02/07/2011 03:54 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Postmortem on Chicago's Worst Blizzard

Snowfall totals rank this week's blizzard as the third worst in history, but you can't begin to judge the storm's presumptive ferocity by a mere 1.8" margin. Trudging from my Lakeview apartment into the arms of Chicago's fiercest climate phenomena took a lot of energy but rewarded me with a peak beyond into the belly of the beast. Curiosity and a southerner's zeal to explore the unknown drove me to venture into the battlefield, beyond the aerial photos.

Along the way I met a wonderful cinematographer who helped capture the moment and bear witness to the tireless efforts of municipal workers working to dislodge a vehicular graveyard that surpassed anyone's expectations.

For a moment in time, the City of Broad Shoulders, which prides itself on its impregnable defenses against Mother Nature, was brought to a standstill as chronicled in Neal's Way.