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Tuesday, July 31, 2007
I seem to have found a secret admirer. When I first read his or her comment I got mad and almost just deleted it but I decided to respond and let it stand.
First the quote:
"you have missed a bunch of storms. i think that you only report storms that are not worth working, or if you're not going there. this site is bogus. a message for all techs. if you want it, go get it. this guy is not your pal, he is your competitor."
1. Everybody in this business is a competitor, period.
2. No, I generally do not post storms I'm working. Duh!
3. I know for a fact that guys are working on some of the stuff I have posted this year.
4. The point of this blog is not to find work for all of the techs out there as much as it is to save them the time of running on bad reports. I have never claimed to be the be all end all of hail reports.
5. If you know about so much work, then spill it. Leave that in a comment. Don't be mad at me because I can't point you toward anything right now.
6. If you know about so much work why are you here looking for work?
We have all seen your kind on the forums and out on the road. You don't impress anyone.
I know, I know. I saw the reports and I'm searching for some verification. Just relax, grab a feed and I'll post whatever I find as soon as I get it.
I keep finding small tidbits about the Cedar Fall, Iowa storm. I'm getting really conflicting reports. The media tries t make a big deal out of it and the techs on the ground say just a couple of neighborhoods on the north side got hit pretty hard with some widespread super-light damage. This one is probably so old now its all gone anyway.
I keep getting reports out of Canada. I really don't know if those are something you guys are interested in. For me they're just a curiosity. If you guys want to hear about the Canadian hail damage stories just leave a comment here to let me know and I'll get back to reporting them.
By the way, were you aware that you can comment here anonymously? You can!
Which do you want first the good news or the bad news?
OK I'll give you the good news first. The hail damage report from Tuscaloosa, Alabama has been confirmed! The south west side of town was hit with damaging hail.
Now the bad news. There aren't many newer cars in that part of town. Know what I mean? If you don't know what I'm saying then you should run to Tuscaloosa and set yourself up a retail tent right in the middle of the damage area.
I'm working to confirm the Sunrise, FL hail report. We'll see.
I found this confirmation of the hail damage in Eaton, CO over on MySpace.com. The can read the post here but it mainly just whines about her beautiful baby car being damaged and how upset she is, bla, bla, bla. (Was Eaton, Colorado even on the report? I'll have to go back and check.)
Cedar Falls, IA
I don't have any media confirmation of the Cedar Falls, Iowa hail damage report but, I have heard a few reports from the road that ther is some super light damage there. That would explain why the Iowa media hasn't spent any time on it. Of course, good luck on getting anything in Iowa. Dent Eliminator has probably got it all locked up.
I haven't been able to get any absolute confirmation yet on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama hail reports but all of the local media refers to it and it looked real good on radar.
This is absolutely everything I've been able to come up with recently. I know you guys have been checking in repeatedly and I appreciate your loyalty. Good luck on this stuf, maybe this'll put a few of you to work.
I know we've seen a few decent looking reports over the last few days but I don't post junk here. That's why you haven't seen me around for a while. So far all I have been able to find about the Iowa hail reports are things like "so and so reported hearing about grapefruit size hail in the Waterloo area...". I'm sorry, but that kind of garbage doesn't make the cut.
I know my posts don't catch every storm but if I report it I've confirmed it.
I know there are allot you guys stopping in several times a day to see if I've posted anything new. Thanks! I appreciate the traffic. It boosts my search engine ranking. Honestly though, I know it gets frustrating checking and checking again and again. Let me make this suggestion; sign up for my RSS feed. If RSS feeds aren't your thing, you can receive it by email. That way when I post something here you get the post in your email inbox where you can read it and decide if you want to come here or not. Signing up is as easy as clicking the "Subscribe By Email" link on the right side of the page and entering your email address. Or keep checking three times a day. Either way is cool with me.
Now, on to the news of the day.
There are some decent looking reports and a nice forecast, so rest assured that I am staying on top of the situation. We all need to get at much work this year as we can scrape up. I'll post as soon as I find something.
If we could get a PR article like this one out of Spartanburg, South Carolina everywhere we went life would be allot easier.
It looks like it's shaping up to be a pretty good year for the Canadian techs. This report is mostly about crop insurance but it is very widespread and the reports basicly box the whole south side of Saskatoon, Saskatewan.
The reports were for the Highland Park area of St. Paul and Eagan. The first quote is form about 3 miles south of Highland Park and right across the river from the very north edge of Eagan. The second quote is from about 4 miles south of the first quote. The referral to hail to their southwest would put it in the Burnsville area and I haven't picked up anything about that yet.
Once again, it looks fairly localized, but in that area it could still mean a reasonable amount of damage.
As for those good looking hail reports that came out of New York, New Hampshire and Connecticut, I'm not having any luck on them, but I do have feelers out. We'll see.