Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Snowflakes and Earthquakes


Last night,  rumbling walls woke me up.  As I watched the perfume bottles on my dresser pop up and down, I realized what was happening. Another earthquake hit Chicago.  I went back to sleep.  You see, natural disasters are pretty common here.  I've lived through blizzards, floods, tornadoes and this counts as the third earthquake I can remember. It was only a mild 3.8 on the richter scale.  Those tremors were nothing compared to the 12.6 inches of snow that clobbered Chi-town yesterday.  The snowfall broke the record for the most daily snow in 125 years.  Top that off with blowing and drifting snow and 7-12 below wind chills and you've got a typical Chicago winter. How do I deal? Lots of coats, sweaters, boots and a highly developed appreciation for the whims of nature.

16 comments:

A Cuban In London said...

Ahhh, the whims of nature. Beautiful picture, by the way. I loved the snow when it came to London a few weeks ago. And I agree with you. What else can you do but go back to sleep? :-)

Greetings from London.

Tiffany said...

Yea I heard Chicago had an earthquake yesterday, no one was injured thought right?

And Toronto is having the complete opposite when it comes too snow. it snowed yesterday but nothing much, Vancouver needs all the snow the usa is getting because the ski hill literally has no snow on it.

Fly Girl said...

Cubano,tthanks. Chicago is full of beautiful, snow-covered pictures now. It's just not fun commuting through it.

TIffany, No, the quake was too mild to do anything but rattle houses. I'll send some snow over to Vancouver for you.

Footsteps said...

We've gotten a bit snow-covered here too. But no earthquakes. Seems like a properly timed tilt or two might help clear the roads a little, though!

Kalyber said...

I'm sure the memories and hopes of pending tropical visits helps too
: )

Fly Girl said...

Heather, the quake offered no road clearing but maybe next time.

Kalyber, you are so right. My visit to St. Thomas next month is helping to sustain me. Thanks for dropping by.

Lola said...

Love the snow photo!

That's pretty scary about the earthquake though. These blizzards, earthquakes, flooding...something is most definitely going on!

Fly Girl said...

Lola, I don't even want to think about what all these natural disasters mean.

HereBeDragons said...

More than a foot of snow? In one day? Yowsers. Is anyone going anywhere in that weather? I think I picked the right year to move to Southern Cal! I didn't think Chicago much got earthquakes. What a combo! Stay WARM.

Catherine said...

snap there was an earthquake here on Monday 8th whilst I was blogging - my apt had a really good old shake for 30 secs - like a tree swaying in the wind - is it true that such disaters are becoming more frequent?? this one was 5.8 Greetings from Mexico

Jean-Luc Picard said...

That sounds like a stay-indoors day!

Mary and Sean said...

lovely white winterland! perfect for drinking hot cocoa and reading a book

Fly Girl said...

Dragons, Chicago gets everything!

Catherine a 5.8! Now that wasn't a mild one. This disasters are becoming more frequent and I don't know if it's global warming or what.

Jean-Luc, I wish I could stay indoors!

Mary, that sounds so nice but I don't know when I'll have time to do it.

Ekua said...

3.8... we probably wouldn't even notice that here in SF :P But if it snowed like that we'd definitely flip out ;)

Fly Girl said...

Ekua, I know you would!

shantiwallah said...

I also don't associate Illinois with earthquakes, but there sure does seem to be a lot of activity these days. We don't get many in Auckland (more in Wellington) but I was somewhat happy to leave Japan two years ago just so I could leave behind that scary shaking that occurs on a regular basis.