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Hydrologic Outlook issued January 17 at 12:00AM PST until January 17 at 6:00PM PST by NWS

...Rain and snowmelt may cause localized flooding issues this week... A change in the weather pattern this week will bring above freezing temperatures to much of the region and the potential for significant rainfall to far eastern Washington and the Idaho Panhandle. With widespread low elevation snow across the Inland


Lo10° Slight Chance Wintry Mix and Patchy Freezing Fog


Hi21° Wintry Mix

Tuesday Night

Lo20° Freezing Rain


Hi32° Rain/Freezing Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo29° Wintry Mix Likely then Slight Chance Snow


Hi36° Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo27° Slight Chance Rain/Snow


Hi34° Rain

Friday Night

Lo26° Rain/Snow


Hi35° Chance Rain


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When the call came out on my scanner of a tipped crane on the Sen. George Sellar Bridge yesterday morning I was in a scramble mode. I was supposed to talk to a Wenatchee High School class about my job but no one was in the office to cover the accident. A reporter called the school for me to cancel as I headed toward the bridge.

I knew my hardest part in getting an image would be access to the scene since it is a construction zone. I headed to the west end of the bridge, parked, was told to leave an area by the construction workers, then photographed the distant scene from the Salvation Army lodge.

Pretty much unusable but at least I could tell where I wanted to be. So I headed to Fred Meyer and the far end of their parking lot. Here's a shot through the fencing.

I like the moment with the beam still attached to the crane but not the angle. So I walked down, below the loop trail and had a cleaner image at a better angle. The worker was still in a good spot of the frame.

That took care of that angle and the worker climbed up to the roadway, away from the lower part of the picture, so I was ready to try something else. I still had about 30 minutes of shooting time before I would be pushing the deadline so I decided to try for an image I had seen while driving across the bridge and the accident scene.

I set my camera on ISO 800, opened the lens all of the way to let in as much light as possible, getting the shutter speed as high as possible, and drove by with the camera pointed out of my car.

Here's my first attempt.

I turned the car around, took a quick check of the image I got, and decided to try it from the other direction - a closer look.

I was really happy with this image - people framing the scene and the worker on the crane. I took a few more passes but nothing was better than this. I don't think I could have gotten a better photograph even if I had been allowed to hang around the site.