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Friday, February 27, 2009

Snowman's Hill

I had a couple deliveries in McCloud today and went over the infamous Snowmans Hill. It is a great drive without the snow on the roads but another big storm is scheduled for next week. The snow people enjoy the play area at the summit.




Wednesday, February 25, 2009

More Waterfowl

I went to Tulelake again today and with the wind and the overcast skies the waterfowl were a little on edge. Thousands of snow geese, swans, Canadian geese and other waterfowl on the water and in the skies.
(click images for larger pictures)



Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Some Competition

I saw one of our competitors today on I-5 heading north. The company is California Overnight and they use their own vehicles also. Notice the unhooked packing strap hanging over the crushed package. Our company is Golden State Overnight.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Building G

So, what is in Building G ? Where is Building G ?

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Road Stuff

Yesterday I saw the after effects of an accident. The roads were clear and dry here so I am not sure how it happened. Only one vehicle, didn't look like anyone was seriously hurt.


















Black Butte got some more snow from the last storm also.


















This is Mount Shasta from the intersection of A-12 and Highway 97.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Snow Removal from Mount Shasta City

There was a lot of snow again in Mount Shasta and the city crews are working hard to get rid of the stuff from the streets and shopping centers.









Monday, February 16, 2009

Still More Snow

We had still more rain and snow over the weekend. My route today was mostly up I-5 all the way to Yreka. Both Dunsmuir and Mount Shasta got hammered again with snow. Yreka saw basically none. I had some places in Mount Shasta that were not passable even with chains.









Saturday, February 14, 2009

More Snow

Hurry up and wait. Friday the CHP had chain control check points all over I-5 where mountain passes were close. The first picture is before the Dunsmuir grade. The traffic back up was several miles long. This makes for a long day. The snow in Mount Shasta City is so thick that they pile it up in the streets. One customer said she had 3 feet at her home. Some deliveries cannot be made even with chains on because the snow is too deep in the driveways. We have more snow in our weather forecast for this week end and next week.



Friday, February 13, 2009

Little Shasta Church

Yesterday my route included some stops in Montague and out Ball Mountain Road. Coming back to the area I went through Little Shasta and was able to get a picture of Little Shasta Church. I once did a blog on the cemetery in Little Shasta also. The town was founded in May of 1853 by a mountain climber, John B. Rohrer. The church is all that remains of the original town, unless you count the cemetery.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

More Snow Coming...

Issued by The National Weather Service
Sacramento, CA
4:37 pm PST, Thu., Feb. 12, 2009

... POWERFUL STORM MAY IMPACT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA OVER THE PRESIDENTS DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND...

ANOTHER COLD LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL SPREAD RAIN AND SNOW ACROSS THE REGION TONIGHT AND FRIDAY. THIS SYSTEM WILL CAUSE TYPICAL WINTER CONDITIONS OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE MOUNTAINS. SNOW LEVELS AS LOW AS 1500 FEET HAVE ALSO PROMPTED THE ISSUANCE OF WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES FOR THE FOOTHILLS AND MOTHERLODE. THIS SYSTEM COULD DROP A HALF INCH OF RAIN IN THE VALLEYS WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS IN THE NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY BY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

A MUCH STRONGER STORM MAY BRING HAZARDOUS WEATHER TO THE ENTIRE REGION SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THE LATEST COMPUTER MODELS SHOW A DEEP CYCLONE JUST OFF THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST SATURDAY NIGHT THAT WILL BE VERY SLOW TO MOVE INLAND. A STEADY STREAM OF MOISTURE WILL SURGE ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LATE SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. HEAVY RAIN IS POSSIBLE IN THE VALLEYS AND FOOTHILLS... WITH HEAVY SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS DURING THIS PERIOD.

THIS WILL BE A WINDY STORM. SOUTHEAST WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE IN THE VALLEYS AND FOOTHILLS SATURDAY NIGHT. HEAVY RAIN MAY CAUSE MUD SLIDE AND DEBRIS FLOW PROBLEMS OVER BURN SCARS FROM SUMMER WILDFIRES. URBAN AND SMALL STREAM NUISANCE TYPE FLOODING IS ALSO POSSIBLE. THUNDERSTORMS COULD DEVELOP IN VERY UNSTABLE AIR SUNDAY. IN THE MOUNTAINS... SEVERAL FEET OF SNOW MAY COMBINE WITH WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH TO FORCE THE CLOSURE OF MAJOR HIGHWAYS SUCH AS INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAY 50. WINTER STORM WATCHES HAVE ALREADY BEEN ISSUED BECAUSE OF THE POTENTIAL HIGH IMPACT OF THIS STORM.

SNOW LEVELS MAY ALSO BE A LITTLE HIGHER WITH THIS STORM. THIS COULD CAUSE THE SNOW PACK AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 3000 FEET TO RAPIDLY WASH AWAY AND AGGRAVATE MORE NUISANCE TYPE FLOODING.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Igo Veterans Cemetery

I had a delivery to the Igo Veterans Cemetery today as most of my northern route was canceled due to heavy snowfall and road closures. It has been almost a year since I have delivered here.
The rain stopped for a bit and the sun came out and you can see the hills in the background with the fresh snow.



More Geese and Eagles

I noticed that the geese population had increased yesterday with the addition of some Canadian Geese. (the darker ones in the second picture - click image for larger picture). There were still some eagles foraging for food close by. I am not sure where they go when the blizzard started.





Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Storm Coming

We are expecting 6-12 inches of snow in the mountains with this huge storm coming tonight and tomorrow morning. I drove in a blizzard almost all the way home from Weed to Redding tonight. This photo was taken about 4:30 this afternoon in Castella.


















The second picture was almost to Redding in the Lakehead area.


School workers, teachers claim to be lotto winners

In Central Valley, the town just north of Redding, also known as Shasta Lake City, a group of school workers and teachers have the winning ticket good for Saturday’s Super Lotto $76 million jackpot.

Nancy Gillum, special projects director of the Gateway School District, said she is one of 15 who will have a piece of the prize. She said they all work for the district.

She said the group found out at 10 a.m. yesterday that they had the winning ticket. The numbers were drawn Saturday night.

Although they had the day off Monday because of Lincoln’s birthday, Gillum said they weren’t able to get everyone together for a trip to Sacramento today to claim their prize. The California Lottery office closes at 5 p.m

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fresh Snow

We had a little fresh snow with our latest storm. Monday's route had a bit of snow on my entire drive. The picture is close to the community of Day, CA. Day is near the city of McArthur.


Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tulelake Stuff

I don't know how many people saw the "Dirty Jobs" episode with the Tulelake Mallard and Pillow company but the building sits right down the street from the grocery store. Mike Rowe had a great time here with Trudy.













































Saw some eagles today on my way through the refuge but by the time they saw my truck stop there was only one left.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snow Geese and Swans at Tulelake























The ice is starting to melt and the snow geese are back. A lot more than you can see in one picture. Click the image to see a photosynth of the area.



















A short video, notice the abrupt ending when I fall off my truck.