Undertoad Thursday Dec 28 12:27 PM
December 28, 2006: Denver International Airport before and after snowstorm
glatt Thursday Dec 28 01:45 PM
I like how the snow in the second picture really gives a depth to the land. For instance, look at the runway (or taxiway) to the left going off into the distance. You can tell that they really had to haul in a lot of dirt to build up that level runway in an area where there are some small valleys. That runway is under construction in the first Google Earth image.
natsdadbentley Thursday Dec 28 03:48 PM
I'm not sure about the 90 degree comment. The image shown here is oriented the same as the linked flickr shot....the "before" picture is different because the airport and the runways were not completed at the time the photo was taken...it was during construction.
barefoot serpent Thursday Dec 28 06:12 PM
and welcome to The Cellar!
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Dec 28 07:14 PM
I'm amazed there is no activity. Most airports start the snow removal machinery in motion as soon as the runways are covered and continue throughout the storm until everything is operational.
jinx Thursday Dec 28 08:02 PM
Aren't the black areas plowed? If so, that's a good bit of it..
SydneyBoy Thursday Dec 28 08:24 PM
Geez Denver looks pretty brown in the first shot. Didn't realise it was in a desert??
CaliforniaMama Friday Dec 29 01:38 AM
I was kinda wondering the same thing. Is it surrounded by fields? Or government "no-man's land?"
xoxoxoBruce Friday Dec 29 04:12 AM
SPUCK Friday Dec 29 05:41 AM
I was told that the Denver Airport was 50sq miles.. Sheesh!
glatt Friday Dec 29 08:54 AM
On the radio this morning, (NPR) there was a very short story that hinted there was a bunch of mismanagement at the airport during this storm. There was confusion between the airport management and the airlines about whose job it was to plow the runways. So the runways weren't plowed for a while. Now, with the second storm coming, they are apparently talking to one another and figuring out who is responsible for what.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Dec 29 12:05 PM
Ah, thanks glatt. Dat 'splain it.
kerosene Friday Dec 29 02:31 PM
DIA has been a nightmare with the storms. I knew a lot of people trying to fly and having to wait for an available seat on another flight because theirs were cancelled. When this happened last week, DIA was actually completely shut down for a while...people were camped out there, some for several nights. There were a lot of pissed off travelers.
CaliforniaMama Friday Dec 29 02:32 PM
Gee, you'd think it would be in the best interests of both parties to get it cleared, but no, they are probably busy talking about who is going to pay.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Dec 29 03:48 PM
And screwing up the whole country. There is something like 6,000 commercial aircraft making 30,000 domestic flights every day. It's all interdependant and one airport closing impacts the big jigsaw puzzle.
WabUfvot5 Friday Dec 29 03:56 PM
Denver is a great place and I don't mind having layovers there... but I've always wondered if snowstorms ever factored into their decision to make Denver a major airport.
xoxoxoBruce Friday Dec 29 07:22 PM
No, only money is factored....and there is lots of it in Denver. You can't have an NFL team without an airport.
GuyNamedGuy Saturday Dec 30 01:06 AM
Y'know, you'd think the aliens that have the huge secret base under DIA and are kidnapping thousands of travelers each year could return the favor and clear the runways for us......
bluecuracao Saturday Dec 30 02:08 AM
I thought the Denver airport was great, but I was there right before the first storm last week. Probably not so great, filled with lots of tired, annoyed people.
sniglet Wednesday Jan 3 10:46 AM
Having lived through both storms AND getting grandma in and out of DIA last week, here's the deal:
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jan 3 03:45 PM
Wow, sniglet. Is that nasty point sticking out of the snow, part of your fence?
sniglet Wednesday Jan 3 03:48 PM
It's actually a post for a sign. It usually sits WAY back from where anyone's eyes would be. the fence mentioned in the post is in the BACK yard.