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McDonnell Douglas DC-10 (N313FE)


It has been a long time since the opportunity to snap some inclement weather photos has presented itself, but the past week's WX (7 to 9 feet of snow and then several inches of rain that melted it all and created extreme flooding) provided all sorts of snowstorm and poor weather scenes at RTIA. In this snap, taken as the first of the area's snow was falling, Fed Ex's "Bilal" (N313FE) arrives from Oakland and, under gray skies, touches down on Reno Tahoe International's runway 16R just after 8 AM.
As always, I recommend the actual size photo (FULL) for best Q viewing.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
The temperature at this spotting location was 11 degrees F. By the time I left around noon, it had gone up to 14 F. When I returned to this same spot 48 hours later, the temp was 48 degrees and rain had been falling steadily for eight hours; and the combination of rain and melting snow pouring down from the Sierra Nevada were flooding sections of the airport grounds. The airport remained open throughout the floods that occurred in northern Nevada and central California over the next 24 hours, but I did get photos of the east end of runway 25-7 and the area directly east of the control tower, both of which were covered by the floodwaters.
Greg Byington
That's a pretty nice shot, Gary! But there seem to be a lot of little white specks in there. Maybe your lens is dirty? Just kidding, eh! You're a brave man to go out in that weather. (I've heard the weather reports.) After seeing your and Uwe's latest pics, I'm even happier being here in southern Arizona! But I do enjoy seeing your shots. Take care, and don't catch a cold! ;-)
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Howdy, Greg, and Thanx. I have a super snap of this one departing about two hours later. There are far more of those "white specks" (lol) in that click because it was snowing harder. Also, the wings and tail surfaces are all "glowing green" with D/I fluid so I debated whether to post this shot or that one. I finally picked this one because it's a smoker.
I actually enjoy shooting snowy WX pics, and I've been waiting quite a while for a chance to do so. However, I would have preferred it if there had not been any floods. I caught a shot of a SW on climbout a few feet above 16R with floodwaters all around the area. It's a unique shot, but a lot of folks are suffering because of those floods (fortunately, no lives lost but many families had severe property damage) so although the shot is a good one, I'd rather the flooding had not happened.
Thx again for the comment.
sam kuminecz
great shot as always Gary, perfect contrast of color and bleak snow background
5 stars

BTW deice is orange, Anti Ice is Green
Greg Byington
Roger that, Gary. I know CA needs the water, but too much too fast can be hard to deal with. Take care.
Dave Sheehy
5* Gary and always good to see your pics.
*****5***** stars on this one, Gary!!!

To paraphrase Herodotus and the United States Postal Service's unofficial motto...

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays this airplane spotter from the swift completion of his appointed rounds"
John Marotta
NICE ! Really nice Gary. Well done
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Sam, Dave, Cliff, and John ... Hi to you all. Your comments are very appreciated. TY. (Wave)
Cliff ... There are those who phrase it differently, such as my lady, who (when I get up at "Oh dark thirty" and go to RNO or off on a one-day out-and-back photo spotting trip), simply says to me, "You're nuts." (Big grin and a lol)
Sam ... Thanks for clarifying. You had given me the info a long time ago and I actually wrote out the full description you had provided so I'd know what was used when, but I lost the paper. So TY for the reminder: the green they used on this FDX when it left here was ANTI-ice, not DE-ice. (Thumbs Up)
Roy Hunte
Awesome shot Gary, haven't seen your activity for a while, guess you were out doing your shots!
Kurt Finger
Hi Gary, For me very appropriate. My daughter, son in law and grandsons were holidaying at Lake Tahoe for the past ten days or so. Snow and more snow. Love the clarity of the photo.
giovanni di pace
My compliment Gary for your great shot.You have chosen the right time and weather to have a pretty good photograph.People can realise wath it means to landing in a place covered by snow.Living in Palermo (Sicily)I have never seen samething like that.Take care of your self,don't catch a cold !
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17-Jan-2019 DC10Indianapolis Intl ()Memphis Intl () 11:41PM EST 11:57PM CST 1:15
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17-Jan-2019 DC10San Antonio Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:29AM CST 08:52AM CST 1:23
17-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 03:55AM CST 05:22AM CST 1:27
16-Jan-2019 DC10Charlotte/Douglas Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:29PM EST 10:59PM CST 1:30
16-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Charlotte/Douglas Intl () 03:49PM CST 06:00PM EST 1:11
16-Jan-2019 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 08:09AM EST 08:31AM CST 1:22
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15-Jan-2019 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:33PM PST 12:44AM CST (+1) 3:11
15-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 03:40PM CST 05:31PM PST 3:51
15-Jan-2019 DC10Fort Lauderdale Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:40AM EST 09:44AM CST 2:03
15-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Fort Lauderdale Intl () 04:12AM CST 06:51AM EST 1:39
14-Jan-2019 DC10Portland Intl ()Memphis Intl () 06:50PM PST 12:25AM CST (+1) 3:34
13-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Portland Intl () 02:39PM CST 04:40PM PST 4:01
13-Jan-2019 DC10Salt Lake City Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:12AM MST 10:44AM CST 2:31
12-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Salt Lake City Intl () 04:34PM CST 06:20PM MST 2:45
12-Jan-2019 DC10Dallas-Fort Worth Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:32AM CST 10:35AM CST 1:03
12-Jan-2019 DC10San Antonio Intl ()Dallas-Fort Worth Intl () 07:14AM CST 07:56AM CST 0:42
12-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()San Antonio Intl () 03:34AM CST 05:07AM CST 1:33
11-Jan-2019 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:12PM PST 12:23AM CST (+1) 3:11
11-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 03:18PM CST 05:00PM PST 3:41
11-Jan-2019 DC10Denver Intl ()Memphis Intl () 08:37AM MST 11:29AM CST 1:52
11-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Denver Intl () 03:46AM CST 04:46AM MST 1:59
10-Jan-2019 DC10Toronto Pearson Int'l ()Memphis Intl () 09:45PM EST 10:47PM CST 2:02
10-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Toronto Pearson Int'l () 04:14PM CST 07:07PM EST 1:52
10-Jan-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 09:59AM EST 11:19AM CST 2:20
10-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:14AM CST 07:30AM EST 2:16
09-Jan-2019 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:15PM PST 12:24AM CST (+1) 3:08
09-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 03:37PM CST 05:24PM PST 3:47
09-Jan-2019 DC10Montreal-Mirabel ()Memphis Intl () 10:10AM EST 11:28AM CST 2:18
09-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Montreal-Mirabel () 04:03AM CST 07:15AM EST 2:11
08-Jan-2019 DC10Sacramento Intl ()Memphis Intl () 07:14PM PST 12:24AM CST (+1) 3:10
08-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Sacramento Intl () 03:33PM CST 05:28PM PST 3:54
06-Jan-2019 DC10Hartsfield-Jackson Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:10AM EST 10:04AM CST 0:53
06-Jan-2019 DC10Luis Munoz Marin Intl ()Hartsfield-Jackson Intl () 06:22AM AST 08:47AM EST 3:25
05-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Luis Munoz Marin Intl () 04:38PM CST 10:11PM AST 3:33
05-Jan-2019 DC10Jacksonville Intl ()Memphis Intl () 09:21AM EST 09:43AM CST 1:21
05-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 04:04AM CST 06:12AM EST 1:08
04-Jan-2019 DC10Jacksonville Intl ()Memphis Intl () 10:05PM EST 10:29PM CST 1:24
04-Jan-2019 DC10Memphis Intl ()Jacksonville Intl () 04:42PM CST 06:56PM EST 1:13
04-Jan-2019 DC10Detroit Metro Wayne Co ()Memphis Intl () 12:37PM EST 01:00PM CST 1:22
04-Jan-2019 DC10John F Kennedy Intl ()Detroit Metro Wayne Co () 10:04AM EST 11:29AM EST 1:24
04-Jan-2019 DC10Indianapolis Intl ()John F Kennedy Intl () 04:33AM EST 06:02AM EST 1:29
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