Madison Apartment
Monticello Apartments
5001 Sheboygan Apt. 116
Blizzard of 2007

On Feb. 24, 2007, the National Weather Bureau put out a Blizzard Warning for Madison. Here are some pictures the next morning. About Mid-Night we had a snow thunderstorm complete with lightning and thunder.
"Blizzard warning now in effect until 6 pm cst Sunday. The blizzard warning is now in effect until 6 pm cst Sunday. Snow is expected to gradually overspread all of southern wisconsin this evening. Areas from marquette through ozaukee county and points north will see the snow kick in the last due to lingering dry air, but the rest of southern wisconsin will see snow develop rapidly this evening. Some sleet may be mixed in with the snow at times. The snow will become heavy tonight. Snowfall expected tonight through Sunday will be in the 7 to 14 inch range. In addition, strong east winds will gust to 40 mph at times resulting in blizzard conditions with visibilities reduced to less than one quarter mile at times. The strongest winds are expected tonight into Sunday morning. A blizzard warning is issued when sustained winds or frequent gusts of 35 mph or more will combine with falling and/or blowing snow to result in near whiteout conditions with visibilities around 1/4 mile or less for 3 hours or more. This will be a very dangerous situation. If you leave the safety of indoors, you are putting your life at risk. Travel is not recommended tonight and Sunday."
This view shows the apartment before the snow was cleared from the porch by shovel and the sidewalk by snow blower on the apartment complex's gaden tractor.
The snow blower on the apartment complex's gaden tractor here is clearing the sidewalk to the street. Of course, the city plow will block it again..
This is just after the snow blower has cleared the sidewalk. Note the sharp edges at the intersection of the sidewalks. Also note how much the hedge is buried under the drifts and snow thrown by the blower.
Jan stepped out onto the patio about Mid-Night, leaving her foot prints. She also tried to make a snowball from snow on the patio railing. The snow in that area came after that time.
Then the city snow plow clears the parking area of the street. Pity those who did not park off street and got "plowed in". Over night, the wind blew like crazy, creating waste high drifts in front of our apartment.
The snow blower made a total of three trips around the sidewalks. This was taken after the plow on the street had blocked the sidewalk and the snow blower had cleared it again.

Here we see a van parked on the street right in front of our apartment. With this must snow, the driver must remember that passengers must get out before you park.

Other scenes in Madison

The cleared intersection of Sheboygan and Eau Claire. I took this image while crossing the street to my bus stop.

This is the view opposite my bus stop. By the way, that is where I am supposed to get off the bus in the afternoon. Kind drivers stop in the intersection to let off passengers.

They cleared the sidewalk in front of the Engineering Centers Building by burying the box for apartment rentals under the pile. The biggest problem is now what to do with all of the snow.

Stairs are difficult to keep cleared in winter. Some are roped off, like these, to cut down on the work. The ropes do not stop some people as you can see from the foot prints. That is the First Congregational Church that I belong to as an associate member.

There are large limestone blocks suitable for sitting while you wait for the bus under the snow. The snow is only partially cleared around them so that the snow does not have to be disposed of. There is no place to put it. Look at the pile by the street in the far corner of the photo from clearing the driveway. That pile is 6' tall!

On my walk to chemistry, I passed this pile, again more than head high!

One danger of heavy wet snow is a collapsed roof. Here we see the snow slidding off the roof of the Materials Science & Engineering building in a thick sheet. Snow builds up on roofs in the north due to insulation in the attic that is not seen in more temporate climates.

Usually railroad tracks extend high above the snow. However, in this case, the rail is about 6" below the surface of the snow!

They sorta cleared the sidewalk. There is a $100 fine for not clearing your sidewalk. You are also expected to clear the snow from around fireplugs. Such plugs need to be cleared before the fire, not after the firemen arrive to attempt to put out a fire.

All of the area here is concrete. The same question, where do you put this much snow? Answer: clear paths between Union South on the left and the Wendt Engineering Library on the right; plus cross paths to other areas of campus.

This pile is at the end of a street that had to be cleared to reach some campus parking lots. Those concrete posts poking through the pile are near waist high. This pile is over 7' tall!

Yet another large snow pile. They are everywhere and many make these look like a spoon full of sugar in size.

This nasty mess is the remains of snow along a major street where dirt mixed with the snow. This March 9, 2007 scene just suggests the problems. Pot holes are everywhere. One must watch for vehicles that might hit one of these pot holes and splash water head to toe. I learned the hard way.

This is a snow mobile trail. Note the minature stop sign and curve signs. This image was taken on March 11, 2007, the day that the Dane County Snow Mobile trails were closed for the season at 4am. This trail is just south of Cottage Grove where Jan had preached earlier in the morning.

Let me add some human results of the storm. There were 4 heart attacks and 3 chest pains treated at the area hospitals as the result of shovelling the heavy, wet snow. There were several cases of amputated fingers as the result of operating snow blowers, the result of operators using their hands to clear jams in the augers.

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