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Old 02-12-22, 03:58 PM
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I love the comment about thinner ice this year. I heard the same to be true here in the northeast.

I did see one weekend of pond hockey after a particularly cold "cold-snap." But one weekend is about it.

I think I heard that the Charles River between Cambridge and Boston is particularly thin this year.

Let's be honest - if the lake ice is too thin, you'll likely be doing some swimming, not cycling.
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Old 02-12-22, 07:50 PM
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Windy, then warm, then cold means I was able to ride on top of snowdrifts today. In several spots I could have ridden into people's back yards. They usually don't set up like this until late March.
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Old 02-12-22, 09:18 PM
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It got up to 85°F here on my ride today. I wish I could be smug about this, but the implications are frightening.
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From the days when I lived where it actually gets cold:

It's so cold the only car that will start is the old Plymouth with no compression.

It's so cold, somebody is going to walk to their mailbox and not make it back alive.

It's so cold, a drive to the local grocery feels like an expedition.

Today living in Portland, OR:

It's so cold... lol, it doesn't get cold here.
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Old 02-12-22, 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42 View Post
Today living in Portland, OR:

It's so cold... lol, it doesn't get cold here.
In central CA… it hasn’t rained this year yet. This is normally the rainy season
Originally Posted by “NWS Sacramento”
Another day, another batch of daily record highs!

New record highs:
78°F | Sac Downtown
78°F | Stockton
75°F | Sac Exec AP

Tied:
77°F | Red Bluff
74°F | Modesto

No new February monthly records today, but some locations were close:

Stockton - Missed by 1° (79°F on 2/28/2020)
Sac Downtown - Missed by 2° (80°F on 2/27/1985 & 2/18/1899)

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Old 02-13-22, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
In central CA… it hasn’t rained this year yet. This is normally the rainy season
Pretty damn serious implications for further fire risks this year for the region I imagine?
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Old 02-13-22, 11:09 AM
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Pretty damn serious implications for further fire risks this year for the region I imagine?
Less rain = more dry, more rain = more fuel. Seems like we can't win until such time as it all burns up and doesn't grow back
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Old 02-13-22, 11:44 AM
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We've had two fires in Big Sur this February, and one in Marin.
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Old 02-15-22, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by gecho View Post
Windy, then warm, then cold means I was able to ride on top of snowdrifts today. In several spots I could have ridden into people's back yards. They usually don't set up like this until late March.
wow, that is some snow pack! when do you guys ever see bare ground again?
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Old 02-15-22, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
wow, that is some snow pack! when do you guys ever see bare ground again?
Those conditions allow a dog to walk over a fence as well.
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Old 02-15-22, 08:40 PM
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So cold, my goose bumps have goose bumps. (an oldie but a...well, I guess it's just an oldie)
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Old 02-16-22, 07:22 AM
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It's so cold the North Wind has gone South for the winter!
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Old 02-16-22, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
wow, that is some snow pack! when do you guys ever see bare ground again?
The snow can disappear surprisingly fast in the spring. Warm sunny days with above freezing nights most can be gone in a week. The drifts take a bit longer to go.

Mid to late March the Sun intensity alone can melt ice on the street when its around -10C. Which creates the interesting situation where road spray instantly freezes to the bike in an accumulating fashion.
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Old 02-17-22, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by gecho View Post
The snow can disappear surprisingly fast in the spring. Warm sunny days with above freezing nights most can be gone in a week. The drifts take a bit longer to go.

Mid to late March the Sun intensity alone can melt ice on the street when its around -10C. Which creates the interesting situation where road spray instantly freezes to the bike in an accumulating fashion.
I was riding in those conditions once, and, the space between the front tire and the front fender started extruding ice out to about 6" long before it fell off. I know I don't have to tell you what happens to the brakes.
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Old 02-18-22, 07:34 AM
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About now, the interesting (and depressing) question is not how cold is it?, but rather, when will the cold end?

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Old 02-18-22, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
About now, the interesting (and depressing) question is not how cold is it?, but rather, when will the cold end?
Just be careful not to blow away today ... 55 mph wind gusts ?!?

(also pick a Strava segment to KOM on a winter bike )

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Old 02-18-22, 10:41 AM
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About now, the interesting (and depressing) question is not how cold is it?, but rather, when will the cold end?
Yeah, I was going to do some aggressive trimming on my beard a couple of weeks ago and then saw the forecast. Same last weekend. Same this weekend. And same with washing and putting away the heavy winter gear.

We'll have to see what I'm up for this afternoon. Fortunately, wind in the Cities isn't nearly as bad as out in the country, with all the trees and structures around here. The gusts would be too dangerous out on an open county road, getting blown into traffic or into the ditch. I might get out a few miles to see how it goes, given the mild temp.
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Old 02-18-22, 10:54 AM
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patience is a virtue

63 next Wednesday & 13 next Saturday nite? might start another thread: "how are temperature changes messing with you?"
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63 next Wednesday & 13 next Saturday nite? might start another thread: "how are temperature changes messing with you?"
Oh, blow off the Sat low. The daytime high looks pretty good from my perspective. I used to really be up on morning lows with my commuting pre-covid, but now with this work from home stuff, I rarely pay attention to them unless the furnace has been running all night and I want to confirm it's just weather-related and not the furnace.
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patience is a virtue

63 next Wednesday & 13 next Saturday nite? might start another thread: "how are temperature changes messing with you?"
That looks like a pretty sweet forecast. We'll see that in late March. Some years we have worse in April.
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Old 02-18-22, 01:50 PM
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it's so cold, I left my baby carrots in the car
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if I've just finished week 1 from my fall & if it takes 4 weeks to heal well enough to go sporting again, that' s somewhere March 13-19? in my area, there's a chance I can get in one more snow storm ride, maybe even at nite ... ;-)
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if I've just finished week 1 from my fall & if it takes 4 weeks to heal well enough to go sporting again, that' s somewhere March 13-19? in my area, there's a chance I can get in one more snow storm ride, maybe even at nite ... ;-)
It was five years ago today that I biked to work in some record February heat. It hadn't dropped below freezing overnight in several days and I took the road bike. A half block from work, I made a left turn and promptly went down. Roads were wet, but this patch caught a cool breeze blowing off the nearby (frozen) backwater of the Minnesota River. Ooops. I hadn't thought of that wrinkle. I dragged myself off to the side of the road, noticed the thumb of my right glove was pointing back at me. When I grabbed it to get my thumb back in, I felt that my thumb was still in it! Dislocated! I slapped it back into position before I fainted and managed to make it to work. I had to sit by the bike locker for ten minutes, and again on the stool in the restroom while changing for another ten before I could make it up to my desk.

A week later when swelling had gone down enough, I finally figured out it hadn't been dislocated. My first bone break, requiring a titanium screw (a $300 part, according to the technician when I asked) to set it. I was off the bike for five weeks with that, about this same time frame! (Also had two sprained wrists and a mildly sprained shoulder that needed to heal, plus a cracked helmet.)
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My first bone break, requiring a titanium screw (a $300 part, according to the technician when I asked) to set it. I was off the bike for five weeks with that, about this same time frame! (Also had two sprained wrists and a mildly sprained shoulder that needed to heal, plus a cracked helmet.)
awww sorry if I helped you dig up an ugly memory. I'll stay alert!
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it's so cold, that when driving to visit Sis on "The Cape" this weekend, the marine weather channel warned of freezing spray. which can be a hazard to fishermen

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