Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tom Skilling, the Fog, and Me

Belmont Harbor, Lake Michigan, and the fog that wouldn't leave (JWB Photo)

Lake fog continues to flirt with Chicago's shoreline. It's a fascinating phenomenon with effects which are highly localized. You can have dense slashing visibilities at the shoreline and travel 2 blocks inland and bathed in sunshine. James Bartholomew sends us this shot looking toward the lakefront from a high rise north of Diversey Harbor.

That was the caption beneath a photo of a fog-shrouded Belmont Harbor.  My first submission to the Tom Skilling Facebook page and to the WGN Weather Center was a winner.  Shucks, already I’m uncomfortable being this famous.

It has been a most unusual couple of days in Chicago.  I gave a River Tour for the Chicago Architectural Foundation and had to plead with the folks on the boat to believe that Willis Tower was arguably the tallest skyscraper in the United States since we could only see the first 70 floors or so.  This morning, riding my bike along the lake, there was no city to see at all.  I could barely make out the top third of the John Hancock building while the sun shone brightly four blocks to the west.

This afternoon the fog crept right up to the shoreline and that’s where it stayed.  It made an awesome image in which sky, cloud and lake merged into one fascinating mix.  The blog starts with the photo that captured the world’s attention.  The photo at the end is another shot of the same phenomenon. 

Belmont Harbor in the fog (JWB Photo)

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