I’m hearing of some crazy reports of weather, including golfball-size hail - as teams are traveling to some of the regionals. Stay safe and keep us posted about the weather. Maybe share some photos. (You really don’t want to know how warm and beautiful it is here in sunny Austin, right now.)
Wait! That’s not what the song says! It NEVER rains in California! We’ve driven out of the snow through freezing rain, and now its just rain. That’s from Rochester, NY on our way to D.C. Just now! Lightning! Student commentary on the walkie talkie: There was the lightning, hear comes the Thunder! Ba dum bump!
In the past our team has had a 1 Tonne van loaned by one of our sponsors. That van was sold off this year so our sponsor gave us a Dodge Caravan Cargo version and an enclosed trailer. We had to roll our big toolboxes down ramps out of our portable into a snow bank, then up a slippery hill and into the trailer. Our robot is bagged and tagged in the back of the van. As we continued loading, we noticed the back of the van sagging lower and lower, and had to adjust weight distribution in the trailer accordingly. We got around 6" of snow today so when our mentor tried to pull away from the curb, he just sat there spinning the tires (did I mention there are summer tires on the thing). With a few students pushing he was able to get on his way. We hope he makes the ~2 hour drive to Waterloo tomorrow. He will be taking it easy on the snowy roads.