Chicago Blizard Of 2011 vs Big Snow of 1967

Looking Back at Chicago’s Past With Snow in my eyes

Weather Memories

This coming snowstorm will likely dwarf the impacts of the Big Snow of 1967 in the Chicago Area. 100,000,000 people may be impacted by the various dimensions of this storm nationally. For me, being from the Chicago area, the local impact will have to meet a different criterion.

The forecast for this expected snowstorm in Chicago has it potentially topping the “Big Snow” of 1967.  I lived in a nearby Southwest suburb that was actually near the heaviest band of that storm. We had 34 inches, with much more dramatic effects. I remember how surprised we were when we heard that so much of Chicago only had 23 inches from that one. The only folks getting anywhere quickly were on skis.

This next storm may not have those kind of localized differences. But this new storm will have to top 34-36 inches in my mind, and my mind has its own kind of measuring stick, or dip-stick.

That year of 1967, my town had the “Chicago” tornado of 1967, a small earthquake; 4.-something I believe, and my last remaining parent committed suicide, there was that.  Quite a year for me there.  But during the Big Snow I did deliver newspapers.  Folks were shocked that I arrived at the door over the snowdrifts, some even gave $1 and $5 dollar tips which were huge back then.

So Chicago.  I’ll just be waiting to see that yardstick disappear into the open field, with just your hand holding the tip. But for the rest of the Chicagoland Area, I suppose hitting 24 inches will do the record breaking job.

Now I have to prepare for the deep freeze coming here for the next few nights

Weather Events: The Great Chicago Snow of 1967

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Jan 19, 2007 One of the many weather events I missed in old stomping grounds happened forty years ago this month: the Great Chicago Snow of 1967.

Warm Arctic/Cold Continent Paradox

The Arctic Paradox – how warming makes for cold winters | Climatide

Dec 15, 2010 The Arctic Paradox – how warming makes for cold winters cold U.S. and Europe as the “Warm Arctic/Cold Continents Pattern,” which is the

Longest Light


Longest Light

The end of a day

near Summer Solstice

burning sky moved northward

nearly passing western mountains


It is relative

like Truth

like Position

on an eternal edge

of One Reason

expressed upon continuums

unfolding constant


as looking

as dreaming…

Wondering on a star

here most near

yet far






Tucson Gem Show At Tucson Electric Park

-With the Superbowl drawing many to their TV’s, travelling around Tucson was a breeze, while most places were not too crowded, thanks to the decided lack of men able to be away from their media addiction.

This is the gem and mineral show group that once was in a large lot near downtown where “Rio Nuevo” was to appear imminently over a decade ago.  It was a fun location there, as if you were out in Africa or somewhere more exotic than Tucson.

The move to the “Electric Park” was a big downer; tents strewn around rocky gravel, sometimes with mud coming up.  It has improved none over those years, except that more vendors are crowded over the rocks.  Inside one large tent I had to walk across loose boards floating in water to exit.  Nice.

But still there are fantastic sights to see, even at Tucson Electric Park.  Good thing the electric did not apply to water all over the ground and carpets.

-and a road flows through it—

-Small tents too.  Many were closed up due to rain, but opened later.


Another Day In The 70’s; January 6 2010 Arizona

The view last evening

I’ve been working outside and sweating on occasion.  Helping a restorative justice project move locations today in sunny, warm weather.  Much of the rest of the US is quite cold, and for that I send you who are warm wishes this new year.


There is some frost outside at the moment.  That counts for something.

Emma And The Angels


With presents gone, Emma settled beneath the Christmas tree to be comfy with the angels.


Another cat has removed most of the ornaments one at a time, starting first with the Santa’s.

Happy New Year!