This is the first of 3 LO's about the blizzard in February 2011. This page's photos were taken during the blizzard, and the journaling covers all 3 LO's. The 2nd LO (The Aftermath) has photos from when the storm was over, and the 3rd LO (Snow) covers the following day.
The top center photo is a collage of images from the storm that I got off the internet. It shows satellite and radar stills and the cars stranded on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, etc. The top 2 right photos are my front and back yards from when the storm was really getting going, around 4:45pm on February 1. The 3 across the center are from 1:30am on February 2, and the bottom 4 are from 8am that day. You can see how high the snow was against my back door when I got up that morning, and in the bottom left photo, you can see my mailbox barely peeking up out of the snow.
I did the journaling on the computer and printed it on vellum. It says:
On the 31st, I took Cassie out of school at 12:30 to go to Winnetka for her pointe shoe fitting. The storm hadn’t started yet, so we made it to Tap that evening. Tuesday, February 1st, we woke up to an inch or two, and I took Cassie to school before I did the first round of shoveling. At noon, they decided to let school out an hour early and cancelled it for the 2nd. All dance was also cancelled. By 4:30, the storm had become a blizzard with 35mph sustained winds and 50mph gusts. The power was flickering, and by 8:00, I could no longer open the sliding door. Luckily, Abby can use a pee pad! I went to bed around 1:30am and got up at 8. The scene outside was unbelievable. The snow almost buried the mailbox.
The sun came out a little before noon, and people started to emerge to dig out. My snowblower handle broke before I could finish the driveway – the snow was higher than the machine – so I paid the neighbor boys to finish it. Everything was cancelled again on the 3rd, and it wasn’t until that afternoon that Cassie and I tried to conquer the backyard. Abby hadn’t been outside since Tuesday afternoon!
In all, the January 31 – February 2 North American Blizzard, or the 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard, officially dropped 21.2” of snow at O’Hare, making it Chicago’s 3rd largest total snowfall in history behind the Chicago Blizzard of 1967 and the Blizzard of 1999. Some suburbs had higher totals, the most being 27” in Antioch and Roselle. Drifts reached 10-15 feet. For a few hours on Tuesday evening, snow fell at a rate of 4” per hour along with thunder and lightning. Peak gusts reported were 61mph at O’Hare and 67mph along the lakefront. Eleven snow-related deaths were reported in Illinois, including a man walking on a lakefront pathway who was blown into Lake Michigan by the strong winds and a woman here in Mundelein who died of hypothermia in her car. During the storm, Lake Shore Drive became impassable, and ultimately, at least 900 cars and buses were stranded there. Some drivers were afraid to abandon their cars and were trapped for as long as 12 hours. The City couldn’t begin clearing LSD of cars and snow until the evening of the 2nd, and it wasn’t reopened until late afternoon on the 3rd.
I was trying to achieve a newspaper style LO here. It didn't completely work - my columns didn't line up - but I'm happy with it. In addition to the journaling, I printed the date/time labels on vellum. I edged the photos with a black Sharpie. The 'Snow Gear' embellie is a fabric shirt label that I've had forever. I thought it worked here to resemble an ad. I cut the title with my Cricut (3/4").
Gray textured cardstock: Martha Stewart smoke
Stickers: Creative Memories; 3 Birds
Computer font: Alex Handwriting
Sharpie; vellum; black cs