Shortly before 4:00 PM (CST) yesterday, the tear-down began. There were still at least twenty or more trees left unsold, which would be hauled back to Wisconsin and run through a shredder. The Christmas Tree Lot, a tradition at this spot for many years, will most likely not be back, as Mr. James N. Pritzker (of real estate development/restoration fame) now owns the property…and there are plans for a four-story parking structure to be built on this and the property just north, which is now owned and occupied by the Shambhala organization of Rogers Park. Apparently, their fine building will be torn down within the year!
…I shut down last night, I took one long look out the window and said aloud, “There won’t be any snow out of this!”…and I was right (again! I should have been a weathergirl, in addition to being an artist, yes?)! There is a meteorologist here (I knew him back when he started out in Milwaukee) who goes absolutely BONKERS when any amount of snow shows up on his very expensive radar equipment. He predicts and predicts…most of the time he’s WRONG, as he was again re: this HUGE storm that was going to devastate traffic, and, oh, holiday shoppers, too! Any sane being, checking the radar, then looking out their window, could have seen that the radar was WRONG!
According to this morning’s Chicago Tribune,
First snowstorm of season fails to measure up
Chicago’s first snowstorm of the season fell short of expectations, dumping far less than the 6 inches predicted for some areas and creating little of the havoc that hit the western part of the state and Wisconsin.
But it was still enough — barely — to end the record 290-day string of snowless days. The streak ended around 6:30 p.m. Thursday when a tenth of an inch of snow was recorded at O’Hare International Airport. Another tenth fell before midnight, according to the National Weather Service.
The heaviest accumulation in the Chicago area was 1.2 inches in Grayslake. In Chicago, three-tenths of an inch was recorded at Midway Airport. A few more flurries may fall today before the sky clears.
You can read more here, but it’s not really worth it!
As poor Bob at the Christmas Tree Lot next door has been selling very wet trees in the rain, I thought I’d ‘make’ my own snow, as he still has about 40 trees left…and a little snow would definitely put people more in the mood to purchase their tree!