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12-29-2006, 07:20 PM
Hope you have the chains on the 112 and the fuel tank full on your crawler. If you get that 24" they are talking about, you will need them. We just had fog and a light drizzle today but started raining this evening about 7pm. catskinner
12-29-2006, 09:39 PM
Marv, we have about 14" on the ground (or more) and it is still snowing. I don't have a set of chains for the 112 but the D4 is full of fuel and we'll probably put it to use when it stops snowing and blowing. It is nothing but a sheet of ice underneath the snow. I can't even keep it shoveled off the front porch!! :)
Sounds like you folks will mostly get the rain and if you get any snow it won't amount to much.
12-30-2006, 07:42 AM
I'm happy to report that the worst of this storm avoided Denver. We still have a lot of clean-up to do from the last storm. This one dumped maybe 8 inches or so. I understand the midwest has really gotten hit. GWH
12-30-2006, 09:13 AM
I'm happy to report that the worst of this storm avoided Denver.
And i am happy to report we never got any snow at all this time in Grand Junction....2" in the last one, but the snow blower got it in no time at all.
12-30-2006, 10:38 AM
Using my Barnett Lumber Co. calibrated yard stick, I would guess we have right at 18" to 20" of snow on the ground. Wind is out of the N at 24 mph according to my handheld monitor as the real thing has been frozen for 2 days. Forecast for today and tonight is for 100% chance of snow and wind gusts to 35 mph. Overcast now with some drifting and light snow but the drifting has been minimal. I don't see any drifts over about 4 to 4 1/2 ft deep. :rolleyes:
I won't be going anwhere for a while and will have to wait until the wind dies down to move any snow. Sure wish I had found a heat houser for the D4 but I didn't need one last summer!! :)
12-30-2006, 10:40 AM
You must be living right. Just goes to show you how the news media tries to "sensationalize" every thing nowadays.
From what we were seeing over here----you would have thought the entire Rocky Mountains were swamped with snow.
Other than Sadam's hanging----I think they have been running short on major news stories for the last few days. Saw where James Brown's funeral was getting about as much coverage as Gerald Ford's passing.
Gotta look Grand Junction up on the map.
Rain moved in here in early hours of morning----dumped 2 " out of gauge little while ago. Temps around 60 F.
12-30-2006, 12:59 PM
D4Jim...ya need me to bring my snowmobiles out your way? And here I though I was going to have to go to Colorado to ride...LOL! As catskinner said, all that Salina got was rain which is fine with me....spreads evenly acrossed the wheat fields for even moisture, rather than piling up along a fence row and makeing a 60 bu. crop, a couple of combine header widths wide! Keep us posted...Larry
12-30-2006, 08:46 PM
All we've had so far is rain, all last night and today. We had 1.60 at 4pm today. Read where BNSF has sent a rotary blower from Alliance, NE down to Den. and it is going South of Den now. SE CO NE New Mex., and OK panhandle got most of it this time. Have contact in Garden City and several churches and other things are closed for Sun. Had a UP coal train WB thru here at 4pm and they got a track warrant as far as Hays and the dispatcher told them to tie there train down in Hays and she would call a van to come and pick them up. I would sure like to see some rotary action or jordan spreader or any kind of snow plowing. Did see some from Den. airport on the runway with 5 plows and a snow blower blowing that off then. I love that kind of stuff. Heard today all but one power co. guys from here went out West someplace. catskinner
12-30-2006, 08:49 PM
Forgot to tell you. Take some sheets of plywood, cut down of course, and make you some curtain to get the heat back to you. Card board would even work. Will have to tie it down with some twine and you should be able to make a nice little nest. catskinner
12-30-2006, 10:36 PM
Guys......we lucked out in Comanche county, no snow, just 1.25 inches of rain, It looks like Dodge City, Ks and west got ice, which is bad on high lines and trees. Used to buy nice dcanvas heat shrouds with zippers to reach vital spots on engine. Darrol
12-31-2006, 07:40 PM
We had 2" of rain and woke up this morning to 4" of snow. Sun came out about2pm today and heard thatUP is sending Rotary and a Jordan Spreader down the KP Line., and I can't get out there to see it. I-70 is still closed for Salina to Oakley and probably ole 40 fron there to Sharon Springs as well. There is a deep cut right West of Sharon Springs on West side of bridge on hwy there. That will be full. cataskinner
12-31-2006, 08:41 PM
Yes this side (west) of the Rocky Mountains is the place to be when It comes to Colorado weather, so look us up. But, that’s not saying we don’t have a bad winter now and again. About every four years the snow stays on the ground for a few weeks in some cases. Most of the time the snow is gone by noon after a nightly snow fall….I have to get up early to get the snow blower going before it melts LOL. All the neighbors thought I was “nuts” having a snow blower when I moved back down here……but moving from Routt County Colorado (Steamboat Springs is the County Seat ) it’s not unusual having a snow blower, at one time I had two up there, and both were ready to go.
As far as the news media reporting on the weather in The Rocky Mountains they may stretch it a little, but most of the time there not to far off and one should take heed of here reports if your not a mountain driver. I remember to well before the tunnels under the divide, having to chain up at the Seven Sisters so we could get over the Old Loveland Pass route Check Here (www.rockymountainroads.com/us-006b_co.html)
trying to get home for the weekend when working on the east side of the mountains. Most, if not all the hands that worked on the Straight Creek Tunnel, now Eisenhower Tunnels ran studded snow tire on the front as well as the back….you’ll never know what winter driving is till you’ve lost control on the ice going down George Town Hill. LOL. Some of Colorado’s I-70 Winter Roads (http://www.dickgilbert.com/I-70cams.htm)
Now if I was Trakman wanted to ride his snowmobile I would go to Steamboat Springs, CO with money pouch in hand…of course. LOL!
Have a Happy New Year....Kelly & Maryann.
12-31-2006, 08:55 PM
I really do feel for all you folks with the snow storms. I've seen my share.
But it raises the question of why Canada is still called THE GREAT WHITE NORTH? Seems you all get worse storms then we do. Here our total snowfall
so far this winter is less then 20 inches. Maybe you will have to consider moving north to a better more predictable climate!
Might be if this Global warming keeps up you will have to trade your D2s for
I do hope all you people stormed in fair okay.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to all
D.K. in S.K.
12-31-2006, 09:36 PM
we in western ny do not have any and suposed to 60 in the am
normal temp would be 30 and lots of snow. tommorrow should be the day for the maiden trip on the high and wide 7c , small fifteen. we just got this new computer up and running so we will post some pictures soon.
12-31-2006, 09:59 PM
Here is the number two picture of the group,check here (http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/2092/us006wblovelandpass02ag8.jpg) showing some (5, I think) of the seven sisters. They are avalanche runs. The road was wider there from the snow being plowed off because of the avalanches. So, that where you had to chain-up at, under them. You never messed around chaining up either…didn’t take long. LOL.
I’ll never forget the first time I went through the Straight Creek Tunnel. It had opened while I was working at Allen’s Park. We had a early spring snow storm on a Thursday so we shut down till the coming Monday. I headed home to GJ, having a little trouble up George Town hill but after that, it was through the bore and out the other side and into sunshine...no storm at all.. in about 15 or 20 min. That was the best road money Colorado every spent, those two tunnels. I’ve only been over Loveland Pass once since and that was in the summer. LOL.
01-01-2007, 07:56 AM
Kelly, I really enjoyed the photos of Colorado roads. Some were familiar to me; not all.
2HighTen - I chatted with friends in Franklinville (my home town) who have spoken of the unusual winter (mild, little snow), and green Christmas. Was not like that when I was growing up there 50 - 60 years ago!
01-01-2007, 09:03 AM
Great road and mountain pictures----made me move over by the big heater (sorta turned it up a bit).;)
Looked Grand Junction up on the map---you are alot further West than I realized. With regards to the news media----the impression we were getting over here was that the entire Rocky Mountain region was being covered with 12---20" of new snow. That's what was catching me by surprise when you said that ya'll only had about 2".
Had always thought of the tunnels as being "short cuts"----and not necessarily as having such an impact on the driving conditions up in the mountains.
Hey----when we get 2" over here in the Delta----we are snowbound on flat and level highways. :eek:
Wonder where kenmcal is?? Hadn't heard from him in a while---he is the "snow pushing King" here on the board.
This thread is not very "mechanically oriented"----but sure is interesting and educational. Maybe come this summer----I can post ya'll up some pictures of the heat, humidity and mosquitoes here in the Delta to repay the debt.:D
01-01-2007, 11:35 AM
About 2 feet of the white stuff here. Power has been out two days and probably will be out for a week or more. On Gen now to pump water and cool down freezer. I can't even see the D4 yet!!
01-01-2007, 03:56 PM
Yikes, I haven't seen that much snow since I was in the Calif Hi Country. Hope you remembered where the D4 is parked. LOL
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