6 February 2008 Snow



    Welcome to see the snow in Northern Illinois on February 6, 2008. I resized all of the photos, but still left them with some decent size, so please be patient with the page loading as there are over 40 images displayed.

    Almost a week ago, we received about 6 inches or so of snow - very pretty to look at, but lousy for trying to drive in!! We had some warmth over the weekend and then some rain, so we lost some of the snow, just enough to make it messy!! The first few pictures of the squirrel on the feeder were after the rain, and you can not only still see the snow that was left, but also several puddles on the sidewalk in front of the feeder!


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    As you can see, we need a new ear of corn! With the snow yesterday and today, though, it won't be going out there just yet. The only animals I saw outside today were a couple of crows (hollering) and our dear Maggie (golden retriever who lives next door.)

    Yesterday around one o'clock, the snow started, as it had been predicted. It came down fast and heavy for several hours. I was glad I wasn't driving in it as it looked like a blizzard.

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Squirrel feeder snowed in.

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Dan had to run an errand and the drive was pristine with the snow, as well as the mound covering the end of the drive from when the street was plowed.

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Guess who is stuck!?!

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Looking from our front door, directly across the street.

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The railing on the south (left) side of our front porch.

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Looking from our front door, across the street, slightly towards the north.

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Looking from our front door, across the street, towards the north to the intersection at the end of our block.

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The house to our north where neighbor Doug and Maggie live.

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Looking straight across the street.

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Our front yard with the snow still almost pristine. Only the mailman had walked through. {sorry for the blurring}

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Looking straight out our back door - our back porch and our van!

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Looking out our back door - our back porch, our van and the back of our neighbor's to our south!

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Our back porch.

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Standing on our front porch, facing north.

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Standing on our front porch, facing north, my milk can and the front of our house.

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Looking at our backyard and part of the surrounding neighbors'.

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Neighbor's backyard.

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Neighbor's backyard.

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Our backyard and beyond.

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Our backyard and beyond.

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Our backyard, neighbor's and beyond.

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Dan trying to dig himself out.

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In the front, looking south.

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In the front, looking south.

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In the front, looking north, watching Maggie prance up the walk.

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Doug trying to push Dan out of the drive, with Maggie watching on. Note how she had stopped at the edge of the shoveled walk.

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Still trying to get Dan out.

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I think Maggie decided the guys needed her help.

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Success!!

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Parking in the street so he can work a bit more on the drive way.

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Dan and Doug shoveling the drive, with Maggie being the "look out".

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Help has arrived! The man driving this truck generously was plowing out several of the drives - drove in, pulled the snow out with the back of his blade. He then pushed it from the street onto the curbed snow!

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Front walk shoveled.

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Front walk shoveled - distance shot.

      According to the news on tv, so far this winter we have had a little over 56 inches, making this the fifth snowiest winters on record! In our general area - up to the stateline of Illinois and Wisconsin, snow totals for the past day or so was from 12 to 21 inches. The biggest problem this evening, other than the falling temperature (now at 26 degrees F.) and the ice, but the winds are causing a lot of drifting and some of those drifts are covering the highways.



25 February 2008 - More Snow



    Yep, more snow!! On the news last night at 6 p.m., they said we had set a new record! The old record was for December-February 1979-78 with total snow at 63+ inches and we were more than that as of 6 p.m. last night! Today it looks like we got about another 8 inches - and that is on top of the snow already on the ground from the last couple of weeks. This snow is heavy and wet and the wind is gusting up to 35 mph - so drifting is also taking place.


    Yesterday morning before the snow started, we had a lot of rain for several hours. The snow started shortly after noon, and about 2 p.m., I stepped out on our front porch to take some pictures. I was really pleased how I was able to get a close up of the falling snow!


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That "tail" in the second picture is our neighbor dog Thor. Seems like he is always on the move when I try to take his picture - yesterday was no exception!!"


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