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The Best Photos of Winter Storm Hercules

Last Thursday and Friday, a massive winter storm, dubbed by The Weather Channel as “Hercules,” brought impressive snowfall and frigid temperatures to much of the Northeast and Midwest. Although the storm wreaked havoc on commutes and holiday travel plans, it did provide for some fun and funny photo opportunities. Below, we’ve compiled the best photos of Winter Storm Hercules from around the internet. Enjoy!

It looked impressive from space and miraculously seemed to miss Texas completely.

It was impressive from space and miraculously seemed to miss Texas completely. (source)

In Kansas City, Parks and Recreation officials dyed this fountain red in support of the playoff-bound Chiefs, but it froze.

In Kansas City, Parks and Recreation dyed this fountain red in support of the playoff-bound Chiefs. It froze. (source)

Too funny.

Too funny.

The caption on this Instagram post read simply: #rental (source)

The caption on this Instagram post read simply: “#rental” (source)

In New York, a man broke out the cross country skis for his commute through midtown.

In New York City, this guy broke out the cross country skis for his commute through midtown. (source)

It even snowed inside subway stations.

Even the Borough Hall subway station got an inch or two of snow. (source)

The local and national media fawned over the city's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who shoveled his own sidewalk in Brooklyn.

Local and national media fawned over the city’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, who did his own shoveling at his home in Brooklyn. (source)

Dante de Blasio's friends didn't hesitate to ask him to lobby his dad for a snow day.

Dante de Blasio’s friends didn’t hesitate to ask him to lobby his dad for a snow day. (source)

The snow didn't stop this guy from enjoying his hot tub.

The snow didn’t stop this guy from enjoying his hot tub. (source)

Newport & Hoboken after Hercules snow storm

Temperatures in Hoboken got as low as 8 degrees on Friday. (source)

Chicago got ___ inches of snow.

Chicago got 11 inches of snow. (source)

O'hare airport got ___ inches, and ___ cancelled flights.

O’Hare airport got 11 inches, and hundreds of cancelled flights. (source)

This person tried to save their parking spot with a box of Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops. (source)

This Chicago resident used boxes of Apple Jacks and Fruit Loops to claim their parking spot. (source)

Chicago Lakefront Winter 2014

The typically picturesque Chicago lakefront was even more so. (source)

GSC friend, Bela Shayevich, sent in this pretty shot of a Chicago billboard.

GSC friend, Bela Shayevich, sent in this pretty shot of a Chicago billboard at night.

In Minnesota, this family built a sweet snow shark. (source)

In Minnesota, this family built a sweet snow shark. (source)

In Michigan, this lighthouse almost completely froze over.

In Michigan, this lighthouse almost completely froze over. (source)

In Boise, zookeepers made a snowman in these lions' play area, the lions mauled it.

In Boise, zookeepers made a snowman and these lions tore it to shreds. (source)

This Canadian man had some trouble. (source)

This Canadian man had some trouble getting outside. (source)

Portland, Maine got ___ inches of snow.

Portland, Maine got 12 inches of snow. (source)

Boxford, Mass. got __ inches of snow.

Boxford, Massachusetts got 24 inches of snow! (source)

Breaking waves covered this coastal house in ice in Scituate, Mass

Breaking waves coated this coastal house in ice in Scituate, Massachusetts. (source)

Winter Storm Hercules on Nantucket Island

Nantucket Island flooded. (source)

Frozen waves in Rhode Island (source)

Frozen waves in Rhode Island. (source)

Hurricane Sandy: a critical look from a personal perspective

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There’s my laundromat…

Hi, my name is Andrew Weatherhead.  I’m a Chicago native and a member of the Geographic Society of Chicago, though I’ve lived in New York City off and on since 2005.  I currently call the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn home, which — as you may or may not know — is a coastal enclave of some historic significance.  It was part of the original 17th century Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam, it played a role in The Battle of Brooklyn during the Revolutionary War, and from the 1920’s to the 1960’s it was the busiest freight port in the world.  It was also one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th.  Given my proximity to this extraordinary meteorological event, I thought I’d use the following blog post to give a personal account of my experience and try to answer some questions the storm has raised about the nature of extreme weather and the future of urban development in a changing global climate.

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