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Do you go or do you stay?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Toatlandscape, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. Toatlandscape

    Toatlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    OK you wake up about 6. You can hear thunder in the distance. You have 12 lawns scheduled. News and radar says "scattered showers". What do you do? Well here is what I did watched news for a while , determined they are idiots. Loaded truck and trailer and thought "give it a shot how bad can it be" Well scattered showers seems to be code for torential downpour. I did manage to get one done while it was taking time to reload. Oh well tommorrow is another day. I usually work through rain when I am already out there but I probably shouldn't have gone out at all. What would you do?:dizzy:
  2. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    i wouldtry to get in all i could. until it thundered. them im gonna wait a while.
  3. TOSLC

    TOSLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    I'll mow in the rain, but never the lightning!:dizzy:
  4. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    We saw the same front coming in this A.M. I bet.
    First stop and 30 seconds out of the truck and it was pouring!
    I kept going until around 1 P.M and then it turned black. I quit.
    Very nasty group of storm cells and it was almost 3 when I got going again.
    What has it been since May? Maybe 5 nice days total?
  5. Turf Technologies

    Turf Technologies LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 587

    Funny, we didnt get a thing on the wast coast. Lawns are drying up too.
  6. sheppard

    sheppard LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    Always a bummer! If I stay in inevitabley rain will never hit my neighborhood- the wife looks at me like I'm a lazy loafer.

    Pull out and take a chance? It usually brings the rain after I've driven a ways to gert to my first lawn.

    Since I schedule all my accounts logistically, one account rained out means all the ones in the area are too.

    My big fear is that if I go ahead and mow I'll put deep ruts in the account and they'll come out, see it, and fire me on the spot!

  7. KenH

    KenH LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,622

    We use weather.com. I think its run by the waether channel and gives you a moving doppler map where you can tell pretty much where the storm is and where it is going. Its really accurate and up to the minute. You just need to enter your zip.
  8. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,912

    we got the same rain from about 1-2:30 (steady rain ...bout 1/2 hr of down pour) lite drizze from 10-12 & 3-4 ....on/off..... got all the work done

    I was in the another truck today with 2 of my other guys (mine's got a water pump today) n my rain gear's in my truck ....so it was soak city

    we did hang out in a doorway while the thunder n lighten passed .... I love summers like this .... either super heat with lots wet or rain with lots of wet ..... picked up lot of work this summer from late mowings ....so keep em up on their weekly cuts
  9. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    I usually check the radar, and i pretty much know how much time i have from looking at the radar. If its thundering in the distance ill start one more if its smaller, but if there is lightning around, i wont mow.
  10. KerryB

    KerryB LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 661

    As long as the rain is light and there isnt any thunder I work on. As soon as I see those streaks of electricity in the sky I am outa there.

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