Sunday, January 9, 2011

Record Snow 1-8-2011

If you don't live on the east to south east side of a Great Lake, then you probably don't know about Lake Effect Snow. It happens when the arctic air blows across the warm lake water, picks up moisture, turns it to snow and dumps it wherever it happens to dump it.  Its not selective and there is no way to know from one MOMENT to the next which way its headed. It happened in Laporte County Indiana a couple of weeks ago when they received 3 feet of snow in the southern most  section of the county.

Saturday morning, Corey had to be at the high school at 6:15 to board the bus to head to South Bend for a  wrestling meet.  The news hadn't come on yet when we left.  We had snow, but since my Element is an all wheel drive, I don't notice how bad the roads are sometimes.  The plan was to get Cor to school, breakfast at our favorite diner, then on to the grocery store.  By the time we got to the store, we received a call to pick Corey up at school in 1/2 hour.  The meet was cancelled due to snow.  We didn't question it then because phone reception was bad in the store.

Early Saturday morning as it started to get light out.  Look how serene it is.  You can see how much snow fell since about midnight to about 8:00 in the morning.  Doesn't look to serious, huh.  When we picked Corey up, he told us that the snow in South Bend was about up to his waist, (he is 6'3").  He has a friend from Indonesia that wasn't too happy to be thrown in the snow.  Corey couldn't even see him when he heard Joe yell that he was going to kill him for that! Then all the boys started pushing stuck cars out of snow drifts.  They even pushed the school bus from Plymouth High School out!  And the snow was still coming down.

How's THIS for moving snow??

That's a CAR they are digging out!!

No, I wasn't lucky enough to stay in and work on my January  BJP.  We have responsibilities in this weather to those we care for.  And Terry has to be at work to clear walks.  Since they have not yet found his replacement, I went to work with him.  I didn't want him to be at work alone.  Course, one of our side kicks was with us too! 

And Maire, when you read this....most businesses were closed due to the mayor calling a State of Emergency, which means unless you are on the road for an emergency, you will be ticketed.

South Bend...38 inches of snow in 2 days.
Mishawaka (to the east) 28 inches in 1 day
Osceola (further east) 22 inches in 1 day
Elkhart (borders Osceola 22 inches, but the south east of town...5 inches.)

This all set a new record.  The snowfall beats our comparison...the Blizzard of '78!, which was worse, but only because in '78 the winds blew drifts 15' high.


robin michelle said...

I give up - I don't want snow! And I've been cold all day here because it's in the high 30's-low 40's! California looks pretty good right now. Take care and be careful!

crystal said...

So glad to read your report! I've been thinking about you ever since I heard that you got so much snow.

We experienced lake effect snow on a winter car trip to see hubby's folks in Ohio through Buffalo, NY.

We woke up in our motel in Buffalo and the car was buried. Later on, the roads were so bad, we couldn't see where they began and where they ended. Luckily, a huge truck was ahead of us and the driver knew the route well, so we just hugged his bumper. Scary!

Hope you're not sore from shoveling!
xo Crissie

Lynn said...

Oh my gosh, I hadn't heard much news this weekend other than the hateful shooting in AZ. I had no idea you guys were getting buried!

I love LES - that's Lake Effect Snow, for all you not familiar with the acronym. Ever since I moved north of Buffalo, we don't get it very often unless it comes in from Lake Ontario.

I think that kind of weather event just brings everyone together to help each other out. At least that's what happens in Buffalo - its called the City of Good Neighbors for a reason.

Keep those bird feeders filled ;)

mairedodd said...

those kinds of snow demand a state of emergency... we got 33" the day after xmas - and that was a state of emergency.. yet, people still went out... and they broke down and got in the way of people working so hard to clear the roads for emergency vehicles... it is nice to know that you and terry had a sidekick and that you work together as a family...
stay warm!
my dad used to work in chicago and he would talk about the lake effect all of the time... now i see it!
stay warm! did the kids stay home from school today?

brenco1 said...

Living in Arkansas we don't get much snow, but woke up to about 6 inches this morning. Now you know how that traumatizes us Southerners-LOL. Be careful.

Momma Bear said...

I don't know weather to be grateful we missed it or sad!
I remember that!
I was in H.S. for chicago's snow of 79 and we had a blast!
of course we lived in an apartment and didn't have to shovel walks! we didn't have a car either(and really who needs one in chicago?) though getting to the train was an adventure!
and walking through drifts that came up to your shoulders in some places was difficult, your toes were frozen by the time you got there but your cheeks were rosy and snowball fights were plentiful!
*sigh* 2" of snow in seattle and the city shuts down till the ice melts off.
of course there are hills here.
steep ones! it gives driving in slippery conditions new meaning, when the car is going sideways instead of forward!
keep warm my friend! watch out where the huskies go.......

freebird said...

My niece in Alabama is happy to have got 11 inches last night which was enough to close the state down including police and schools. She's having a great day playing in the snow with her kids. I guess they get snow so seldom they don't have the equipment to deal with it.

Jan said...

Oh man! Unbelievable! I'm glad I don't live there. we got 18 inches a couple years ago over the course of several days and that was a record for me. We aren't prepared for that much snow. Of course, how can anyone be prepared for as much snow as fell in your area if it isn't average? Take care.

Kristen said...

Oh I remember the snow of 78 we had it here in western NY too. We haven't seen snow like that in a long time it would make my hubby giddy!

Lody said...

Oh my! And here I am complaining non-stop about (IA) snow, you guys have way more than we do... but we're suffering from negative weather lately too, plus roads aren't accessible today. Let's all hope that snow will stop nor go to other direction!

a2susan said...

My brother-in-law and family live in Mishawaka, well, Granger, we get off at the Mishawaka exit, all the same...I'm glad it's not us yet. It's coming down pretty good here now, but you never know if it will add up or not.

Will never forget the blizzard of '78. Time to go condo shopping in FL for next winter!

Beedeebabee said...

Oh boy, oodles of snow! We're supposed to get a really big storm tonight into tomorrow. 1 to 2 feet. (I'm on Long Island) I'm sooo happy, Carol! I know you love the summer, but I'm a real winter lover. Love your pictures. Stay safe, sweetie!
xo Paulette

Plays with Needles said...

Holy WOW!!! 38 inches!!!!!! You can make snow angels standing up in those drifts!!! Hope you don't overdo it with the shoveling.


Marty S said...

You really got it! We're in the Lake Michigan snow belt, too, but this storm went south of us. Our 3-year-old "auxiliary grandson" in South Bend helped his parents clear the sidewalk with a Fisher-Price dump truck. It didn't speed things up much.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader