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Busy day at the bridge, 2009 chase plans
LINK: Kanawha County Metro 911 calls
All of those calls marked milepost 58 on I-64 are at the Carter/Oakwood/Fort Hill bridge, which has been seeing accidents with EMS/police response about once every hour since the rain started this morning. That is nearly on par with what I see when the bridge is iced over. Most spinouts and minor crashes at the bridge don't get called in (drivers just keep going if they are able), so it's probable that there have been more than the ones listed. A 911 call usually means there is a non-driveable damaged vehicle in the road and/or injuries. The fact that there have been four calls to the bridge since light rain started is very unusual, but not really surprising. FYI the "58 I-64 East" call listed at 1:46AM yesterday (scroll some down the page) was the one involving the minivan that I captured yesterday morning.
I have too much web site work to do this afternoon to go and see what's going on up there now. Standing out in cold rain is worse than snow.
2009 Plains chase plans
There is good news and bad news for my annual weather expedition to the Plains this year. The bad news is that my tour reservation for late May had to tentatively cancel due to the guest's work conflicts. I have not pushed/advertised my tour services at all, as I've been reluctant to sink money into it. Consequently I don't expect to be running any tours unless something pops up at the last minute. The good news is I now have a reliable vehicle that I know I can take on a weather expedition worry-free. That, coupled with doable gas prices (as long as they don't rise too much), might make a short trip during a nice southwest flow, multi-day outbreak setup a possibility. My tax season is becoming a major annual expense, and therefore the 'wild card' that will determine if I have any funds for a trip. So, I won't make a decision about observing until tax season is done and May rolls around.
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