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Rex wets forest preserve golf courses

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On Feb. 17, 2014, winter storm Rex added another seven inches to Chicago’s, ground, snow layer, and wet Forest Preserve Golf courses. In addition, other, outdoor areas like urban streets, parks, sidewalks, trees, garbage cans, houses and alleys received significant, snow amounts. (Rex ended at approximately 9 p.m. on Feb. 17.)

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Of course, besides Forest Preserve golf courses, Chicago Park District golf courses and other suburban golf courses also received significant, snow amounts. The fairways on most courses probably resemble Arctic, Antarctic or Siberian scenes showing no evidence of humans (no ski tracks and no human footsteps). On some courses, deer tracks and dog tracks may be more abundant than human tracks.

On Feb. 18, 2014, temperatures were warm enough to cause some of this snow to melt. Such melted snow was not obvious on golf course fairways (The average snow depth on fairways is probably two feet.), but street curbs showed huge puddles, especially at intersections.

Some sidewalks are only walkable if pedestrians are willing to sink knee deep into the snow; snow-plowing trucks pushed street snow onto sidewalks. Sidewalks around golf courses are closer to the streets than sidewalks in residential neighborhoods or business districts; dirty snow now covers these sidewalks to an unknown depth. (It may be a month or more before golf sidewalk snow melts sufficiently to allow pedestrians or golfers to walk comfortably on them.)

Under the snow there is certainly ice and mud. Under the snow there are leaves and twigs. The snow is hiding lost golf balls, and making it difficult to discern the contours of teeing grounds and putting greens.

· Caldwell behind Trees

· Caldwell Fieldhouse

· Caldwell Parking Lot

· Closed Caldwell Lot

· Deer-Edgebrook

· Now-Edgebrook Sign

· Snow around Caldwell Sign

· Snow-covered Parking Spots

· Snowed-in Stop Sign

· Snowy Edgebrook Lot

· Snowy Speed Bump

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