Northern California - thunderstorms?
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01-05-08, 10:28 AM
Planning my ride for Sunday. Light rain's OK with me. But current forecast is isolated thunderstorms with possibility of hail. Don't have much experience with that kind of weather. Ride or stay home?
01-05-08, 10:38 AM
The only time I rode in those conditions was '06 Solvang century, and I only persevered because 1). it was my first century, and 2.) I paid for it and drove a long way to do it. The thunderstorm and hail moved through in less than 15 minutes, although it felt like an eternity. Then we had another 1/2 hour of cold rain. By the 2nd rest stop the skies had cleared and it turned into a beautiful day.
As these storm cells blow through they tend to be intense: hard, driving rain, hail, thunder and lightning, then they subside. I won't ride through a thunderstorm again -- I'll pull off and find some shelter.
You actually may enjoy it. :D
01-05-08, 10:41 AM
The cold rain doesn't bother me ... it's the thunder that bothers me. You're on your own here.
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