Vortex In Vermilion County

Photo @ ‘only’ minus 10F

Very brief excursion on the Raleigh — the photo demonstrates one of the reasons why.

The Friday prior to all this, the weather warmed enough to turn snow covered roads into slush which then froze to glaze ice.  Most side streets are a giant skating rink.

And then. . . . . .


 And then. . . .

Monday:                 A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. Breezy.

From the lowest wind chill to Monday’s high is almost a 100 degree difference.

From Polar Vortex to Sonoma Vortex!   🙂



Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

9 response to "Vortex In Vermilion County"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: January 31, 2019

    Em makes me sweat. You make me shiver. Your venture into “only” minus 10F in the Vermilion Vortex could put you into the running for biggest temp differential of 2019. I bet you’re really looking forward to 100F and off-the-charts humidity when the corn is tall!

    PS: My ace support crew and I were looking at your weather forecast a few days ago, and immediately realized you were heading for the lovely event of rain and slush followed by a (very) hard freeze. That led us to reminisce about central Illinois winters and agree how much we missed them. Not.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 31, 2019

      Note to Self:
      Self? As someone with a rudimentary knowledge of Geography, you should know living in continental interiors is a really bad idea!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: January 31, 2019

      Could break a helluva lot more than that! LOL
      (The street I was on is a Snow Route which was completely free of snow and ice)

  2. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: February 2, 2019

    Could you get spikey tyres?

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 2, 2019

      Hadn’t thought of that — decades ago a kid at school made his own tire chains for his bicycle — pretty impressive at the time.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: February 2, 2019

    Your photos demonstrate one of the many reasons I fled Indiana as soon as I could at 18. After I moved to Colorado, it was a huge revelation that you could live somewhere with nice winters – beautiful snow that melted/evaporated from the roads quickly but left snow in the mtns for play… and sun, lots of sun. My dad has always talked about how we lived in the ice belt of IN – it usually snowed to the north and rained to the south… and we got ice. My parents live in CO now and do not miss IN winters one bit!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: February 3, 2019

    I don’t even like to walk on roads like that let along get on my bike!

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 4, 2019

      Ice is pretty much impossible even on 4 wheels.

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