Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee

A Lot Can Happen in a Week

You may recall that we had a late-season snowstorm here on Monday. The 15 cm on the ground here at Fernley was nothing compared to what Reno/Sparks got, causing massive traffic problems. Oddly enough, apparently there was very little snowfall in the Sierra Nevada to the west of us. The storm sneaked around the Sierra somehow.

Three days after the storm, few signs of of the snow remain on the ground here, and much of the snow on the surrounding hills is gone as well. The weather has turned sunny and warmer, and I took the opportunity to take pictures of both of Thursday's "people trains."

Spring Train

Westbound Amtrak #5 shot through at full speed on Thursday morning, and with the "house tracks" empty, it was a chance for me to get a clear shot of the train.

Spring Train

Running on time at 4:45 PM, eastbound Amtrak #6 came though at a more sedate pace, as the dispatcher had set up a meet with a westbound freight train. Having had a bit of notice that they were on the way, I was able to go out and perch atop the concrete pad that once held some sort of railroad infrastructure (possibly the water tower whose boards were incorporated into the under-floor support beams of our house) to get this closer shot. Compare this shot to this one that I took on Monday afternoon. It's not the same location (the concrete footing on which I stood in the above photo is visible to the left of the power pole in the linked photo), but you may be able to see how much snow was on the hills around us and compare it to Thursday's show to see how fast it all melted.

Fortunately, the quick melt has not triggered any flooding other than some very large puddles in some low-lying areas.
Tags: amtrak, fernley, weather

  • Defensible Space

    Yesterday stayed cloudy all day and (relatively) cool. I decided to tackle digging up the growth in the field next to the house, which, once it dries…

  • Breathing Easier (For Now)

    With a cooler day and less smoke in the air, Lisa and I ran into Reno to get groceries from WinCo Foods that we missed on our previous trip on…

  • Slightly Clearer

    Today the high temperature was a mere 32°C, which is a full ten degrees cooler than it was a couple of weeks ago, and it a lot easier to live…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.