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Monday, January 6, 2014

"Siberian Sea Smoke"

Posted by on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

That's what the radio tells me this evaporation off Lake Michigan is called. Off for the morning papers, if I don't comment on Slog with the hour, send search dogs.

View of Lake Michigan
  • Photo by Bill Savage
  • View of Lake Michigan

I normally despise media labels for news events, but "Chiberia" works for me.

UPDATE: Survived paper/bagel run. Took more shots till fingers numb, below the fold. . .

pano at lakefront
  • Photo by Bill Savage
  • pano at lakefront

Yes, that is a pedestrain on that pier
  • Photo by Bill Savage
  • Yes, that is a pedestrain on that pier


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Bauhaus I 1
Man, that looks cold. Like Barrow, Alaska cold.
Posted by Bauhaus I on January 6, 2014 at 7:38 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
Chicago is literally colder than the South Pole right now. No thank you.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on January 6, 2014 at 7:58 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 3
Watch out for these things
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 6, 2014 at 8:03 AM · Report this
@Urqutha: those things wouldn't last 20 minutes in most of Chicago. The potholes and gangbangers would take care of 'em.
Posted by Chicago Fan on January 6, 2014 at 8:04 AM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 5
Fantastic. Just beautiful!
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on January 6, 2014 at 8:22 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
Only if the gangbangers are using harpoons and tow cables - that armor's too strong for blasters.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 6, 2014 at 8:53 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 7
Oh, yes, lovely. And in the hot, hot summer, this beach is covered in putrid Alwifes.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 6, 2014 at 10:20 AM · Report this
Ice dunes! I haven't seen those since I was in college in Erie, PA. Every year, the school would warn students not to walk on the ice dunes because they are hollow and there is icy water underneath them. And every year some guy (and it was always a guy) would ignore the warnings, walk on the dunes, and fall through. The next week there would be an article in the college paper about the dangers of walking on the ice dunes.
Posted by Sheryl on January 6, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
Confluence 9

Yeah, but it's also about a thousand times cooler than Seattle. South-Pole-chill is a small price to pay in order to live in a real city and avoid the overrated white suburban town of Seattle.
Posted by Confluence on January 6, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Pedestrian on pier - later to be "body found." You'd think people would save the divers the trouble.
Posted by Alice Dreger on January 6, 2014 at 11:21 AM · Report this
@7 Alewives pretty much extinct in Great Lakes due to Zebra mussels and round Goby invasive species. @8, yes, I'm watching idiots test the ice right now. It's so quiet out, I'd hear the screams. Dogs much likelier to go in, since they run out on the edges all the time.
Posted by Chicago Fan on January 6, 2014 at 11:34 AM · Report this
@11: These pictures are fantastic. Thank you.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 6, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Pfft, it's not cold in Chicago until the lake's iced up to 100 yards out. But enjoy congratulating yourself for enduring a few frozen nose-hairs, if you really need the ego boost that badly.
Posted by robotslave on January 6, 2014 at 12:18 PM · Report this
TVDinner 14
@8: Ice dunes? I gotta admit that's a new concept to this middle-aged northwesterner.

And I'm ok with that. I really can't imagine living in a climate where's that's a thing.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on January 6, 2014 at 1:27 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 15
9, yeah, Springfield is a much a better city than that snooty Shelbyville.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on January 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM · Report this
@14 On smaller lakes that freeze over completely, there are also ice quakes.…
Posted by pjmad on January 6, 2014 at 2:25 PM · Report this
Uh, no, that is not a pedestrian on the pier, unless the pedestrian is about 30 feet tall. Do a google image search for "lake michigan pier" to see the scale of that trestle that leads out to the lighthouse.
Posted by beef rallard on January 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM · Report this

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