Nebraska Warnings and Dangers

  • Sign next to the Kimball Welcome Center (by I-80)
    Sign next to the Kimball Welcome Center...
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  • The new (in 2013) Kimball Welcome Center
    The new (in 2013) Kimball Welcome Center
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  • the effect of the 2012 drought on the Platte River
    the effect of the 2012 drought on the...
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Nebraska Warnings and Dangers

  • Rattlesnakes

    Now hold on a minute. I've lived in Nebraska for over 40 years and never have seen a Rattler. But it is possible, mainly in the western third of the state. Just keep it in mind if you are going for a hike.Recently we stopped for coffee and bathrooms at the Kimball Welcome Center, and found this sign right next to the building.

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  • drought

    Weather is cyclical and so once in awhile the rains stop falling and everything dries up.The photo shows what was left of our beautiful Platte River on July 26, 2012, in the middle of a drought. The location is near the Alda exit of I-80 (which means just west of Grand Island).Among others it affects farmers, who lose their crops. Then it affects...

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  • Springtime Thunderstorms

    These storms often contain hailstones, especially in the western half of Nebraska. I suggest turning your AM radio to 880 (KRVN), which can be heard over most of the state. KRVN, we have found, gives the best weather reports of anyone, especially when severe weather in making a run through the state.

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  • Nebraska Weather

    The weather changes quickly out on the open plains! Year after year, Nebraska is one of the top five states in the US in terms of numbers of tornadoes...111 touched down in 2004. From 1950 to 1994, Nebraska ranked fifth in tornado touchdowns with 1,673, but luckily only 23rd in fatalities and 24th in injuries.

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  • Follow the Pilot Car

    As the photo shows, sometimes even the pilot car can't get through, at least for awhile. Here you see an old road surface being chewed up and spit out. We have to wait until the truck is full and pulls away.

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  • THE NEBRASKA STATE PATROL

    THERE'S NO DANGER AT ALL...unless you are breaking the law! Nebraska State Troopers are on the job. From what I see in the papers, they are pretty good at intercepting drug runners from California.

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  • TORNADO!

    We are not really in "tornado alley" and it doesn't happen often, but it still is wise to pay attention to the weather in the springtime.On May 29th, 2008, two tornadoes touched down multiple times in and around our town of Kearney, Nebraska.I attach five of my photos from the experience.Please click the photo to see them all.

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  • HARVESTIME DANGERS

    BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN DRIVING THROUGH UNMARKED CORNFIELD INTERSECTIONS ON GRAVEL ROADS. There will be grain trucks driving those roads and the corn can block your view of the other road until it is too late. Slow Down!

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  • CATTLE DRIVE! YAHOO!

    Its not something you see every day, but it does happen. I took the photo when I came upon a cattle drive which stopped traffic on a major two-lane highway heading north out of Kearney, Nebraska. A calf bolted from the herd and you can see two cowboys (real cowboys!) trying to turn it back.If you click the photo to enlarge it you can see the calf...

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  • THE 60 MPH CAR WASH!

    SOMETIMES A CENTER PIVOT WILL SPRAY OUT OVER A ROAD, LIKE MAYBE THE ROAD YOU ARE DRIVING ON. HOPEFULLY YOU WILL NOT BE IN A CONVERTABLE.ANYWAY, ONCE YOUR CAR GETS SPRAYED WITH IRRIGATION WATER, IT WILL PROBABLY NEED A REAL CAR WASH IN THE NEXT TOWN YOU COME TO!CLICK THE PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT.

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  • BEWARE THE GROUND BLIZZARD

    In the winter you can be driving in a winter wonderland with blue skies above, when suddenly the wind comes up and starts blowing snow around, creating "whiteout" conditions. Thats a ground blizzard. Snow starts drifiting and driving becomes dangerous. Although my pictures don't show it, there was blue sky directly above me while I was taking these...

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  • OVERHEAD SNOW DRIFTS!

    THIS IS A SNOWDRIFT...ABOVE YOU! After a snowstorm or blizzard, huge amouts of snow can overhang buildings, trees, whatever. This particular one probably weighs a hundred pounds or more. Don't stand underneath one of these! Sooner or later, its coming down!

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  • GIVE 'EM A BRAKE

    You will see lots of highway construction and repair work all over the state, all year 'round. Slow down and give these men and women a wide berth. They have dangerous work to do.

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  • CATTLE PEEING OUT OF THE TRUCK

    OK it probably won't happen to you, but........Be alert when passing cattle trucks on the highway. Once in awhile a cow will be backed up against the side of the truck and may suddenly decide to pee, or even worse! You might end up looking for a car wash.Convertable drivers be especially alert!!!

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  • DROWNING IN CORN

    If you see hills of corn piled up like this, there is a temptation to go and play on the hill. DON'T DO IT! The corn is like quicksand and you can sink down into it and suffocate. Such awful deaths happen to farm workers from time to time; all it takes is a slip and a fall into the corn. Stay away.

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  • COUNTRY DRIVING TIPS

    OK you city folks, pay attention. If you want to go for a drive in the country, thats great. But rule # 1 is, don't go on unfamiliar country roads after it has rained. You might get stuck because they are not paved. Rule # 2: Get yourself a DeLorme atlas of Nebraska (or any state where you plan to drive in the country). These atlases will show you...

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  • rudest, most self-serving people in the...

    Nebraska is 400 miles long and if you get lost the locals in the towns wont help you going through....Compared to my hometown of Columbus, Ohio I have found that they have a whole different set of values(in a negative way) in Nebraska....the locals in Omaha and Lincoln are very rude (rudest people in the country) and will mug and rob you in...

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  • This is the heartland of...

    This is the heartland of America and sometimes it feelslike an Oven here.If You visit Nebraska in the Summer,Pack light because Temps here often reach Texaslevels of 100 degrees or more.What is amazing to meis the fact that Eastern Nebraska is like a Stifling HotSauna,but in Western Nebraska its Cooler and MuchDrier...Its like 2 different parts of...

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Nebraska Hotels

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  • Hilton Omaha

    Lavish but soul less, efficient service without a smile, a businessman's hotel and you saw more ties...

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  • Wingate Inn Kearney

    I live in Kearney so therefore have not stayed here but the lobby is very nice and clean and it...

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  • Comfort Suites Lincoln

    We just stayed one night, but the room was large and clean, the staff was friendly and helpful....

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  • La Quinta Inn & Suites North Platte

    2600 Eagles Wings Place, North Platte, Nebraska, 69103, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best Western Grand Island Inn & Suites

    2707 South Locust Street, Grand Island, Nebraska, 68801, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Americinn Sidney

    645 Cabela Dr., Sidney, Nebraska, 69162, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 1.5 out of 5 stars

  • Grace Elizabeth's Bed & Breakfast

    We stayed in the cottage which worked great as we had another couple with us and it is a seperate...

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  • Rodeway Inn Cozad

    809 South Meridian, Exit #222 (I-80), Cozad, Nebraska, 69130, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Arrow Hotel

    509 S 9th Ave, Broken Bow, NE 68822

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

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