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Old 12-08-14, 11:54 AM
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Big Storm a-Coming

The heaviest rain is expected Thursday, with 1 to 4 inches projected in urban areas and between 5 to 8 inches in the hills, according to the weather service.
And no, the drought will STILL not be over.
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Old 12-08-14, 12:40 PM
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Rain that hard and fast worries me for floods and slides (of the rock and dirt variety).

Stay dry and safe.
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Old 12-08-14, 04:49 PM
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Fear. . . is an easy sell!

But on the other end who knows?

Lets roll with the punches when ever they come. . .
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Well at least it's starting to feel like an actual Northern California winter and it's not even officially winter yet!
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Old 12-08-14, 09:36 PM
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At least the weather is a good excuse to share this cool cycling, rain related animated gif.

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Old 12-09-14, 11:47 AM
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Yep, gonna be a sloppy week. I test drove up and over Palomares on sunday and found Plenty -O- Mud on the SB side.. skipped that mess and rode towards WC via Dublin/SRV
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New helmet gets here tonight... if it wasn't for the predicted wind I'd say a rain ride would be in order tomorrow.
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Old 12-09-14, 02:38 PM
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lots of rain and lots of wind = lots of trees coming down. and trees don't fall slowly in high wind
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Old 12-09-14, 10:59 PM
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Blizzard warning for Tahoe, can't remember the last time that's happened. This weekend is gonna be epic if you ski!
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Old 12-10-14, 03:53 PM
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From the NWS Forecaster Discussion:


Bottom line...now is the time to prepare before the storm on
Thursday. This will likely be one of the strongest that we have
had in the past ten years.
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Old 12-10-14, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
And no, the drought will STILL not be over.
I respectfully disagree. The drought is over. The water shortage? Now that's another matter. Stick 38 million people in the state and it isn't that hard to get a water shortage. Climate change also makes the water shortage worse, since water storage depends on getting a lot of runoff from snow, and snow levels get higher as the climate gets warmer.

Stay safe out there. No bike ride for me tomorrow.
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Old 12-10-14, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by blt View Post
I respectfully disagree. The drought is over. The water shortage? Now that's another matter.
Semantics, but:

drought
noun
  • a prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this.

So a water shortage caused by too many people is not a drought, but a water shortage caused by years of low rainfall is still a drought even when the rains return.
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Welp I'm in and I hope you people are too, here's to hoping we get pretty close to our annual average this week so we can start counteracting the drought with any other rainfall we get this winter!
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Waiting for stormnado to hit. Wondering if bike commuting is going to happen Thursday. Big winds promised in Eastern Contra Costa...
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The rangers just closed down Mt Diablo ... I guess I'm off to MT Ham instead.
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here in walnut creek, it started raining, lightly, in the middle of the night, and is still raining lightly. there were a few wind gusts, but it's been very calm since daybreak.

i'm sure there will be a nice accumulation, and maybe it's been more severe in other areas, but for around here, i'll give this storm a big phat "Pffffffft".

i've played golf in worse weather.

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Old 12-11-14, 03:59 PM
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My yard draining.
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
here in walnut creek, it started raining, lightly, in the middle of the night, and is still raining lightly. there were a few wind gusts, but it's been very calm since daybreak.

i'm sure there will be a nice accumulation, and maybe it's been more severe in other areas, but for around here, i'll give this storm a big fat "Pffffffft".

i've played golf in worse weather.
It's been pretty mellow up this way as well. I imagine those that stormed the local stores for water and batteries will feel a bit silly in a few hours.
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WOW, big yard for CALI standards! Cyclocross track ?
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Orchard.. I do have a track in the backyard though.
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It rained A LOT, but just kind of steady all day. 3.7" at my house near downtown WC, so that's a sizable amount for less than 24 hours. But yeah, the intensity was pretty subdued.

And as someone posted above, Diablo is closed until further notice. Maybe by the weekend it'll reopen, hopefully by Sunday!

Time to hit the road, looks like a rain-bike day!
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I heard now there are dangers of landslides?
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I rode into work and t wasn't the worst I've ridden in. I did get one big gust that moved me a bit, and a car hit a puddle that nailed me. But in my rain pants and jacket it wasn't so bad.

I have winter gloves, but they aren't water proof. They absorb so much they weight a ton when I get off the bike.
Suggestions?
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Originally Posted by cccorlew View Post
I rode into work and t wasn't the worst I've ridden in. I did get one big gust that moved me a bit, and a car hit a puddle that nailed me. But in my rain pants and jacket it wasn't so bad.

I have winter gloves, but they aren't water proof. They absorb so much they weight a ton when I get off the bike.
Suggestions?
i've got a pair or outdoor research (OR) gortex shell mittens, no insulation. i wear them over ragwool mittens on really cold weather days. they were a godsend on a 9-month jan-aug tour. never failed to keep my hands warm and dry. used them on a bike with thumb shifters and had no trouble, it's not like i was racing or anything.

never tried them over gloves. IDK, gloves could be an improvement over mittens as far as dexterity is concerned.

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
Semantics, but:

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So a water shortage caused by too many people is not a drought, but a water shortage caused by years of low rainfall is still a drought even when the rains return.
Yeah, semantics. Perhaps I should say the HUMAN water shortage is another matter. There's no water shortage except for how much we need in the reservoirs for too many humans.

The funny thing is that we only really had abnormally low rainfall in calendar year 2013. We had higher than normal in December 2012. We had low, but not abnormally low, in 2014 from January through the end of the rainy season. There is only a shortage of water because we have too many people to tolerate normally low periods of rainfall. Abnormally low really causes problems that last, but even normally low will now cause some panic. Unless changes are made in water storage, we need to average more than 100% of normal to be OK over the long haul, and that won't happen. Actually, with climate change, maybe it will, so we have to hope that increased precipitation from climate change offsets the negative impact of lower snow levels decreasing the amount of runoff going into reservoirs.

If the plants (outside of plants grown in areas that are naturally too dry without human created irrigation) and animals don't think there is a shortage, then I (along with at least some others) say there is no drought, but it is a matter of semantics.
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