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High Plains Drifter

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January 30, 2010

Southern Plains Winter Storm 28 Jan 2010 [post 18]

Filed under: 2010 Jan 28 — Mike U @ 10:56 am

Chase complete.  Just pulled into the driveway. Since I did this winter storm chase right after midnigh shifts, my sleeping pattern was all out of whack.. and documenting the snowstorm didn’t help matters.  I more or less slept in shifts the past few days.  Much like yesterday.  I slept from about 10:30pm to 2:30am, and was pretty much wide awake at that point, and since I was, decided just to pack up and head home right then and there.  Hwy 287 from Dumas to Stratford was touch and go.  There were stretches of dry pavement, but not long enough stretches to drive comfortably at 60 mph or higher since icy/snowpacked areas (mainly fairly bumpy snowpack) would come upon you quickly.  Hwy 54 was still closed from Stratford west into New Mexico, but thankfully it was open east of Stratford.  Almost the entire stretch from Stratford to Guymon, OK was snowpacked since the road orientation was southwest to northeast, parallel to the prevailing wind direction for the storm.  I probably averaged 35mph during this stretch.  I took some tripoded photos of the stranded truckers on Hwy 54 at Stratford as they awaited the re-opening of the highway west of town.  They were lined up for a good couple miles along the shoulder of the west-bound lane!  East of Guymon, it was pretty much smooth sailing from there, as the road was almost entirely dry from that point until I got home.

There was some dense freezing fog, apparently, last evening and overnight before I arrived along the Guymon to Liberal to Minneola stretch.  Rime ice was pretty thick.  Northeast of Liberal, I stopped briefly at a rest area and did a couple moonlit landscape photos of the rime ice.  I think some of them turned out okay.  Then, at sunrise, as I approached Minneola, the rime ice became much more evident to the eye with increasing light.  Minneola was an amazing sight with tall trees in the neighborhoods coated with thick rime ice.  The white landscape was amazing!  I spent the better part of a half hour to 45 minutes photographing the scenes in Minneola before driving the final leg back home.  I arrived home shortly after 9:00am, which was about a 6-hour trip home, counting all the times I stopped to photograph, so drive-time was probably just under 5 hours, for what would usually be a 3-hour drive.  I have two more albums to upload:  1) the “day after” sequence of about 50 images shot in Dumas yesterday and 2) Rime ice photos from outside of Liberal in the moonlight and also at sunrise in Minneola.  Look for these albums within the next couple days hopefully.  In the meantime, here is what I missed back home… this is my driveway:


1 Comment »

  1. That’s my house.

    Comment by Mary Davis — May 12, 2010 @ 9:58 am

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