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Western US cyclist: are you riding in the smoke?

Old 09-16-20, 07:48 PM
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Lee vining this morning was recording an air quality of 1040... dam..
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Old 09-16-20, 07:49 PM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
So nice in the Bay Area again! It was damp this morning but I love riding in the dirt. Bonus USAF a/c:
IMG_4130 by 2cam16, on Flickr
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I saw this morning all the reading around the bay area was green. Must be nice for a change. In the Central valley, 160s,
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Old 09-16-20, 09:15 PM
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Been off a bike for about one month now. California is currently on the second round of fires going about. Thanks to the wind, the air cleared up 1000% for a bike ride.
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Old 09-18-20, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
There are a lot of good condition parked 747s. It looks to me like the western states should form a corporation and buy up a fleet of them, and convert them to water bombers. We see on the news of one single helicopter or water bomber dropping a small amount of water. How ever the short range pay load of a 747 is 250,000 pounds. When a fire threatens a town, fly a whole fleet ,15-20 over the fire and put it out. Repeat if necessary. Five MILLION pounds of water on a fire on the out skirts of town would surely help douse the fire, to where fire fighters could then kill it off.
You clearly havenít learned anything about the subject since the last time you posted this idea.

P.S. 5 million pounds is not very much water. You might want to convert it to acre-feet to put it in perspective.
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Old 09-18-20, 01:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
115 AQI in San Diego today. I pedaled hard. And felt it.
i pedaled slow and i felt it. 15 miles with one decent little 100 foot climb. it felt more like a cat 1 ascent.
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Old 09-18-20, 12:07 PM
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We went from a AQI in the 400s to 86 today after a rain storm. The evacuation orders were also lifted Wednesday. We are lucky, things are looking better. Even if it is raining today we might go for a ride
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Old 09-18-20, 06:36 PM
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First non spare the air day here in over a month. I've really cut back on the riding (~50%) during the record breaking streak of bad air so really looking forward to a good ride this weekend.
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Old 09-18-20, 07:45 PM
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In Colorado we've had a range of conditions from pretty good days to too bad to go out. I check the air quality data daily and have not gone out a few times this summer because of it but only a few.
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Old 09-18-20, 08:12 PM
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We had a good day today, air quality was in the 30sw this morning, went on a short ride before work.
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Old 09-18-20, 08:22 PM
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Nice clean air in Napa county, northern CA today. The smoky air we had really makes me appreciate this "clean air". Did a 25 mile ride today and it was great !
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Old 09-18-20, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
There are a lot of good condition parked 747s. It looks to me like the western states should form a corporation and buy up a fleet of them, and convert them to water bombers. We see on the news of one single helicopter or water bomber dropping a small amount of water. How ever the short range pay load of a 747 is 250,000 pounds. When a fire threatens a town, fly a whole fleet ,15-20 over the fire and put it out. Repeat if necessary. Five MILLION pounds of water on a fire on the out skirts of town would surely help douse the fire, to where fire fighters could then kill it off.
Half of the National Guard helicopters that could fight fires in Oregon were instead sent to Afghanistan.
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Old 09-18-20, 08:35 PM
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Did only 10 miles today in CO. The smoke was bad and my chest hurt the rest of the day from sucking that bad air. Weather person says wind is going to shift and it will blow the smoke out to some extent. That would be great as today was new bike day and I am ready to ride.

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Old 09-18-20, 08:57 PM
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Rode 40 miles today in SoCal on the riverbed Huntington Beach/Long Beach/Seal Beach area and the weather was not bad until a fire broke out near the bike path on the riverbed on my way home at El Dorado park in Long Beach. The fire was literally next the bike path and I can feel the heat when I rode passed it. I’m sure they got it under control bc the fire trucks were a block away when I passed it but there’s lots of trees and brushes in the area.
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Old 09-18-20, 09:39 PM
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I live in Mass. and the skies all week have been hazy from the smoke from the west that the jet stream carried here. This afternoon saw the first blue skies of the week. Stay safe.
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Old 09-18-20, 10:22 PM
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I couldn't stop work early enough yesterday to get in a post-work ride, so I gambled that the air wouldn't crap up overnight, and I lucked out. Nice and clear this morning, so I was able to get in about an hour and a half ride. It was beautifully clear!

While it was so smoky, I tried out Zwift - signed up for a free trial! Then the smoke cleared, and I'm not gonna ride in the garage if I can ride on the road! So now I have ONE DAY of the free trial left!
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Old 09-18-20, 10:41 PM
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The air here in Victoria BC has finally cleared up and my ride to work was very enjoyable, nice to be able to freely breath again while riding.
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Old 09-19-20, 12:52 AM
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Hope I'm not damaging my lungs by riding nearly everyday. I'm in Henderson, so looks like the PM2.5 AQI is around 87, 110 or thereabouts.

[ PM2.5 refers to atmospheric particulate matter (PM) that have a diameter of less than 2.5 micrometers, which is about 3% the diameter of a human hair. ]

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Old 09-20-20, 06:18 PM
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Even getting that Smokey haze all the way into Iowa along the Mississippi River. Some days better than others.
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Old 09-20-20, 10:40 PM
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Getting better out this way - compared to post #146 above. From https://www.purpleair.com/


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Old 09-20-20, 11:22 PM
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I went out today for my first ride in 13 days due to all of the smoke from the forest fires. I only went 24 miles but it felt good just to get out and ride.
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Old 09-21-20, 10:23 AM
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A week ago the local air quality number was about 9 million; today it's 36, hallelujah, so assuming I get all the stuff done this morning I need to, I'll be out pedaling, too. Everybody stay safe.
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Old 09-21-20, 10:42 AM
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Twin Cities area has had a AQI range of 20-40 for about a week. Today in mid 30s.
Did have one clear blue sunny day otherwise filtered sun.
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Old 09-21-20, 11:29 AM
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Smoke

I live in Seattle and the smoke is gone!!!!! Finally!
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Here on the SF Peninsula, we've gotten as low as single digits, even 0 in the last week. Creeping up again a little and the haze is definitely there, but still under 100 mostly. I've been riding as long as it's under 100, but I adjust my ride and the intensity to how high it is.
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The best part of the good AQI this weekend was being able to sleep with the windows open.
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