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Date: 12/30/07 11:50
Big storm on the way to California
Author: czuleget

It looks like the weather will be changing fast after the new year for us in California. Get the flangers, spreaders and cameras ready.

http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/shtml/P_brief.shtml

The third chart image from the bottom shows the potential for this storm. This by the way is as of today. Things can change as well over the next three days, so keep informed by your local weather station.



Date: 12/30/07 13:21
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: Yarddogh

I can't find my crayons . . dang ! 'Dogh



Date: 12/30/07 15:13
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: graybeard1942

czuleget Wrote:
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> It looks like the weather will be changing fast
> after the new year for us in California. Get the
> flangers, spreaders and cameras ready.

A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL SEND A
SERIES OF STORMS INTO CALIFORNIA BY THE END OF THE WEEK. A
PROLONGED PERIOD OF HEAVY RAIN IN THE INTERIOR VALLEY...AND HEAVY
SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS IS EXPECTED. STORMS WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT THE
REGION LATE WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY...AND CONTINUE INTO NEXT
WEEKEND.

THESE STORMS WILL DROP SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE CENTRAL
VALLEY...AND HEAVY SNOW OVER THE MOUNTAINS. AROUND 10 FEET OF SNOW
MAY FALL OVER THE HIGHEST MOUNTAIN PASSES BY THE END OF NEXT
WEEKEND.

VERY STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO EXPECTED AT TIMES IN THE CENTRAL
VALLEY AND MOUNTAINS LATER THIS WEEK. WEATHER FORECAST CHARTS
INDICATE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXTREMELY STRONG WINDS...BUT NOT QUITE
ON THE MAGNITUDE OF DECEMBER 12, 1995. ..WHEN WIND GUSTS FROM 60
TO OVER 80 MPH STRUCK NORTHERN CALIFORNIA...INCLUDING PORTIONS OF
THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY. THE STRONG WINDS RESULTED IN NUMEROUS POWER
OUTAGES THROUGHOUT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

DANGEROUS WINDS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS OVER THE
SIERRA NEVADA. TRAVEL WILL BECOME VERY DANGEROUS IN THE MOUNTAINS..
IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TOWARD THE END OF THE WEEK.

Yep...it may just be....ROTARY TIME!



Date: 12/30/07 15:34
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: Chief409

When they put up "chains required on 4 wheel drive" restrictions, and I'm in Reno, I stay put. Much preferrable to being stuck in a drift.

Who knows, they might have to run a flanger through the "Trench".

Be Safe out there,
Jeff



Date: 12/30/07 16:23
Confucius know all about weather and California
Author: fredkharrison

Confucius say: He who watch weather track often miss what come down train track.

Confucius say: In Colorado, big storm three feet of snow, but, in California, only five minute drizzle.

Confucius say: When eastbound storm hit westbound freight, engineer say, "Good time to clean windshield."

Confucius say: Rain big thing in California because everyone forget where is umbrella.

Confucius say: Man who predict rain not always right, and man who put pennies on railroad track not have good sense either.

Confucius say: He who color weather map have too much rice wine, but he who tag engine have a devil.

Confucius say: Railfan who come out in big storm without raincoat soon lose foaming action.

Confucius say: Photographer in rain storm can take slick photos, but photographer in ice storm can take snap shots.

Confucius say: Railroad save vintage equipment only for rainy day.

Confucius say: Engineer not worry over big storm because he know track is tied down.

Fred Harrison
Central Point, OR
CORPpower/JSS/EORS



Date: 12/30/07 16:33
Re: Confucius know all about weather and California
Author: Chief409

What's an "umbrella"?

Down where I'm at we worry more about Wind Advisories, dust storms are nasty!

On the Mojave Sub,
Jeff



Date: 12/30/07 16:34
Re: Confucius know all about weather and California
Author: UPNW2-1083

fredkharrison Wrote:
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>
> Confucius say: Engineer not worry over big storm
> because he know track is tied down.

Track might be "tied down" but it should have something beneath it to support it.-BMT









Date: 12/30/07 16:49
Re: Confucius know all about weather and California
Author: ProAmtrak

I don't think UP's gonna get the "Big Boys" out of Roseville anytime soon, if storms start hitting that part of the state like it did back in the late 90s, oh yeah, those big babies will be called out!



Date: 12/30/07 17:48
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: calhog

Heard that one before. Those things usually wind up veering north, so the north coast might take a good hit. The Bay Area will probably get brushed by the southern end of the storm, while SoCal stays high and dry. That's usually how it plays out.



Date: 12/30/07 19:48
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: sphogger

Lets hope the forecasters are right this time. Shasta Lake is up all of 4 feet so far this season. Still 123 feet from the top.

sphogger



Date: 12/30/07 20:13
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: WAF

10 feet in the highest peaks mean just that, maybe 4-5 feet at Norden.. still a lot of snow, but no dice for rotaries unless big slides occur



Date: 12/30/07 20:45
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: AlwaysLate

sphogger Wrote:
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> Lets hope the forecasters are right this time.
> Shasta Lake is up all of 4 feet so far this
> season. Still 123 feet from the top.
>
> sphogger

Is it low enough where one can see the old tunnel and ROW around Lakehead?



Date: 12/30/07 21:21
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: wwdrkid

Gee, here in Martinez we should warn those beavers that their beautiful dam may have to go.



Date: 12/30/07 21:21
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: weather

Bet on it! Norden could triple its snow on the ground by next Monday---UP Norden Weatherman.



Date: 12/30/07 21:54
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: UPNW2-1083

AlwaysLate Wrote:
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> sphogger Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Lets hope the forecasters are right this time.
> > Shasta Lake is up all of 4 feet so far this
> > season. Still 123 feet from the top.
> >
> > sphogger
>
> Is it low enough where one can see the old tunnel
> and ROW around Lakehead?

There was a thread a while back regarding Lake Shasta with some pics of the old ROW. Do a search and you should find it.-BMT



Date: 12/31/07 12:08
Re: Big storm on the way to California
Author: sphogger

"Is it low enough where one can see the old tunnel and ROW around Lakehead?"

The top of it has been exposed but not sure if it's still above the water line. 4 feet may have put it under water, if not it will be shortly. Who knows what we will be seeing next summer if Mother Nature doesn't start dumping on us soon!

SP hogger



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