Even though we’ve been living in our apartment for a couple of months, I still haven’t quite gotten over how far we can see. Even on a cloudy day like today…
I can clearly see the silhouette on the eastern horizon of what I am convinced must be the cooling tower of the nuclear power plant located in Bridgeman, Michigan. Which means, of course, that we can see clear across Lake Michigan from this spot.
So how exactly far is that? My desire to know sent me Googling a few weeks ago for a straight-line distance calculator (since it is obviously much farther in mileage to drive around the bottom of the lake).
The first on the Google list was a site called Daft Logic, which calculates the straight-line distance between points that you click on a GoogleMaps display. According to this site, I am looking at a place that is about 56 miles away.
To do an accuracy check, I then accessed a site called GPS Visualizer, which allows you to enter the addresses for two points (or their latitude and longitude) and then does the calculation. Eh, voila, it also came up with about 56 miles, within about a tenth of 1 percentage point of the Daft Logic calculation.
This still kind of blows my mind, considering that we moved from a second-floor apartment in Washington, D.C., from which we could barely see the apartment building across the street when the tree outside our window was leafed out.
So how was the weather more immediately outside the window yesterday? In a word, beautiful. A deliciously brisk taste of fall. According to Weather Underground, Chicago O’Hare yesterday reported a high of 59, with a low of 42 and no rain.
It sounds like Washington had a pretty nice day too, with a high at Reagan National of 78, a low of 54, .03 of an inch of rain, and a sunset so pretty that some friends posted pictures on Facebook. Props to you, but I still call that a win for Chicago, bringing its overall lead to 34-10 in the Cooler on the Lake Shore Chicago vs. D.C. Weather Smackdown.
In case you think I’m cheating, I’m including at the end of this post some photos of our walk along the lake yesterday.
Not as pretty today, though. The forecasts, from Weather.com, with an advance look at Michigan State’s weather for victory over Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Saturday (Go Green! Go WHITE!)…
Chicago: Generally cloudy. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 59. Winds light and variable… Tonight… Cloudy early with some clearing expected late. Low 48. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph… Saturday… Partly cloudy skies. High 69. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.
Washington: Mostly cloudy skies. High 67. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph… Tonight… Overcast. Low 53. Winds light and variable…. Saturday… Mostly cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 71. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
South Bend: Saturday… Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High around 70. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.
Photos from Thursday…