About Last NIght....
I've been getting email inquiries about my well-being after last nights amazing thunderstorms. I fared well, though others did not. Storm damage on the Museum grounds has been minimal. Cleanup efforts are underway right now. We only lost two trees from the grounds, both trees that predate the construction of the building. Like many of the older trees that date from a period of neglect of this corner of the park, the two that we lost were in bad shape anyway, and can now be replaced with more interesting species that can be properly tended. The rest of Lincoln Park was not so lucky, and there are numerous huge trees down all over the park, and indeed, all over northern Illinois.
Across the street, my car narrowly escaped being crushed by a tree. I went out after the storm to find the very top part of the crown brushing over my hood. I feel very lucky. My commute home was bad last night, but I've encountered worse in snowstorms. The fact that I waited until nearly 8 PM to leave work helped. Traffic was particularly hindered by the fact that one of the major expressways north of the city was closed because of flooding. I didn't have to alter my route, but had to deal with the traffic that would normally go that way merging back onto the Kennedy Expressway.
There was little damage on my property at home, even though Elgin reported wind gusts of 75 mph. Additionally, my neighborhood did not lose power (nor did the Museum, for that matter). Tomorrow I'll get out and see how Bluff Spring Fen fared. An additional round of thunderstorms is expected this evning. Even if they aren't severe, we do not need any more rain right now.