December 29-31, 2006 Severe Ice Storm Page 1 of 2

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Well it is morning now and I'm about to head home(after chasing the snowy side of the storm). It was amazing how clear and sunny it was here while it was snowing heavily back home 3 hours east. To this point I had no idea how bad the ice storm was just a bit further east. I was just figuring some ice coated trees to take pictures of. I was about to be shocked at what mother nature could do with a bit of freezing rain.

As I left I had a problem with the drivers side wiper squirter. I get out of the truck to clean it off and my feet fly out from under me. I was on my way down HARD. I reached to my side with my right hand to grab the truck. Well my hand lands right in an open area near the windshield, between it and the hood. It was just enough to grab. I just grabbed and held, about yanking my arm out of its socket. I was pleasantly surprised that my ass stopped about 2-3 inches above the pavement. I streched some tendons in my arm or something as it still feels kind of dead, half achy but not sore, 4 days later. After it happend I wasn't sure it would have been better than just hitting on my butt. It was so funny though at the time, since I was going straight down that fast and stopped that close at the last second thanks to being able to hold that one area of the truck.

There were cars EVERYWHERE east of Cozad. I finally got tired of taking picures of them. That and it was getting slicker and slicker as I moved east.

As I got further east the scene became very amazing. You could tell it was getting thicker from the interstate, but I had no idea it was this thick till I pulled over at this rest stop just west of Kearney.You can see the trunk coated in ice and how it cracked the ice as it started to be bent over.

This was pretty interesting. I was walking on this thinking the area was filled with gravel and that was how this formed like this. Then I thought, no, surely there is grass under this. You could walk right on top of this like it was concrete. I finally kicked down through it to see. Sure enough, this was above the grass. I guess smaller pieces would fall from the trees then get coated larger, and round. There was just enough snow falling after the fact to cover up the thick ice below.

No worries today I don't think!

Still at the rest stop. It was rather fun walking through this tall grass.

Now when you look at this pole there is one thing you can't tell. It is just about that thick on the side facing the camerea.

I pulled off at the Shelton exit and headed south towards Kenesaw. It started to be more apparent just how big of a mess this might be. I was finding poles snapped off in several locations.

This is barb wire....

Amazingly coated with ice.

The landscape was more and more strange the more one saw of it.

Just look at the tall pieces of grass.

Classic! Note the expiration date.

"EXP. Jan. 2007

Are you StormReady!"

(It expires the day after the photo lol)

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