I had relatives in Chicago with whom we spent the odd Christ
sorry, Christmas. It was icy and cliche`, cliche` windy, and the drive in was a white knuckle drive with trucks throwing mud onto the windshield and eventually an empty windshield washer reservoir and nowhere to pull off on the adjustable expressways they had then with moveable barriers to suit the time of day. My Aunt and Uncle's home was in Glencoe near where they filmed the first Home Alone. My uncle was a VP with A.C.Neilsen. They moved to CA when he retired, San Mateo, or are there two t's?
Chicago has always been the home of amazing weather, so cold in the winter, and so hot in the summers, but this latest spate of tornado like events has been very worrisome.
My very best to you Digger, and hope the bad stuff continues to miss you.
Now up here, in an unremarkable corner of Toronto where a friend lives, he's been dealing with Microbursts for the last 10 years. He's lived in the family homestead (not kidding, an 1834 stone farmhouse on the banks of the Humber River) for 30+ years, but in the last 10 he's been losing trees to extreme weather. Thankfully no damage to the house in all this, but that's just good luck. He lost an entire Garden set which was picked up and deposited more than a quarter mile away, but a stone farmhouse is pretty impervious to the travails of winds. It even survived Hurricane Hazel in 1954 when the Humber topped out at 20 feet above flood level, or so he and the photographs tell me. The house was about 20 feet higher than the flood.
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