The snow is gone and it's 45 degrees and raining this morning. In other words, back to Oregon normal. We'll get the weather caused backlog out as soon as we can and just be rolling as usual.
Our office is open today (Tuesday, the 23rd), but we're still experienceing weather cause delays. Some of the shippers say they are getting in and out but we won't know for sure until they get here.
According to the weather folks, this is a 40-year record snow fall for Portland and the third most ever recorded for Portland. Brrr.
Okay, this is getting pretty old, but we are closed by the snow today. In know you folks back in Chicago or Boston or wherever can deal with a lot more than we can out here in Oregon, but at least it's not just an inch any more. We have six to ten inches of snow, then a half inch or more layer of freezing rain-ice and now another four inches and growing of snow on top of that.
We'd all much rather be in working those SMT machines, but it's just not safe to be out on the roads here right now. We're sorry for the inconvenience and of course, company policy dictates that I remind you that company policy says that a weather closure like this overrides our normal delivery guarantee.
I'd go build a snow man but it's too cold and I can't find my snow gloves.
It's getting better. The Canby schools are open today and so are we. Hopefully, we'll be able to get everything out on time. However, the Weather Service still has a winter storm warning for the Portland area in effect though.
We'll do our best to get everything out on schedule. But unfortunately because of the predicted winter weather, we still can not guarantee shipments right now. Weather related delays do not count toward your turn times.
I'll keep you posted.
Please note that due to inclement weather, Screaming Circuits is shutting down today.
The snow and ice are causing deliver and shipment problems now. We have declared today (12/17) and tomorrow (12/18) to be snow-closure days. Unfortunately because of the weather, we can not guarantee shipments right now. Weather related delays do not count toward your turn times.
I'll keep you posted.
The snow and ice are causing deliver and shipment problems now. We have declared today and tomorrow (12/15/08 and 12/16/08) to be snow-closure days. We will still do our best to ship your jobs, but unfortunately because of the weather, we can not guarantee shipments right now. Weather related delays do not count toward your turn times.
I'll keep you posted.
Hey all - we're going to try and give you some help with your finances. For turn-key orders placed and confirmed by
12/31/2008 [Through 1/31/09 - Update: Because of the snow, we're extending this through the end of January], we'll give you 35% off of our standard materials cost.
Save time by letting us source the parts and PCBs and save money with our end of year special too!
Order must be placed and confirmed by close of business on 12/31/2008. Discount is good on turn-key materials only.
My headline really doesn't make any sense, but with me, that just goes with the program sometimes. We did have some inclement weather here though and I wanted to update those of you that have jobs here. So far, despite the national headlines, we are still working and shipping as though it were a regular day. [UPDATE: We are having delivery problens due to the road conditions. Today has been declared a snow day and some jobs may be late. Weather related days do not count toward your turn-time.] I'll let you know as soon as I can if that changes. Unless it gets worse, Bob, the reindeer will keep on delivering.
I read a news headline that said "Two inches of snow shuts down Portland." It cracks me up. Anywhere else, it would be sometyhing like "thirty six inches of snow shuts down Boston" or "six feet of blowing snow, with 20 foot drifts, white out conditions, and temperatures of minus 45 degrees caused one fender bender in Minneapolis."
Of course, in our defense, it is a different kid of snow and ice here. I know. You always hear that and don't buy it. But the physics will back me up. Our snow and ice tends to happen real close to the freezing / melting point. I found this to illustrate my point:
"The Coefficient of friction for snow or ice is only 0.03 because due to local very high pressure the temperature of water -ice phase transformation is lowered and a layer of water is created. At low temperatures (-40 C and lower) the layer of water is not formed and the coefficient of friction rises to a value normal for two sliding solid surfaces, i.e., 0.7 to 1.2". Tadeusz, Burakowsk and Tadeusz, Wierzchon. Surface Engineering of Metals: Principles, Practices, Technologies. CRC Press, 1999: 143. Referenced from The Physics Factbook™ Edited by Glenn Elert -- Written by his students.
I've been saying "but it's a different kind of snow for thirty years, and finally, I found a reference to back me up. Cool! Also, they don't salt the roads here. We prefer to destroy our cars in one fast crunch (check out this funny from two years ago) rather than slowly rust them out winter after winter.
Found: One chunk of salt-pork on roadway.
- Thanksgiving - November 27th and 28th, 2008
- Christmas - December 25th and 26th, 2008
- New Years - January 1st and 2nd , 2009
We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you happy holidays!
Our factory floor will be shutdown this Friday, October 3rd to get ready to add in a new set of assembly machines. We will be back to work over the weekend so the disruption should be minimal. Please be aware that this Friday will not be a shipping day and we will not have 24 hour turns available on Thursday the 2nd.
We hope this won't be too much of an inconvenience and hope you understand that this will lead to a bigger, better and more capable Screaming Circuits. We're adding in a complete new SMT assembly line. We've been adding in improvements all over Screaming Circuits lately. First, the new selective solder machine for thru-hole parts, new website features (quotes and orders available as PDFs for your convenience on your My Accounts page) and soon the new surface mount assembly line.