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Around Chicago golf courses, icy glaze adds to snow daze

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If you are an extraterrestrial that only landed in Chicago yesterday, you probably would not know that Jan. 1, 2014-Jan. 5, 2014, Chicago’s temperatures were below zero, and that huge amounts of snow fell. Well, to add to Chicago’s, winter woes, on Jan. 10, 2014, temperatures were warm enough for rain instead of snow to fall upon Chicago-land and its golf courses. Although this rain helped to melt the snow, such melting snow, and the newly-fallen rain, produced icy glazes—black ice.

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Jan. 1-Jan. 9, I did not check golf courses to see if anyone was playing. However, the odds are 99.9% percent in favor of no one playing golf during those snowy, sub-zero days. Since most, if not all, Chicago-land golf courses are around parks, park conditions are important.

On the curbs, especially near sidewalks’ ends where they cross intersections, melted snow and rain created deep puddles. Many puddles were at least six inches deep. This amount of water will soak feet, shoes and socks. Of course, to get to golf courses and parks, even if it is just to see large expanses of undisturbed snow, requires driving or walking across intersections.

Most sidewalks around Chicago-land golf courses have asphalt or concrete construction. At approximately 3 p.m. on Jan. 10, on the Columbus Park Golf Course’s sidewalks, there was black ice. This black ice was in many spots that were mostly devoid of water puddles. Nonetheless, in Columbus Park, there were many more spots of standing water at least four inches deep on sidewalks than there were sections containing black ice.

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o Columbus Park-Northwest View

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o Columbus Park-Pavilion C

o Columbus Park-Snowscape

o Columbus Park-Trucks Parking Lot

o Columbus Park-Vases Sculpture

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