Storm Highway by Dan Robinson
Weather, photography and the open roadClick for an important message
Storm Highway by Dan RobinsonClick for an important message
Home | Blog Index | Blog Archives | Christianity & Faith Essays | Storm Chasing Essays

                   Sunday, November 23, 2008 - 1:07PM

Below $2, Tuesday snow

Important Message 30 Years of Storm Chasing & Photography Dan's YouTube Video Channel Dan's Twitter feed Dan's RSS/XML feed

click to enlarge

Even though this is old news to most (since everyone else in the country has already passed this point two weeks ago), it's worth posting that gas in Charleston is finally below $2/gallon for the first time in over 3 years. The cheapest I've seen is $1.89 in St. Albans. Out in the midwest and Plains, where I'm usually observing in the spring, gas is down around $1.50/gallon, with the lowest I saw reported online as $1.48 in Kansas City. I can't help but wonder why this isn't bigger news. For a lot of people in the US, gas going down this much is saving more money per person than a big government stimulus check would bring. If by some miracle these prices stay close to where they are now through the spring, storm chasers may be saving one or two thousand dollars or more *each* in fuel costs! That's no small amount.

I'm no economist, but I can't help but wonder if the dramatic cost savings that this brings for every individual, both directly and indirectly (shipping, cost of goods, etc) will counter any economic downturn. I don't think many people saw this coming while the cries of economic disaster have been trumpeted in the media for the past year. Everyone in this country suddenly has more cash in their pockets. Maybe it won't solve everything, but I don't see how it's not going to make a big impact. It is for me - I might actually be able to make the numbers work on a couple of storm chase expeditions this winter (ice storms, winter severe weather), something I never thought I'd be able to do again. If prices stay below $2.50 through the spring, a regular storm chase expedition would certainly be more doable. Things change when the price of a chase gets slashed in half!

Yet another November snowstorm

Models have been consistent and in agreement on Charleston seeing yet another accumulating snow event on Tuesday. GFS snow total estimates are around two inches, with the mountains possibly seeing up to a foot once again. For Charleston to get three ground-covering and icy road-creating snow events in November is fairly unusual. Not record-breaking, but not normal.

Gas is now 1.56 here in Paducah, Kentucky. I never thought I would see gas below $2 again! Wonder just how cheap it will go!
- Posted by Beau Dodson from Paducah, KY

30 Years of Storm Chasing & Photography
Important Message
Dan's YouTube Video Channel
Dan's Twitter feed
Dan's RSS/XML feed

GO: Home | Storm Expeditions | Photography | Extreme Weather Library | Stock Footage | Blog

Featured Weather Library Article:

Power arcs during storms
All about those blue-green glows in the sky and what causes them.
More Library Articles

All content © Dan Robinson. All usage requires a paid license - please contact Dan for inquiries.

Web Site Design and Internet Marketing by CIS Internet