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Yes, that’s Atlanta this morning. As of 8am today some people were still on the roads. My facebook feed is still full of abandoned people all around 285 that can’t get home. My facebook feed is also full of people looking for their friends and family and some folks wondering how to get home when their car had to be abandoned.

In the decades I’ve lived in GA it has never ever been this bad. My dad was trying to come home from work early to avoid the snow. He was stuck out there so long, he eventually had to make a couple of fairly dangerous maneuvers to get to my cousin’s house and stayed there.  Usually, once it starts snowing, people leave work early and make it home. The odd man on the streets at night gets caught in the ice but usually it doesn’t impact the city this much.  This time everything from tractor trailers to school buses and everyone trying to get home got caught in the speedily iced roads. Because we have such high traffic roads, the salt and sand that did get put down was only effective for a couple hours and the trucks were not able to make a second or third pass on the roads because traffic got so bad so fast. We just didn’t have enough preparation and prevention, from either the goverment, or as individual citizens.

We know that next winter, and even for the rest of this one, Jeremy and I will have blankets, water, and some dry food in the trunks of our cars just in case we do get stuck. Even chains for our wheels. I have my doubts about how well prepared we will be next time as a city. I certainly didn’t expect as much snow as we got, or the rate of ice just based on the weather forecast for the day.

So far no deaths have been reported, and I am glad for at least that small miracle for our city.




It's a snow day in Atlanta! Around noon, the snow started to really come down and by 3pm, there were INCHES.

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Southerners like me look at snow with both fear and wonder.  Almost never do we get this large quantity and every time we do, the traffic goes cray cray. I was thankful to live close to work, and away from the highway so both Jeremy and I made it safely home and had some fun in the snow! Some people are actually still in traffic, like six hours later. Wow.



I know many of you out there are about to laugh at me but guys I was so excited to see the snow flurries this morning! I hate the cold, but snow with its tiny magical, symmetric, beautiful, fragile and impermanent flakes really excites me. I made Jeremy wait while I grabbed my camera and ran around his car in this subzero weather. These were the only ones that turned out. Next time I will wear gloves so my hands don’t shake!





Snowmageddon ‘11

So, two exciting things happened today. One, we got some epic snow in Atlanta, where I live. It’s pretty darn rare to get a big serving of fluffy weather like this so most of us are thrilled. Two, I got the epic swarm badge for checking into Snowmageddon ‘11 on foursquare. Yes, this excites me. :)

I took two photos outside…

This one shows you the density of the flakes during snowfall at any one time…


And this one the beautiful movement of the flakes with the wind over about 1/8th of a second….


Can you tell I’m stoked. I’ll be out with my camera tomorrow as much as I can without freezing!



The snow today was absolutely amazing. It totally blew me away how beautiful it was. I don’t get to see snow often and when I do it’s mild flurries that melt away. Never has it looked so beautiful, powdery and graceful as it fell. So soft were the tufts of snow on everything this evening. I was inspired and went out with my half-working camera to take some shots.

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The experience was entirely unreal for me.

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You can tell I�m happy. :-)

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I�ll never forget today! See the rest of the photos here: