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The World Is Made of Glass

In case you haven’t heard, the north and midwest has been hit by a frigid ice storm which has covered the entire city with thick layers of ice. A bit dangerous, but really beautiful to look at if you have the misfortune to be outside. The below pictures are a few that my friend Jenni took (thanks!).



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  1. #1 Charlie (Colorado)
    January 23, 2007

    I never saw that phnomenon until I was away at grad school at Duke — it just doesn’t happen in Colorado OR California — and it always looks so cool to me.

    Until I go outside.

  2. #2 Tyler DiPietro
    January 23, 2007

    We get hit with an ice storm about every 8-10 years up here in Maine. I was lucky enough to have only lost my power for a few hours in total last time it happened.

  3. #3 Tara C. Smith
    January 23, 2007

    Man, we just have slushy snow…

  4. #4 The Ridger
    January 23, 2007

    I remember that happening in Texas once when I was stationed there – late 70s. It is beautiful, but dangerous – hard to drive on, especially if it doesn’t happen often.

  5. #5 pough
    January 23, 2007

    Damn, that looks awesome.

  6. #6 Baratos
    January 23, 2007

    I think that happened in Pensylvania once. I remember going outside, and falling every time I tried to walk. I ended up sliding to the bus stop.

  7. #7 maria
    January 24, 2007

    absolutely gorgeous, and less dangerous if your parent won’t let you outside without a batting helmet. Rochester (NY) had a huge storm in 91(?) and we were out of school for a week. Unfortunately it also killed the 100 yr old maple trees down the block.

  8. #8 Roy
    January 24, 2007

    Christ, you guys are making me actually feel good about Michigan right now- we seem to get a decent ice storm every couple of years. Usually things are mucked up for a day at most, and (at least on the interstates) the roads are far more messy after a heavy snow than an ice storm.

    I love, love, love it when we get a moderate ice storm. The one we had last week was really cool- I wish I’d had my camera with me on my way to work that Tuesday- when the sun came out, and was shining through everything, it really did look like the world was made of glass. Very, very cool.

  9. #9 Shelley Batts
    January 24, 2007

    Yeah, it was really beautiful, in a very surreal way. It stuck around for a long time too, and when things are starting to melt now, weird icicles are forming. (Icicles scare the crap outta me though…..)

  10. #10 knobody
    January 24, 2007

    very pretty. reminds me of the one ice storm i lived through. just before christmas in 1989 i think. freezing rain in florida! my then boyfriend and i took a walk at night and watched the neat glowing spots in the sky when transformers would blow up. closest i’ve ever been to seeing the northern lights. by morning the freezing rain had changed over to a light dusting of snow. i-75 was shut down while we waited for salt trucks to arrive from kentucky.

  11. #11 Roy
    January 24, 2007

    Oh, yeah- that’s right! I forgot that icicles freak you out, too. Lucky for me, none have formed over the door to my building yet. I hate, hate, hate walking under icicles.

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