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Northwest Weather Morons, Part 2
KING 5 News ^ | 1/16/07 | 60Gunner

Posted on 01/16/2007 9:13:36 PM PST by 60Gunner

I posted a month ago about Seattle drivers who simply were not meant to go outside any any but the most mild weather, and even then only in the kind of cars that have external airbags. Aparently, Portland (Oregon) has its share of weather idiots, too, as evidenced by this video from KING 5 News. Enjoy.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: baddrivers; portland; seattle; weathermorons
Some people just need to stay home and drink some hot cocoa. Of such people are ER customers made.
1 posted on 01/16/2007 9:13:39 PM PST by 60Gunner
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To: 60Gunner

BTW: Correction to the post: "Aparently" [sic] should be spelled "apparently." Sorry about that. I lost a "p" somewhere. Stupid keyboard.


2 posted on 01/16/2007 9:15:03 PM PST by 60Gunner (ER Nursing: Saving humanity... one life at a time.)
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To: 60Gunner

Every winter we are entertained by these people on the Portland news channels. When the freeways are coated with ice they speed up. The Northwest version of the Nawlins idiots who build their houses below sea level.


3 posted on 01/16/2007 9:21:14 PM PST by Liberty Wins (Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of all who threaten it.)
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To: 60Gunner
I cannot believe that *all* of these people were driving SUV's.

I also cannot believe that I just found myself yelling at my monitor, "For the love of all that is holy! Will you *please* STOP gunning it! IT IS NOT WORKING!!" LOL!

4 posted on 01/16/2007 9:24:04 PM PST by Marie (Unintended consequences.)
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To: 60Gunner

Wow. First time driving in the snow morons.

At around .41 in the video I hear a woman scream "I have three little children inside my car, will you help me get them out"?

I hope the little kids are OK... The rest of these nitwits need to hang their dumb@#$ heads in shame and hang up the keys when the cold wind blows....


5 posted on 01/16/2007 9:24:52 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: 60Gunner

Any idea if this road has a grade.

It's like they are sliding down hill.

I live in the Ohio snow belt so this looks like a pretty mild snow fall to me.


6 posted on 01/16/2007 9:25:26 PM PST by Pontiac (All are worthy of freedom, none are incapable.)
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To: Marie

ROFL.


7 posted on 01/16/2007 9:26:48 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: 60Gunner

I wanna know what was up with that first car whose driver never let off the gas. He looked like a pinball!


8 posted on 01/16/2007 9:28:29 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Celebrate Mediocrity!)
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To: Liberty Wins

I typically don't complain about the roads here in Seattle. It snows, the road people don't do anything, people slide around, and it melts by the next day.

HOWEVER - it has now been SIX days and the secondary roads have STILL not been touched and my KIDS are going on SEVEN DAYS at HOME with no school and I TRRYYY to work out of the house but if THEY CAN"T GET THE ROADS CLEARED BY.....

(Okay - time to back away from the keyboard. Rant off)


9 posted on 01/16/2007 9:29:31 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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Six days stuck at home here, too. WSDOT won't salt the roads because it's "bad for the environment".

Fortunately, I'm in the lowest, flattest part of the city (Georgetown/Boeing Field), so getting within a mile or so of here isn't a suicide mission.


10 posted on 01/16/2007 9:39:12 PM PST by IslandJeff (Bad karma, killing me by degree)
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To: IslandJeff

Yeah - I heard that. The funny thing is Puget Sound is salt water! Minnesota uses salt by the truckload (obviously!) - EVERYTHING gets a white caking. Somehow the fishing is still great.


11 posted on 01/16/2007 9:43:04 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
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To: Pontiac
I learned to drive in West Virginia, in the winter, in a 1978 Ford Pinto. I had a very patient dad. But I never hit anything, and I have never had a problem anywhere since then- not even in Seattle, where crappy drivers make the excuse that "the snow is different here." BS. Snow is snow... the only thing different is that Seattleites don't know how to frigging drive in the stuff. Or the rain either.
12 posted on 01/16/2007 9:51:18 PM PST by 60Gunner (ER Nursing: Saving humanity... one life at a time.)
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To: IslandJeff

I didn't know that about the WSDOT not using salt for environmental reasons. Uh, how about for keeping humans safe from being hit by sliding cars reasons? Or maybe investing in more than 3 snowplows for the million plus population? Or how about sand? I can't get over that first car. I mean after they hit the first parked car, they kept pushing it, hitting how many others? Any idea where this was filmed? it looked fairly flat.


13 posted on 01/16/2007 9:54:20 PM PST by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: Pontiac

They're probably sliding down Queen Anne - that's a steep 'un there in Seattle.


14 posted on 01/16/2007 9:55:13 PM PST by Noumenon (The Koran is the Mein Kampf of a religion that has always aimed to eliminate the others - O. Fallaci)
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To: Noumenon

I believe it is Portland.


15 posted on 01/16/2007 10:06:01 PM PST by Pontiac (All are worthy of freedom, none are incapable.)
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To: All

The location is Portland, Oregon a city located geographically to the south (and ideologically to the left) of Seattle.


16 posted on 01/16/2007 10:12:10 PM PST by 60Gunner (ER Nursing: Saving humanity... one life at a time.)
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To: Pontiac

Correct. I didn't look closely enough. But I have seen vehicles traveling south, facing in an easterly direction on some slippery days in Seattle. It just didn't pay to have your own car parked on the street on those days.


17 posted on 01/16/2007 10:13:42 PM PST by Noumenon (The Koran is the Mein Kampf of a religion that has always aimed to eliminate the others - O. Fallaci)
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To: happinesswithoutpeace
Wow. First time driving in the snow morons.

That wasn't just snow, I suspect it was ice or ice over packed snow. And the road appeared to have a considerable grade from left to right.

18 posted on 01/16/2007 10:18:22 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Pontiac
"Amateur Hour at the Rialto", if you ask me.

Any self-respecting Michigander or Buckeye would just shake his/her head in bewilderment at these West Coast idiots!

No wonder my old Cincy friend of over 60 years is absolutely convinced that the states of Oregon and Kalifornia are destined to slide into the Pacific Ocean -- and none too soon, if the rest of the Republic is to be saved from self-destruction. **S**
19 posted on 01/16/2007 10:30:10 PM PST by dk/coro
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To: Skywalk

Yo boo, take a look. That's why the car is in the garage.


20 posted on 01/16/2007 10:34:02 PM PST by radiohead (They call me DOCTOR radiohead.)
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To: 60Gunner
and ideologically to the left) of Seattle.

I just left Seattle after 5 years. Other than SF, I didn't think it was possible to be to the left of Seattle! : )

21 posted on 01/16/2007 10:35:56 PM PST by radiohead (They call me DOCTOR radiohead.)
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To: Pontiac
There wasn't much snow. The problem was the freezing rain underneath. This was in Portland but we had the freezing rain over most of Western Oregon today - though I have seen worse.

On a sheet of ice on even a slight grade like that one, once you allow gravity to overcome your traction it is very difficult to get it back. There is a place that used to be on my daily commute that is a banked curve where cars would often slide to the lower curb if they were going too slow.

That said, this video is too funny. Going uncontrolled from one pileup halfway around the block and into another pileup is something I haven't seen before. It looks like they might have been trying to escape sliding to the bottom of the hill, hence the semi controlled powering onto the side street.

This sort of reminds me of a video, also from Portland, from a few years ago where a vehicle was driving downhill on a residential street trying to escape a mudslide. It has been on several TV shows and can probably be found on Youtube.
22 posted on 01/16/2007 10:43:58 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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To: El Gato

Good point!


23 posted on 01/16/2007 10:52:33 PM PST by happinesswithoutpeace (You are receiving this broadcast as a dream)
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To: radiohead

Not too bad around NOrthgate or even U-District. I was fine today, other than going to Oak Tree plaza.

Seattle drivers blow and blow hard.


24 posted on 01/16/2007 11:16:20 PM PST by Skywalk (Transdimensional Jihad!)
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To: dk/coro

I share your sentiments that at lease parts of the west coast need to slide into the Pacific in order to save the rest of the Republic. However, I lived in Portland for about 10 years and these ice storms are something you have to see firsthand to appreciate them.

Portland is situated at the western end of the Columbia River Valley. Cold air from Canada flows down the valley and meets the moist air from the Pacific ocean over Portland, and EVERYTHING is drenched with ice. The carnage from these ice storms is amazing-- power poles and trees shatter into little pieces without an obvious destructive force, such as a windstorm. There will be abandoned cars everywhere that skidded off the road as if their drivers just suddenly disappeared like in some apocalyptic science fiction movie.

However, the suburbs west of Portland (Beaverton-- the most conservative area of greater Portland), are mostly protected from the worst of the ice storms by a group of hills that separate the main city of Portland from the western suburbs.


25 posted on 01/16/2007 11:50:42 PM PST by eeman
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To: geopyg

Yeah, dude we finally had some real snow and MN-DOT is out salting/sanding roads and intersentions before and during the snowfalls. What I just saw in that video was SAD.
Here in MN the we have an army of plow guys who sit around itching to get out there like a squad of mercs without a war to fight.


26 posted on 01/17/2007 12:06:10 AM PST by miliantnutcase ("If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." -ichabod1)
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To: 60Gunner
The typical freezing rain event in Portland, Oregon, every January, creates the most treacherous driving conditions I have ever seen. I lived in that area for a number of years and I learned to drive during winter in Anchorage, Alaska.

The area has a unique set of weather conditions that make freezing rain common. The warmer upper air pushing in from the Oregon coast brings rain while the Columbia River Gorge funnels much colder air from the East. The lower air is freezing as the rain overrides it. The rain falls into much colder conditions, freezing instantly.

It is not like a typical snow-covered street in Michigan or elsewhere.

It is the equivalent of trying to drive on a hockey rink with ice sometimes more than half an inch thick.

You can easily fall on your butt, just trying to step out of a vehicle, even though you know the slickness of the surface.

The simple fact is nobody should get near a vehicle in Portland after a freezing rain.

27 posted on 01/17/2007 3:10:58 AM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

In this video there is nor was an ice storm --just snow, and only 2-3 inches if that. I live here (Beaverton) and work IN Portland Downtown. This was just assinine, plain and simple.
Born in Minnesota, and have lived in Kansas, Flaggstaff, AZ, Denver, Sun Valley, ID and others )Talk about snow nad ice!!!), I have driven in and seen much, much worse.

The video was shot in Portland, not Seattle --and no ice.

KZ


28 posted on 01/17/2007 4:33:05 PM PST by KZele (Burka's ...get your burkas.....)
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority


29 posted on 01/17/2007 4:39:54 PM PST by KZele (Burka's ...get your burkas.....)
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