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Old 03-12-2005, 08:55 PM
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Question How In The World??

As most of you know I do snow plowing in the winter. Well, I went to bed last night but checked the "forecast" before I did. They said 40% chance of LIGHT flurries over night and in the morning. TRACE OF SNOW.

Well, I wake up to my dad calling me and we have 15 CENTIMETRES of SNOW ON THE GROUND!!!

How can they not see that coming???? Wow, the weatherman need to figure out their job! If I did the same quality of work they did then the snow would still be sitting in the parking lots!

But, I got in 13 hours today!

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Old 03-12-2005, 09:38 PM
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Is their pay ever docked for getting the forcast wrong? What does that tell you about their breed of people? "Otherwise unemployable" is one of my favorite expressions.
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Old 03-13-2005, 04:59 PM
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Beast12 : We get the same results around here when they will tell us we are going to get Lake Effect light or trace snow and it will be exactly that some places while others will get a 200 yd. wide strip of a foot or more .

We have geographic annomalities here that effect the weather big time just as the mountains do in the west .

We got one storm this winter that dropped almost 2 feet of snow and did not even show on the radar for the great lakes as it was too low coming in and the sun was shining through the snow from above .

Weather forecasting is not an applied science but an educated guess at best with the many varried things that effect its arrival .

They can say whatever they like as long as it keeps snowing till Apr.15 when my contract ends and they keep paying me $500 stand by to carry my cell wherever I happen to be .
 
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So they pay you $500 a week for stand by PLUS an hourly wage for plowing? Sweet!

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Beast12: Yes but the stand by is attributed to our first 30 hours whether or not they are worked . On the combination plow and salters the average here is about 50 or 60 hr. weeks so the hourly comes in for 20 to 30 a week in the heart of winter but that $500 is nice in fall and spring when the hours are next to nill and I can still work at my own business doing service calls or small jobs
while collecting the S/B pay .

Sounds like the union will be in place with my whole company by next fall so the
driving hours rate will increase to $18.80 per hour which is about what I was hiring tandem drivers for in Alberta . $16:00 green and up to $18:00 in a month or so if they proved their salt on the equipment . Not bad for winter work around here any way when I would be ice fishing or going south and spending money instead of making it if I did not do this to get me out of the house in winter .
 
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Very nice, especially since you don't have to touch a stick plow!

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Beast12: Only if I get stuck or at home for the step and walk .
 
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You could use your big truck to plow your driveway. It would be fun backdragging with it! LoL!

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Don't Canadian meteorologists use the : "Wet Finger .. Hold it in the air " system to determine the weather for the next 72 hours ?
 
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I think they just use "weather rocks".
 
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more like that shaking eight ball

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Talking

well i must say, the "weather rock" is in my experiance about as good as any other system ive seen...
 
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