Tuesday, January 29, 2008

From balmy to arctic -- winter plays another of its practical jokes on the Madison area

The day in pictures (click on photos to enlarge in Flickr):

Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.
A warm, drizzly morning. Lake Wingra was melting and reflective as I drove through Vilas Park on the way to work.

Tuesday, 3:52 p.m.
In early afternoon the cold front cut through our area like a cold knife. The rain turned to sleet, falling on icy pavement, and then to blowing snow. A lot of people, including me, left work early to get a jump on the weather. With rotten visibility and a road that was bit slippery but not too bad, I took refuge behind a slow moving snow plow and followed it much of the way home. I figured it would clear out any problems in front of me.

Tuesday, 4:31 p.m.
Back in Madison, traffic moved slowly, the streets filled with slow moving rush hour traffic -- slow enough for me to grab my camera when I saw the dog walker up ahead on Wingra Drive, roll down the side window and snap a shot. These shots out the side don't usually work, but this one did. The woods in the background -- "lovely, dark and deep" -- are part of the UW Arboretum.


thechrisproject said...

I managed to shoot a video right before the weather turned to crap around 2:30. You should come to the Polar Plunge this year!


Madison Guy said...

Chris, you're a better -- or at least hardier -- man than I am! What a cool video. I'll try to make it, but definitely not in the water.

Good luck. Just make sure this doesn't happen to you.