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WEather Porn

HI every body

 

Here is your weather Porn for HV. Or better for the drive to HV.  This summer we are seeing a return of the North American Monsoon. A weather pattern typified by extremely intense afternoon thunderstorms starting in early July and tapering off in September. Since we are in a fourteen years drought in the Inter Mountain West it's possible many of you have never seen or forgotten Monsoon season. The real danger is a slow moving intense storm. We've had a couple here in NM that have dropped five inches (13cm) in less than an hour.

 

So I thought I'd review flash flood safety.

  • Never drive into flowing water. Even a few inches can move your car and you don't know how deep it is. Also there's always a hole on the downstream side of the road. Be especially careful at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flash floods. Just wait, it'll go down.
  • Never camp/pull off to nap in a wash. Just because it's not raining where you are doesn't mean that it didn't rain up stream. Here is a flood forty miles away and six hours after/from where and when the rain fell. Imagine being caught in your tent or trying to swim in that! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yCnQuILmsM
  • If you are caught, CLIMB TO SAFETY!

 

Remember, THE DESERT WAS CREATED BY WATER, FLOWING WATER.

 

To check the weather ahead of time, here is the Reno National Weather Service (NWS) radar: http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?product=NCR&rid=rgx&loop=yes

Clicking on the radar map zooms in.

 

You can use the Compass rose in the top left corner to navigate to the regional radars along your route. It may take a couple of hops. Also in the top left corner of each radar page is a link to the local NWS regional office. Clicking on that takes you to the watches & warnings page for that office. Clicking on that page gives the local forecast with a link to the written warnings for that location.

 

 

I want to see you on the Playa. Be Safe

 

Ohio

 

PS  here is a link to the Sun and Moon data. The closest sites I could find are Lovelock, NV and Susan ville, CA For you engineering types Susanville is 70miles away and Lovelock 57. Extrapolate

http://aa.usno.navy.mil/search.php?q=AA+data+docs+RS+OneYear+html&cx=002940263540317832718:uhwwol5lyzc&cof=FORID:11

 

 

As an engineering type, I'd interpolate, not extrapolate (he-he).

Thanks for the warnings re flash floods.  Hoping we don't get rain, but good to be prepared and know what to do.

Cheers!

Plum