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What is this? Monsoon season?.......(9 posts)

What is this? Monsoon season?.......rwbadley
Sep 4, 2003 7:53 PM
Yesterday it was cloudy and windy. Today it was cloudy, windy and began to rain. Thunder, lightning, the whole nine yards. I think we've had 1.5" of precip in the last two months. I bet we had another .15" just today! I feel like getting the ark ready to go...when will it ever end?

hehheh....apologies to all of you on the east coast ;-)
It was so bad, I had to haul the ol' fender bike out...rwbadley
Sep 4, 2003 7:54 PM
Sweet water from the skies, where would we be without thee?rwbadley
Sep 4, 2003 7:58 PM

;-) RW
As a matter of fact, it is, or was.Spoiler
Sep 4, 2003 11:24 PM
Here in Arizona, it's just about come and gone. The secret is to just get wet.
I've found I waste more time, energy and create more aggrevation trying to stay dry.
Once you resolve yourself to getting wet, you no longer have to fight the losing battle with nature. When you're wet, you're part of nature, working with it, defusing the conflict, and reach inner peace.

Either that or you drown like a rat.
boohoo .......tarwheel
Sep 5, 2003 4:36 AM
We had 8.6" of rain in Raleigh, NC, just in August -- over 38" for the year so far. If we get a hurricane or tropical storm, all hell is gonna break loose because the ground is totally saturated. It will be like Hurricane Floyd all over again, with massive flooding. It's even worse up in the mountains. I was visiting my home town in Clayton, Ga. (in the mountains) last week, and they've had 65" of rain year to date. This is the wettest year I can remember.

Where are you at? Nevada?
How does 3.38 inches in 5 days sound??gildomilo
Sep 5, 2003 5:11 AM
That's what life has been like on the east coast all summer. I'm sick of it.
How does 3.38 inches in 5 days sound??rwbadley
Sep 5, 2003 7:35 AM
That sounds pretty dam wet.

3.5 inches is half our average annual total precip in Reno.

I know the rain can get old. I was raised in Western Washington state, and remember how it was. We had sixteen different names for the weather. All variations of how to say "Raining".

One time I was pulled over for speeding (in WA) It had been raining for two solid months. There had not been ANY blue sky. The cop asked me what my hurry was. I apologized, and said 'no hurry, I guess I was distracted by that blue sky up there' I pointed to a parting of the clouds about the size of a dime. He laughed and said 'yeah I was looking at that too' and let me go!

I have to admit, when it rains here in Reno I feel more like rejoicing and running out into it than hiding from it. It usually is a short lived five or ten minute shower. Sometimes it is a cloudburst. It always leaves the air fresh, sharp and clean; with a piercing aroma of sagebrush and juniper. Nice.
Here is Seattletazdag
Sep 5, 2003 6:54 AM
it's been the nicest summer since I moved here 25 years ago. Today will be 60 consecutive days where the temperature is over 70F, which smashes the old record of I believe 50 consecutive days. Precipitation wise, we've had less than a inch of rain since the beginning of June but are still above average for the year. Of course, the summer is the only dry time of the year with the modified mediterranean climate here. It's supposed to cool off this weekend and even rain which I'm actually looking forward to. My guess is we have less than 10 days where the temperature exceeds 70F until next June. Of course we pay for the dry summers in the fall, winter and spring, when the roads never seem to dry for weeks on end.
Just to the north of youEric_H
Sep 5, 2003 8:39 AM
I'm up in the greater Vancouver area, in Canada. And we have had the same beautiful summer as Seattle. I can only think of one day in the past 2.5 months that I would call "rainy" and even then it was just some light showers. The thought of riding in the rain seems foreign to me right now. After a long race season this year, I think it will take a month of rain with me on the couch before I pull out the winter bike and get wet.

Of course, this drought has a downside. The risk of forest fires on the mountains is extreme, such that most of the north shore is closed off for hiking and MTB. And of course the interior of BC (Kelowna and Kamloops) have been hit with record setting forest fires and massive devastation. So there is a price to pay....