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Old 06-03-13, 05:26 PM
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The fun of summer riding and watching those pop up thunder storms roll in.

We had our first pop-up thunderstorms here today, one going on right now. I managed to hit a clear period around 1430 and got in a nice ride, a little muggy but light winds for a change. From now until mid-September we get to dodge the storms in order to get on regular rides. The rain doesn't bother me, I'll ride since I am usually soaked from sweat anyway but lightning is where I got off or stay off the roads. Just have to usually wait a bit for the pop-up to rain out and then I can ride. Just one of the things that we put up with, in order to ride year round, here.

Oh, BTW, we have the season's first tropical disturbance in the Gulf, off the Yucatan Peninsula, this afternoon, will it become the first depression or even a named storm? "Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season", according to Mr. Buffet, he is from the area y'all know! (Near Mobile, Alabama)

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I'm with you on the lightning.

Isn't Florida the lightning capital of the world, though?
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Don't get many thunder storms now adays and even sudden rain storms (Heavy Showers) do not occur much. Continual rain seems to be our precipitation now and has been for a couple of years. But have been out on rides when Light rain has been forecast and you have been prepared for that but you have to find shelter somewhere and fast- preferably on high ground- before the ground starts filling up with rain. Did a ride about 15 years ago and the heavens opened up. How many adults can you get in a telephone box? We made 8 and left two outside to suffer.
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I got stuck in a HUUUGE thunderstorm at about 3300 feet on Skyline Drive on Sunday. The storm front actually came up from below and I could watch it heading straight toward me up the hollows. That was an "'ww s***, here it comes" moment....
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That tropical disturbance is heading our way and promises a wet week. We didn't do our regular ride this morning as there is a 80% probability of storms. I don't mind the rain, but it's the mouthfull of sand from the wheel in front that I don't like!
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We rarely get those along the Pacific Coast, but I recall them well from visits to Hawaii, the Rockies, and the Midwest.
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Seems the pattern is taking hold here, just did beat the afternoon storm today. I could see it coming across the cotton fields while I was riding, black skies and thunder to the northwest gave me the encouragement to get on home, I did make the entire planned ride, thankfully. The breezes ahead of the rain felt nice as it was 95 when I went out, took a water bottle and sucked that thing dry.

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We've had the pop ups going for a couple weeks now. Not a lot of lightening yet. I don't ride in the rain, so tend toward doing close loops when the dark clouds are near. Usually manage to be no more than a mile or two from home if it opens up.
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What do Hurricanes dream about when they are crossing the Atlantic ?
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The rain can be refreshing on a hot summer day, but lightning is scary.
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My stay in South Florida was good for me in some respects. Learning to like rain was one of them.
You just dont fear it anymore after your first rain season. Take your shirt of and enjoy it.
It goes away as quickly as it came, til the next one.
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Got caught in a popup storm last week...

Watching it roll in:
http://contour.com/videos/watch/funky-green-clouds

Then it hit with strong winds... It was a lot of fun to ride in it but I was a little worried about trees falling on me:
http://contour.com/videos/watch/rain-rain-go-away
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There's nothing quite like an afternoon squall to knock down the smell of mold and mildew.

(And please note I am not interjecting how nice and pleasant the weather has been here lately.... I hate it when people do that.)
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Originally Posted by osco53 View Post
What do Hurricanes dream about when they are crossing the Atlantic ?
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Wrong! Trailer parks are known TORNADO magnets! Hurricanes are tropical storms that strike predominately anywhere from the Atlantic/GoM coasts from Norfolk VA to Brownsville, TX, and can move inland hundreds of miles, or up along the coast as far as New England. Last years' Superstorm Sandy's dropped 8+ inches of rain in 24 hours and the winds toppled trees in Cleveland OH - and we're 600 miles from the Atlantic coast!
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A born and breed Southern Californian here, and except for Navy deploymenets, have never lived anywhere else. Several years ago, my daughter invited me to visit her one July while she was living in Florida. Afterward, I told her to NEVER ask me to do such a thing ever again. I really feel for you guys. You must be there either for the family or for the taxes. It certainly isn't for the weather.

I teach "Weather and Climate" at the local community college. You guys take care about that lightening. That's nothing to mess with. And, "yes". Florida has more lightening than anywhere else in the world.
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Originally Posted by PedalingFool View Post
Got caught in a popup storm last week...

Watching it roll in:
http://contour.com/videos/watch/funky-green-clouds
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Awesome bike path. Please forgive my ignorance ... what is "green cloud"? Looked mostly grey to me.
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
what is "green cloud"? Looked mostly grey to me.
The greenish clouds probably aren't showing up to well on camera. They stand out more at the 2:00 mark.
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I saw them in the video. The weirdest clouds I ever remember were one summer when I was 18 or 19. The clouds were a mix of light gray to very dark grey. They were swirling together like someone was mixing chocolate milk. The whole sky was like that. It wasn't one smooth mixing, but patches that would mix somewhat rapidly and they would seem to mix in slightly different directions. Wish I had run to the house and got out the camera to take pics of it. It was really weird.
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I teach "Weather and Climate" at the local community college. You guys take care about that lightening. That's nothing to mess with. And, "yes". Florida has more lightening than anywhere else in the world.
My older sister got her BS in Climatology from Ohio State. After graduation, she started at the National Weather Service here in Cleveland and later won a competitive fellowship, using that to get her Masters degree at U of Wisconsin. She now works at NOAA headquarters in DC.
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Looks like this tropical depression is going to put a damper on today's ride as well as some rides for the rest of the week. So far, it hasn't been too bad in the Tampa Bay area, but being at sea level, we have areas that tend to flood here pretty quickly after a few days of moderate to heavy rain. The bad part is that we get hit with the thunderstorms long before Bill gets them. I'm lucky to be more inland and higher than most places in the this area and have not see a flooded yard in over 35 years that I've lived in my house. As much as I hate to, I guess I have to get the trainer out of the closet and set it up for use over the next week.
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Enjoy! Be safe!
Fortunately, since my rides are in the morning, I don't usually have to contend with the typical summer time afternoon T-storms up here in Baltimore. Occasionally, I do though.
They are really bothersome for afternoon riders and anyone else involved in PM sports activities like slow pitch softball.
The one good thing about the summer PM t-storms up here is that they are often scattered, so one's chosen ride route might be spared while an area 6 or 7 miles away might be getting hammered.
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Originally Posted by volosong View Post
A born and breed Southern Californian here, and except for Navy deploymenets, have never lived anywhere else. Several years ago, my daughter invited me to visit her one July while she was living in Florida. Afterward, I told her to NEVER ask me to do such a thing ever again. I really feel for you guys. You must be there either for the family or for the taxes. It certainly isn't for the weather.

I teach "Weather and Climate" at the local community college. You guys take care about that lightening. That's nothing to mess with. And, "yes". Florida has more lightening than anywhere else in the world.

Earthquakes,, NO WARNING, Seconds to react...... Instant death if something falls on you.

Tornados,, Warning comes with minutes to spare, A 15 minute head start and your a lucky one.

Floods, Fires, you gotta move pretty quick,,

Teacher !! I Live in the Lightening capitol of the world, I have seen it blow ALL the electrical fixtures in a house to dust and shrapnel,,
Lightening,, simple, don't be stupid, go Inside and stay off the phone and off the toilet,,,
It Blew my Grandmother off the commode once.. A mean burn mark, she lived..

Hurricanes,,, Pfft I can see em coming for a WEEK on the News, plenty of time to dig in or leave... Flood Zones are known,, if you drown your an Idiot.

So,, Florida,, Gives plenty of time to get ready

California is gonna fall into the Ocean one day and the people out there won't have time to get out of bed XD
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Getting hurt on the toilet during lightening is going to be really rare. If I couldn't wait comfortably, I'd go. As for the phone, use a cordless phone during a storm or a cell phone--of course don't call someone and make them use a phone directly connected to the wiring.
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Heads up, the first named storm is supposed to come ashore in the Big Bend area in the Central Gulf Coast. Andrea became a named storm yesterday afternoon, the worst of this one is all to the east of the center of circulation. John_V, Bobthib RonH, jonC here it comes. TS warnings for most of the Central Atlantic Seaboard states, too. Georgia and the Tallahassee area will get a load of rain and the surf here is really high and rough. Many saves yesterday for the Gulf Shores lifeguards, Gulf Islands National Park has closed the Ft. Pickens area here.

No one got a weeks notice for this one, seen these for many years in the Gulf. A part of life on the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast.

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Bill,

You mean this?



They have already posted three tornado warnings for this area. One each in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties.
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