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Storm storiesPEDDLEFOOT
Aug 4, 2003 10:15 AM
Anybody get caught in one of the many big storms that hit over this weekend? I was lucky and got my rides in early and missed the big storms that came through the Chicago area this weekend.Anybody not so lucky?
Not this weekend, but last weekend.MR_GRUMPY
Aug 4, 2003 10:20 AM
See my post on the "Time Trial from hell" on the Racing section. The rain was the same, but the wind was stronger on 7/27
One poor SOB on his way to work at BPKristin
Aug 4, 2003 10:30 AM
Radar is your friend. When the weather is active, I'm out observing/photographing/spotting. I got some good images on Friday night. I was out again on Saturday when I passed a guy riding up EOLA on a Huffy with a cigarette in his mouth. Not someone I'd typically invite into my car, but it was inhumane to think of leaving someone out with that weather looming, so I offered him a ride. He said, "No thanks." I drove on, but 1/2 mile down the road there was flooding, lots of lightening and some hail. So I went back. A broken, dripping cigarette was hanging from his lips. I offered again, but he said he was just going to the gas station on the corner. I think he survived...

I like my Saturn very much, so far its survived 3 hail attacks (one with golf ball hail) and hasn't suffered for it. The jury is still out regarding whether or not it will function as a faraday cage. This has been the most active summer since '95.
Aug 4, 2003 12:17 PM
When I drove a Saturn, I learned the hard way that all horizontal surfaces were sheet metal- that just the vertical panels were "plastic" after I was caught in a particularly nasty hail storm during rush hour. State Farm set up circus tents to do the estimates. After receiving a $1500 check, I could barely see the hail damage.

I think the body panels made it impervious to radar. The car I drive now may force me to commute by bike ;)
Doppler was useless on SundayAlex-in-Evanston
Aug 4, 2003 1:13 PM
The storms developed right on top of Cook County. Doppler showed a pure blank at 11:00 AM (accurately) and by noon it was orange and red blotches all over the map.

I was painting my porch Sunday morning. Needless to say I'm re-doing it tonight.

Could cyclist/runners replace the weather people?Marketing Dept
Aug 4, 2003 10:42 AM
I have been cycling/running since 81. I have mantained a log since 87 and have lived in the same 100 mile area for all of that time.

My question is, are there others on this board who have been doing this and recording long enough to note those long term changes (better/worse)over the years? I have it down to a science that I can predict wind direction at certian times of the day/season and can predict when there will be storms, just by being in tune with my entries and noticing unusual wind and temperature changes.

Or, am I just a geek?
You're more than just a geek, you're right!pitt83
Aug 4, 2003 10:56 AM
Really, these weather clowns have all this equipment, expertise, resource, etc. Problem is: They dumb down the forecast to, eventully, ONE picture describing ONE event for the entire day. You see a sun, it's supposed to be sunny. All day, everywhere they broadcast.

Problem is: Weather is variable depending on location, time, altitude, longtude, etc. I find TV forecasts OK, but only pay atention to "Futurecast" (Watch the fronts move and predict yourself when weather will be lousy in YOUR area) and the radar (Same idea).

It's even tougher being coastal and having what amounts to 2 different weather patterns to consider.
Read the forecast discussionKristin
Aug 4, 2003 11:49 AM
Though I must say, Groton has much more stable weather than Chicago. On Tuesday, you often have a good indication of what your weekend will be like. Not always, but often. Here, they can't make an accurate 2 day forcast. That's not because they're dumb, its because there are lots of factors that impact what will happen in Chicago and often those factors change daily.

The forecast discussions from the NWS is the actual report written by the resident physics geek. After a while you get used to the verbage and can understand what they're saying. From the report you get a good idea what chance the forecaster thinks is likely for an event. Reports are written twice a day.
You bet....Dave Hickey
Aug 4, 2003 11:06 AM
Prior to cycling, I used to race sailboats. For the last 25 years of my life, weather has always played an important part of my activities.
Storms are predictableKristin
Aug 4, 2003 11:40 AM
If weather relies on the laws of physics, which are constant and unchanging, then weather itself should be entirely knowable. We just don't understand all the laws and/or how the laws impact other laws enough to know what a storm will do.

If you live in the plains or in the "alley," you may enjoy becoming an NWS trained spotter. The NWS trains geeks as field observers for violent weather. It helps them to plot storm courses, generate warnings and do research. Training is usually held in the spring and once you've completed it, you're a spotter. The only requirement is that you submit reports of hail (over dime sized), wind and tornados when you observe them. If you are interested in weather, then you'll enjoy the training.

Also, you are a geek. But if you're a geek that likes storms then your the very best kind of geek. :-)
Almost hit by lightning Saturday in Central CA foothillsStraightblock
Aug 4, 2003 11:16 AM
We could see the storm growing, and we were heading back with a couple other guys who had already turned back after getting rain higher up. It had just started to sprinkle when a simultaneous boom, flash and sizzle hit as the bolt hit a fencepost alongside our group. It turned into a downpour as we raced a few miles to the shelter of a market, making nervous jokes about whether aluminum, carbon, steel or TI was a better conductor. In about 20 minutes the storm let up, and 5 miles down the hill it looked like it hadn't rained at all.
Almost hit by lightning Saturday in Central CA foothillsboyd2
Aug 4, 2003 11:27 AM
My first century was this weekend and it was punctuated by a constant headwind and rain from mile 60 on. That made for some hard miles.

Hey Dave, where did you race boats? I race in the Chesapeake Bay. I backed out of a big regatta this weekend to ride and our boat was recording 65 knot gusts just prior to getting hit by lightening! Nobody was hurt. They were still on the way to the starting line and backed out of the race due to lots of equipment damage.
Racing Cat4 at Wood Dale. Pouring rain & hail. (nm)TFerguson
Aug 4, 2003 11:22 AM
Almost got me Friday afternoon...asphalt assault
Aug 4, 2003 12:26 PM
I'm about 35 mi South of the loop and left my house at about 3pm. I rode right into the wind coming out of the southwest because I figured I'd hit the rain first and outrun it home with a tailwind.

The plan worked like a charm, it started to shower lightly, I spun the bike around and stomped on it. I made it home and 15 minutes later it got real dark and all hell broke loose.

Mission accomplished...I got 30 miles and did'nt get wet (ok, maybe a little bit wet:)