totsata

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  1. Around 7:30 tonight, a small cell produced the first lightning strike for the year around O'Hare. Heard Skilling mention it at the 9:30pm weather segment. Thought it was interesting.
  2. Meltdown mode here (Des Plaines). After a little more than 3 inches of snow, very limited pingers and a couple of hours of steady freezing rain, temp is above freezing. There was some ice accretion but nothing significant and drippage action is in full force. Couple of bad quality cell phone pics.
  3. LOT's top 10 list of the 2010's based on Twitter and FB polls. https://www.weather.gov/lot/2010-2019_Top10WxEvents
  4. Looks like 0.68" from the first wave at ORD which should mean approx. 48.84" YTD. https://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KORD.html
  5. I believe ORD is at 48.16" which would be 5th all time as it stands. Maybe the 3rd spot is reachable. Not sure we will get 2.7"+ in the next few days to better the record. Some of the master stat keepers here please correct me if numbers are off. 1. 2008 - 50.86" 2. 2011 - 49.83" 3. 1983 - 49.35" 4. 2018 - 49.23" 5. 1970 - 46.09"
  6. Few flakes were mixing downtown Chicago on my walk to work from Ogilvie to about Millennium Park. Some slushy spots when crossing the river but 80%+ of precip was rain. Back at the apartment in Des Plaines, more snow wax mixing in overnight which barely covered cars. It was mostly rain at 6:30 am as temps started slowly creeping up.
  7. Haven't gone out yet but will soon to try and start the car. Attempted to make the infamous instant snow video from the balcony. It kinda worked but would've worked better if I stepped out in the open. Shot at -22F WC of -50F. Hope everyone that has to be out in the elements stays safe through tomorrow! https://youtu.be/9cgTv1nf5Ac
  8. I think there are quite a few optimists on the board (myself included) so it is nice to have someone to ground us which most often than not aligns with the ultimate outcome. *This message was paid for by Chicago Storm Jokes aside, thank you all for your contributions and knowledge shared!
  9. Beautiful fat flakes here (border of Lake and Cook counties) as well. It is so calm and peaceful outside. Doesn't get any better than this! Still think will transition to rain overnight for a bit, but this band made the whole event worth it.
  10. Short video of parachutes coming down earlier in the morning. Temp was hovering just above freezing and the water coming down the gutters can be heard in the background. Looks like around an inch and a half on the grass and colder surfaces. https://youtu.be/VI7tIMDEXPk
  11. First post after following this board since 2012 (primarily to track winter storms). I want to thank everyone for sharing their knowledge, views, and laughs. Dreamt of becoming a met as a kid, but life took too me another direction so the dream became a hobby. Wanted to share a couple of what I think cool 960 fps videos shot this morning on my phone. Apologies that I did not shoot in landscape mode, promise will do next time and the black bars will be gone. Videos are from wave 2 with one of the most picturesque flakes I have seen in a while. In couple of the videos tried to capture the interaction between the flakes and bare ground, but couldn't get the timing perfect. I hope you will enjoy them!