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Old 10-25-10, 06:40 AM   #1
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Finally, Real Winter - It's been slow coming - Put your Bikes Away?

Winter is late this year in the CO mountains - and the rest of the state. But a big storm is making its way in from the west, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas are open as of today. I guess only the truly crazy will be bicycling in the mountains today.

Still no snow forecast for the Denver metro area. On storms like these from the west, we are in the "rain shadow" caused by the mountains to our west. We will get a few showers and a lot of fast, warm, downslope winds.

So, has winter come to your area yet?

Forecast:

Today: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9am. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow. High near 29. Breezy, with a west wind between 14 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -10. Breezy, with a west northwest wind between 18 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.

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Old 10-25-10, 07:21 AM   #2
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It was in the 70s this weekend. No winter yet, but it is getting dark early enough that I'm not going out during the week.
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Yesterday I was pleased to get in 40 miles with sunshine and temperatures in the mid 70s. Today, it looks to be partly cloudy with temps in the low 70s. I would be quite happy if the snow stayed west or north of here for the entire winter! But, that is borderline delusional thinking on my part. Most of the short sleeve jerseys have been put away and the tights and long sleeve jerseys fill the hangers they once occupied.
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4.9" of rain over the weekend.
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Old 10-25-10, 07:50 AM   #5
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We still have highs in the 70s and 80s here for a while and I'm in no hurry to see cold weather.
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No snow here yet, but my brother in law who lives just an hour's drive north of here has had some in the last week. As I often go to northern Ontario and the western provinces (and northern midwestern states) in the course of my work, I expect I'll see snow any day now.
Still going to carry the bike in the truck for a while yet though.
As for my home time, all my bikes except one will be mothballed for the winter. The one exception gets a set of studded tires installed and taken out in fair weather.
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Can still see the outlines of nearby buildings through the blowing snow. 3 to 4 inches today, 2 more tonight, more tomorrow and 40mph gusts tomorrow
Have a bike setup on the trainer and a new tv to put near it in the garage.
Living high in the Rockies is just peachy
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Can still see the outlines of nearby buildings through the blowing snow. 3 to 4 inches today, 2 more tonight, more tomorrow and 40mph gusts tomorrow
Have a bike setup on the trainer and a new tv to put near it in the garage.
Living high in the Rockies is just peachy
For several years we owned a rental condo in Wildernest. Where do you live? Is your garage heated? I hope so!
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October is one of the best months in DC. Goldilocks weather. Not too hot, not too cool: just right.
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Riding to work this morning, it was dark, 43 degrees, raining hard and I was riding directly into a 20MPH headwind with 30+MPH gusts. Felt like winter to me.
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We're heading to the low 90's today here in CenTx. Not quite winter weather, though I did wear a windvest one morning last week.
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Temp hit 91* yesterday. Got another sun burn
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Winter is time for more fun...



The bike stays out all year long!
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Our first winter storm hit over the weekend -- it didn't get that cold (high 40's at night), but we had a lot of wind, rain in the lowlands, and snow up in the mountains.

I went for two wet rides:
- 15 miles in moderate rain Saturday
- 30 miles in heavy rain / squalls / winds mixed with periods of light rain yesterday

Hooray for rain gear and fenders!
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We don't have winter here, only the rainy season, which seems to have arrived this weekend. I hope never to see snow again.
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Old 10-25-10, 10:32 AM   #16
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The weather here turned cold a few weeks ago. Heck it even got all the way down into the high 50s the other week. That is an advantage in central FL is that it does not get cold enough to keep me from riding. Oddly enough, more people die of hypothermia in Florida than from sunstroke.
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Old 10-25-10, 10:34 AM   #17
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The bikes never get put away. They may not leave the garage too much during Jan/Feb must they're always ready for a ride when the roads are clear and the temps are tolerable.

I think I'll put the knobby tires back on the mountain bike and give riding in the snow a try this year. Of course I'll need to find a grassy area or dirt trail so the inevitable fall will be soft
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It's still +25F and the road is clear of snow and ice so Winter has not arrived yet...but it's close...and my bike stays under my butt until about -20F, when I call it chilly.
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Another organizational meeting last night for the annual club century ride November 7th.
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Winter is late this year in the CO mountains - and the rest of the state. But a big storm is making its way in from the west, Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas are open as of today. I guess only the truly crazy will be bicycling in the mountains today.

Still no snow forecast for the Denver metro area. On storms like these from the west, we are in the "rain shadow" caused by the mountains to our west. We will get a few showers and a lot of fast, warm, downslope winds.

So, has winter come to your area yet?

Forecast:

Today: Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 9am. The snow could be heavy at times. Widespread blowing snow. High near 29. Breezy, with a west wind between 14 and 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow likely and areas of blowing snow. Cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -10. Breezy, with a west northwest wind between 18 and 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
I need a new fitness strategy for winter, and for the fact of my now full-time job with a long commute. So far we have more wind, but not much cold here in southeast Michigan. I'm thinking of trying to bike home from work (35 miles) up to twice a week, taking walks (30 minutes/day!) each other day. I can go out and walk in the winter, but probably not ride. I at least don't have my bags sorted out on the touring bike.
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Old 10-25-10, 04:41 PM   #21
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Green Valley AZ

The monsoons were good this year, so the valley is really green.

Monday
Sunny. Highs 80 to 83. South wind around 10 mph
Monday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows 52 to 58. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest after midnight.
Tuesday
Sunny. Highs 78 to 83. South wind around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 52 to 57. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south after midnight.
Wednesday
Sunny. Highs 80 to 85. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 52 to 57. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast after midnight.
Thursday
Sunny. Highs 85 to 90.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear. Lows 54 to 59.
Friday
Sunny. Highs 86 to 91.
Friday Night through Monday
Mostly clear. Lows 50 to 58. Highs 80 to 91.
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Old 10-25-10, 07:52 PM   #22
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Negative on the winter weather in Omaha. October here has generally been fabulous with the exception of very gusty winds for the last couple of days. There has been not a drop of precip here for at least two weeks. We usually get Colorado weather a couple days late and (mostly) somewhat diminished in intensity.
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Old 10-25-10, 08:08 PM   #23
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winter to me is when I can only ride three days a week and I can't pick the three days.
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We have just two seasons.... perfect and hot as He__
It just turned perfect
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+86 and sunny yesterday. Today +25 and glare ice. Guess it is time to put this bike away.

But, not too sad, a friend gave me a simple trainer to use for the winter.
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