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 11 
 on: Today at 07:17:08 PM 
Started by jbnv - Last post by paulthemapguy
Dobbs St >> Shell St (near Glasgow, MT)


bladeSL7 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

 12 
 on: Today at 07:10:10 PM 
Started by ZLoth - Last post by Michael
Over the past few days, I've noticed a couple pictures embedded in forums with large "Proudly hosted by Photobucket" watermarks.  After a quick Google, I came across this article.  It turns out that they have a new CEO, photos are no longer being held hostage, and they want to do ďthe right thing for customersĒ.  The prices have increased since the article was written (here's the plan page), but even the most expensive option of $11.48 per month works out to $137.76 per year as opposed to $399 per year.  Also, you can now embed photos with even the cheapest plan.

On a side note, if you open the image in a new tab, it redirects to the photo's page on Photobucket, and you can see the image without a watermark.  I've always been annoyed by the hijacking of the direct image link, but that's a different topic.

 13 
 on: Today at 07:09:50 PM 
Started by empirestate - Last post by paulthemapguy
Quote
November 17, 2018: The Longest U.S. Route in a state.

I know it's a day later, but this seems appropriate for an ongoing challenge until we get them all.

By my count, we're missing:

Nevada
Wyoming
North Dakota
South Dakota
Texas
Nebraska
Mississippi
Michigan
Arkansas (both pictures posted weren't the longest, which is US 62)
West Virginia
Maryland
Delaware
Connecticut
Rhode Island
New Hampshire

I can pick up a couple more:

US16 in Wyoming


271 I-25 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

US3 in New Hampshire


146 US3 by Paul Drives, on Flickr

US19 in West Virginia


WV-041-US19D by Paul Drives, on Flickr


Now we are down to:
Nevada
Texas
Nebraska
Arkansas (should be US 62)
Maryland
Delaware
Rhode Island

 14 
 on: Today at 07:09:13 PM 
Started by Tonytone - Last post by jemacedo9
It's tough.  Unless everyone stays home in the morning, this will always happen.  And if everyone stays home and this didn't happen, there'd be a lot of heat on people for making them stay home for no reason.

And the people that cause this mess - the Meteorologists - escape unharmed.

This is a joke, right? You're admitting that the meteorologists are stuck between a rock and a hard place, but you go on to blame them anyway for being in a no-win situation.

Unfortunately, no, they're not joking.  They are serious blaming meteorologists for people's inability to drive in bad weather.  I don't need a weather report to tell me it's snowing and that the roads are wet and possibly icy.  That means for driving to slow down and be cautious.

If you were involved in a collision, imagine trying to convince a judge or a police officer that your crash was the weather forecasters' fault.  Good luck with that.

So nicely oversimplified.

In my opinion, the issue with this specific storm, and the related commutes that took 4-7 hours in SE PA / S NJ / N DE were as follows:
1. The majority of the weather forecasts that morning called for minimal snow (coating to 2 inches dependent on location) to start after the rush hour with temps rising from around 32 and an changeover to rain mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Some of those forecasts specified that the snow was going to be mainly on grassy surfaces.
2. In my opinion, that led to minimal preparation by the area DOTs.
3. In my opinion, that led to all of the schools remaining open as normal.
4. In my opinion, that led everyone to go about their normal morning commutes to work and school on dry roads.
5. By mid-morning, the temps had in fact not risen, but dropped into the upper 20s, which caused the snow to stick quickly and not changeover to rain.
6. At this point, schools started early dismissals, which lead to people leaving work early, which lead to offices closing, all while DOTs were scrambling to get crews out.
7. The gridlock all over the place ensued not just with accidents, but with many vehicles unable to get up icy unsalted unplowed hills, particularly as plows became stuck within the gridlock.

The main issue in my opinion in this case is the combination of the inaccurate forecast, plus the panic of everyone hitting the roads all at once instead of waiting things out. Though with schools closing early, some/many did not have a choice.

An earlier post pointed out that mid-week storms are particularly rough in this area, which is true.
And I am willing to concede that weather forecasting isn't ever a 100% guarantee. But the main issues I have with the weather forecasters in this area are:
1. There is so much bragging of how accurate each of them are, and they deliver their forecasts as iron-clad precision. In this storm, there wasn't a hint in any of the forecasts of the potential of prolonged icing with a slight temp drop.
2. In mid-afternoon, several forecasters were asserting that their forecasts were correct..  Which is correct in that their 12N forecasts were correct, but not the morning ones.

 15 
 on: Today at 07:08:19 PM 
Started by flaroads - Last post by Beltway
I was referring to concrete pavement that receives a full structural rehab of the concrete to repair places that are damaged or deteriorated, and -then- overlaying the whole thing with 4 to 6 inches of asphalt pavement.  It is no longer merely concrete pavement, but is what highway engineers call composite pavement.  The final product is every bit as good as brand new concrete pavement, and costs a lot less to build, and can be performed with daily single lane closures. 

Full replacement of concrete pavement requires closing one whole roadway for several months and running two-way traffic on the other roadway.

 16 
 on: Today at 06:55:48 PM 
Started by Tom89t - Last post by traffic light guy
Those arec called guy wires

LG-M327


 17 
 on: Today at 06:52:47 PM 
Started by Tom89t - Last post by jakeroot
What kind of signal mast/arm setup is this called? Visibly one of Spokane, WA's oldest setups (note text-only ped signals -- signals are Eagle Flatbacks): https://goo.gl/3C1sGa


 18 
 on: Today at 06:50:41 PM 
Started by bandit957 - Last post by english si
Anyone else remember these? ... I think they had ... a movie too.
Have you just got out of a coma? Or do you suffer from the joyful experience of forgetting Michael Bay exists?

The Last Knight was a summer blockbuster just last year, though 'only' made $600m, a failure compared to the other 4 films in the recent life action film series, a big-budget spin-off from which is coming out in a month, so I'd imagine marketing is ramping up on that in the 'we have no taste, but love explosions' community.

 19 
 on: Today at 06:50:28 PM 
Started by BigMattFromTexas - Last post by Flint1979
Hey, we dealt with late nights when the Wings were in the Western Conference, so it wouldn't be the end of the world.
But that's the main reason the Wings moved to the Eastern Conference.

 20 
 on: Today at 06:44:26 PM 
Started by Tonytone - Last post by Tonytone
It's tough.  Unless everyone stays home in the morning, this will always happen.  And if everyone stays home and this didn't happen, there'd be a lot of heat on people for making them stay home for no reason.

And the people that cause this mess - the Meteorologists - escape unharmed.

This is a joke, right? You're admitting that the meteorologists are stuck between a rock and a hard place, but you go on to blame them anyway for being in a no-win situation.

Unfortunately, no, they're not joking.  They are serious blaming meteorologists for people's inability to drive in bad weather.  I don't need a weather report to tell me it's snowing and that the roads are wet and possibly icy.  That means for driving to slow down and be cautious.

If you were involved in a collision, imagine trying to convince a judge or a police officer that your crash was the weather forecasters' fault.  Good luck with that.
Hold on, Iím not gonna say that people should judge the roads on meteorologists. But isnít that their job? Why have police if they arenít gonna protect & serve? Why have roads if they arenít used for cars/people? Everyone has a job & that job, helps other people, if it is information or literally a team building a house together. If we donít work together. How will S**t get done? Yes saying the meteorologists misjudged info got me into accident, would not work. But if they would have had that information correct. Would that same person or other people have gotten into an accident? Donít just think about yourself when you make statements about others. If that was the case all intersections would be uncontrolled and/or a 4 way stop sign, since everyone knows what to do.


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