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Old 12-16-10, 12:50 PM   #1
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Bad Weather on the Way

NorCal is bracing for a couple of storms that will bring a lot of rain. After they are finished with us, we will quickly send them east. Trainer time.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...ed=rss.bayarea

A pair of blustery, soaking storms will stream into Northern California beginning Friday, bringing as much as 10 inches of rain south and east of the Bay Area by Christmas Day and setting up potentially difficult travel conditions for those escaping for the holidays.
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Hehe, but it's really nice out, right now, so I'll be going on a nice ride shortly.
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Hehe, but it's really nice out, right now, so I'll be going on a nice ride shortly.
I am building an ark today.
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My heart goes out for you, some guys just don't have it easy.
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They'll supposed to be making it down here to SoCal as well. Forecast is rain for the next week or so. 60 and sunny here right now but that's supposed to change tomorrow. After my commute home tonight I may try to talk my wife into a Christmas decoration viewing ride as it looks like it will be the last good weather for a while.
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My heart goes out for you, some guys just don't have it easy.
The weathermen predicted a dryer and colder season for us due to La Nina. Last year we had El Nino. We get our water supply from the snow pack in the mountains and reservoirs. The water authority was granting 25% of the requested amount of water of which most goes to farming in the central valley. So the rain is sort of good news but too much means mud slides, avalanches and etc.

And 10 inches of rain translates to 10 feet of snow. Hopefully, when this system hits the midwest / northeast and the air is colder, it will have lost a little steam.
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Can I request that you keep the weather your side of the Atlantic this winter. We are experiencing weather from Siberia and it is not nice. If the stuff you are getting in the East hits us- then I think the UK will sink.

Still tonight we have it coming from the Arctic so it may not get quite as cold down here in the South. Just 28F forecast for tomorrow but hopefully no more snow.
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For Christmas I'm getting:
-a cold weather cycling-specific jacket.
-a medieval-looking balaclava.
-heavy-duty gloves.

My intention is to cycle in to the office three times a week, no matter what.

It is 33F out right now. If I had access to the equipment, I don't think I'd use it. It's just too cold.

However, riding in this weather does earn you some street cred. Maybe I'll sell my excess street cred to folks here who really need it.
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10" ??? That's like half our annual average in one day!!! I predict landslides, downed trees, flooding, and closed roads.

I'll probably ride my commute bike to the gym and take a spin class.

This morning was the coldest I've seen in a long time, but it warmed up quickly.
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It sounds like Ca. is getting clobbered alright.

We've had it pretty easy here on the southern shores of Lake Ontario. Get up, shovel your way out of the house, get home, shovel your way back in. No brainer there.

At least I only have to drive south for about thirty minutes to escape the winter onslought. Once I get a few miles away from the Lake and away from the seemingly non-stop Lake Effect snow, I can bask in the warm glow of the Sun and actually enjoy the 20* temps., and even see blacktop again. It's amazing to see the drastic difference that living within a few miles of the windward side of a large lake can make. One side of the city can be enjoying a sunny day while the other side of the same city just keeps shoveling and shoveling and ....

Our annual snowfall averages just over 100". This year it isn't even chronological Winter yet and we're already around 50", a record snowfall for December for us. Fortunately we had a three day thaw after the first two feet or things would really be starting to pile up around here!!

I've already been up on the garage roof to remove excessive snow twice and up on the house roof twice also. I've even fired up the sno-blower a few times this year (most years I don't use it at all).

Cycling? Yeah right!! I have decided that if I'm a shovelin' I don't need to be a ridin'!

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, I hope your rain stops soon.

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Looks like central OR will be catching the edge of those storms too. Thanks so much for sharing.


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OK, my weather report says maybe 2" with up to 6" on the north coast. Turn the panic knob down a notch.
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WHERE oh WHERE is global warming when we need it??????
We're having the third coldest end of fall on record in the Raleigh area. First snow was December 5. Hey, this is the souteast, its not supposed to snow until late January. Today we had snow, sleet and freezing rain. Forget riding bikes, no way. This would be a REALLY bad time for the ecologists to bring up the subject of Global Warming around here.
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I guess I'll bike commute Friday like I always do. But right now I could sure do with a alternate suggestion that doesn't include wimping out.

Today my commute was in the 30s -- with fog -- which I'm not used to at all. It did get beautiful this afternoon, enough to get in a couple sets of tennis in shorts.

Not looking forward to Friday. Except the part where TV reporters go up Highway 80 and shout "It's snowing at Blue Canyon!!!!" and act surprised, like it doesn't do that every winter.
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Well, it was clear and sunny when the ride began, absolutely a beautiful day, maybe 50 F, or so. But as the ride progressed, this is what the eye(s) did see:

Cruising along in Saratoga...hmmm, *something's* gonna be happening, soon..


But I get to the Mtn Winery climb and it's still dry..


Oh, look, is that a hint of blue out yonder?


Get to the base of the Mt Eden climb and, .. it's still dry!


It's mid-50s F, and this fellow is out hittin' balls. Wuss, or no? Hermes, jppe, opinions please


OK, I guess we're gonna get dumped on. There's a sun in there somewhere..


Best of all, I found a pair of polypro glove liners, a half mile apart! Which one of you guys is missing your gloves after your ride?



Hermes, you got any room on your ark for another family? We only need some small corner until Sunday, then we're off to HNL. Woot!
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Never fails that we get a bout of bad weather when I'm taking a few weeks off. Fortunately, we have a new trainer and rain jackets.
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We've been gettin hit hard here but its been quiet for a couple of days now. Most of December has been really wet and wild. Hopefully things will settle down .
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I sure hope it is not as bad as predicted. It is still bitter cold here, but not much snow. Just a little each day, maybe 2" on the ground now. If that storm comes our way we could easily get a foot or more.
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Need snow

All you folks getting or about to get hammered by lots of precip - please divert some to southern New England as snow. In Massachusetts where I ski, we can use one or preferably two feet for a white Christmas and that winter wonderland look folks in these parts, particularly skiing folks, love so much.
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See, I've been going back and forth about this...I want to ride tomorrow and rain - in and of itself - does not bother me; it's psycho crazy drivers in the rain that bother me. Maybe I'll just run instead (because somehow that seems safer....I never said that my logic was good).

Regardless, while this is inconvenient from a bike riding standpoing, it's stellar from a snowboard-riding standpoint!
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WHERE oh WHERE is global warming when we need it??????
We're having the third coldest end of fall on record in the Raleigh area. First snow was December 5. Hey, this is the souteast, its not supposed to snow until late January. Today we had snow, sleet and freezing rain. Forget riding bikes, no way. This would be a REALLY bad time for the ecologists to bring up the subject of Global Warming around here.
The problem is, you have no weather of your own. I spend a lot of time in the RTP area and one of the local weathermen blames "warm Mexican air, moisture from the Gulf and cold Canadian air" for pretty much all weather anomolies. In this case, blame Canada.
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Still tonight we have it coming from the Arctic so it may not get quite as cold down here in the South. Just 28F forecast for tomorrow but hopefully no more snow.
Funny thing happened about 2pm. Went into a customer and he remarked I had let the cold in--- to an open workshop. The temp dropped by about 5C in a minute or so. Within 30 seconds we had a snow covering. I got on my way to the next customer and within 2 minutes we 1" of snow- Not much but it turned to ICE immediately. Just spent the last 2 hours driving the 10 miles home on Ice. Torvil and Deane had nothing on the antics I was getting up to.

I have no idea what the weather is doing over here and neither do the weather forecasters. The snow was supposed to come tomorrow but not the low temps.
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I have no idea what the weather is doing over here and neither do the weather forecasters. The snow was supposed to come tomorrow but not the low temps.
Hope it gets warmer before I arrive in the U.K. in mid-Feb.!

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So do I but last year we were in the throes of a "Late" winter

Daughter works 20 miles from home- She left work at 3pm and is still 12 miles from home 4 hours later. Temp is down to 20F and the snow has frozen. No gritters out and the snow is only 2" deep but it has frozen solid. I just had to go to my daughters to let the cat in. If I knew how cold it was- I would not have bothered

The cat has a fur coat- I don't.

But saw two cyclists out there. One pushing the bike- he had to as he has obviously fallen as he was limping quite badly. I offered him a lift but he only had a mile to limp home. The other one was riding along quite boldly. but kept an eye on him. Not long before he was over. He was OK but could not understand why he had gone over. I left him sitting there wondering.
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