Strange weather afoot

September 13, 2010


Kathryn Peperkorn, opera star, was flying into Omaha, and Lauren had Grandparent’s Tea at 7:00pm (go ahead, ask her), so I went to pick her up. Coming into Omaha at about 5:00pm the traffic going out was pretty bad. In fact, it was backed up behind an accident for nearly 4 miles at one point. Well, needless to say, I worked hard to find an alternate route.

The alternate route put us back on I-80 in more or less good time. We had avoided all of the traffic. Until the interstate stopped. We spent more or less an hour and a half crawling along (when we were moving at all) until we came up to this:

Okay, that might slow down traffic

Okay, that will stop traffic. No other cars. just a semi turned over in the interstate. Then we passed the second one. This is a photo of the THIRD one. Seriously?

Good grace to blow onto the shoulder

No other evidence of –here we’re  guessing– really, really high winds. Well, except for these guys. They started out on our side of the road.

One of them made it all the way across

From the other direction these cars were being escorted.

Follow me

But we made it home safely.

Mostly safe

But what about all the people behind us on the interstate. You can’t just tow that truck out of the way. Standing it back up will close both lanes. They might still be there.


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Lloyd Sommerer is a middle/high school teacher who likes to build websites, read books, grow beards, make fun of Lauren’s prototypes and eat the sauce of the picante.

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7 Responses to “Strange weather afoot”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I talked on the phone with my mom last night and she said the sky was yellow.


  2. Lauren Said on:

    It was rather freakish-looking weather, but Seward only got a sprinkle of rain and scary skies. I am so grateful that Lloyd and Kathryn aren’t dead. It seems to me that they are always having harrowing experiences driving together. Wasn’t there some blizzard in 1990? 91?


  3. Deborah Said on:

    Nice picture from highway 34. Also, is Kathryn there to sing opera in Seward?


    • Lloyd Said on:

      Thanks. It didn’t really have anything to do with the story, I just liked the picture.

      Sadly, no. She was passing through on her way to a funeral.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    D’oh!! What were they all hauling…feathers?

    I wonder what that would feel like…to be in a big truck and over you go????

    Glad you made it safely!


  5. christina Said on:

    I know it’s not funny, but the first thing I thought of when I saw the truck on it’s side was the flying bison from Avatar (the cartoon). hahaha!


    • Lloyd Said on:

      It was strange how intact the trucks were. Like something had just gently pushed them over. I wonder how fast they were going?


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