Chicago: frosty morning

Sunrise yesterday, at that brief moment when the skyscrapers catch fire from the east. It was bitter cold, and looking at this photo makes me shiver, but I suppose you really can’t tell that it was cold:



  1. Pete Moulton
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    Sort of an urban alpenglow?

    • Achrachno
      Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:44 am | Permalink


  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    I like the shiny building shots. It doesn’t look cold but I know it is cold so that is enough. I’m done with winter and its blowing snow and I bet the people of Atlanta have had enough taste of snow too!

  3. Lurker111
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    I suppose when I tell you that Richmond, Va., was at 2 degrees this a.m., you’ll just put on your T-shirt and laugh.

    But for us, it’s a bit of a shock. Yesterday I scraped our walkway when the sun was shining in 18-degree weather, and after the last few days, that felt like spring.

    For Richmond, Va., that’s bizarre. When Virginia Beach goes to single digits, that’s outrageously bizarre. Those folks down there, in their bungalows, are probably shivering like an engine with a bad motor mount.

  4. gbjames
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:42 am | Permalink

    Warmer today, though! In the balmy +20s (F)!

  5. Posted January 30, 2014 at 6:45 am | Permalink

    I flew through and over Chicago yesterday morning on my return to Ecuador. The near-shore parts of Lake Michigan were frozen solid in most places. It looked and felt horribly cold. But the Miami airport was colder inside than O’Hare. Those southern folks are not ready for something like this. They must be suffering badly.

  6. Yofi
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 7:00 am | Permalink

    I was born in Chicago. I know what cold looks like!

  7. ichiban
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    I’m in town on business, visiting from sunny Los Angeles. Walking by the river from my hotel to the merchandise mart early yesterday morning, the cold was bone chilling to say the least. I was stuck in NYC a few weeks back when the polar vortex came through and it was nothing like this. Chicago is still my favorite city to visit, can’t wait to get my noms on.

  8. Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I bet you wish you were back in Poland, enjoying their weather….


  9. Larry Gay
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    The sky is clear, meaning easy heat loss by radiation, which is correlated with very cold weather.

    • Larry Gay
      Posted January 31, 2014 at 4:03 am | Permalink

      And of course condensed water vapor from smoke stacks which I missed on first look.

  10. Marella
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    My poor husband will be visiting Philadelphia shortly. The weather is forecast to include 20 inches of snow. Australians don’t have the clothes for that kind of weather. Can you run an airport with 20 inches of snow on the ground?

  11. Diane G.
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 2:49 am | Permalink

    Way cool light effects there!

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