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Postby Frankenstipe » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:05 pm

So what are they like this year, good for bikes?
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Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:22 pm

Picture taken 3 weeks ago.

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Postby Bounce530 » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:28 pm

nice sack shadow.
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Postby oneeyeddick » Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:32 pm

I agree.

That is Pinemom, BTW.
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Postby capjbadger » Tue Jul 13, 2010 2:19 pm

That's pretty damn fluffy looking. That's going to be airborne in no time. :|

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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Jul 13, 2010 6:28 pm

What does this have to do with the theme?
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Postby Eric » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:37 pm

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Postby Playa Foot » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:17 pm

I was on the playa last Wednesday. Some areas of Black Rock City looked pretty good and others were nasty. The area around the golden spike - where the man will be erected- is bad, bumpy, lumpy and soft. Much of the city is in good shape, hard and smooth. So, this year the playa will be good, or bad, just depends on where you are.

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Postby oneeyeddick » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:41 pm

and the dust will be everywhere, no matter where you are.
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Postby Frankenstipe » Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:32 am

I live for Playa
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Postby Token » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:10 pm

I have these Playa conditions that I need help with:

The spot on my inner thighs where they touch and do the chub-rub, get irritated on Playa. What can I do to alleviate that problem.

I also have problems with excessive nose buggers. Is there so e thing I can do for this? Maybe snort some vinegar?

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Postby Eric » Sat Aug 07, 2010 12:15 pm

Token wrote:I have these Playa conditions that I need help with:

The spot on my inner thighs where they touch and do the chub-rub, get irritated on Playa. What can I do to alleviate that problem.


talcum powder. simple.

I also have problems with excessive nose buggers. Is there so e thing I can do for this? Maybe snort some vinegar?


saline nose spray. also simple.


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Postby C187 » Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:48 pm

Playa Foot wrote:I was on the playa last Wednesday. Some areas of Black Rock City looked pretty good and others were nasty. The area around the golden spike - where the man will be erected- is bad, bumpy, lumpy and soft. Much of the city is in good shape, hard and smooth. So, this year the playa will be good, or bad, just depends on where you are.


Sounds like 07.

But hell, we all prep for the worst case, right, right?
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Postby geospyder » Sat Aug 07, 2010 4:54 pm

Slight chance of a stray thunderstorm tomorrow evening. If that happens it could get a little stucky for the city builders.
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Postby ygmir » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:44 pm

I wonder if those German power people are out there yet?

It'd be a bummer to get there, thinking it's a dry, hot desert, and preparing as such, and, get rained on and muddy........
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Postby geekster » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:31 pm

If they know where next year's BM is going to be, I wonder why they don't roll it out in the fall after the current year's event but before the winter rain comes. Pack it down good and hard and level. Sure, the frost is going to heave the surface up and it will be what it will be, but I would think it might get the worst of the ruts out of it. Then just let the natural precipitation (or lack thereof) work their usual magic on the surface.
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Postby ygmir » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:34 pm

I think, the whole idea of doing it at the Burn, was to "load" test it under varying conditions and such.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:40 am

You think those guys are for real? That's a very interesting breakthrough they are planning for.
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Postby Eric » Sun Aug 08, 2010 11:05 am

I can't wait to see their powerplant in action!
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Postby ygmir » Sun Aug 08, 2010 12:26 pm

well, it seems for real.
and, wouldn't it be cool if it is where a "breakthrough" occured?
interesting, if nothing else.

He said, they'd have few "power outlets" of some sort on the playa.
I'd have to go back to read the details, though.

I think,Eric,, the mechanism is completely, or almost so, underground. not sure, other than the power stations, what we can see.
Maybe, they'll have drawings or something. I know, they're keeping it pretty secret as far as the actual mechanism/process goes.

I just wanna see this "mentor" he's got.......she sounds HOT!!!
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Postby Token » Sun Aug 08, 2010 1:03 pm

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I love that song............
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Postby geospyder » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:30 pm

Reno/Sparks - FREQUENT DEADLY LIGHTNING... HEAVY RAIN WITH RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF AROUND ONE INCH PER HOUR REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE MILE... PENNY SIZE HAIL... AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS OF AROUND 40 TO 50 MPH...

Wonder what it's like up on the Playa? How about your area YG?
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Postby Thecatman » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:36 pm

Issued by The National Weather Service
Reno, NV
3:13 pm PDT, Sun., Aug. 8, 2010

... STRONG THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING ACROSS EASTERN CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...

AT 304 PM PDT... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WERE TRACKING A LARGE AREA OF THUNDERSTORMS FROM SOUTH OF SUSANVILLE INTO NORTHERN MONO COUNTY... INCLUDING THE RENO-TAHOE AREA. STORMS ARE NEARLY STATIONARY.

FREQUENT DEADLY LIGHTNING... HEAVY RAIN WITH RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF AROUND ONE INCH PER HOUR REDUCING VISIBILITIES TO LESS THAN ONE MILE... PENNY SIZE HAIL... AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS OF AROUND 40 TO 50 MPH... WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

* LOCATIONS AFFECTED INCLUDE... RENO... SPARKS... CARSON CITY... MINDEN... VIRGINIA CITY... TRUCKEE... INCLINE VILLAGE... STATELINE... SOUTH LAKE TAHOE... SUSANVILLE... PORTOLA... LOYALTON... MARKLEEVILLE... BRIDGEPORT.

HEAVY RAINFALL IS OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS. EXPECT PONDING OF WATER ON LOCAL ROADWAYS. IN AREAS OF STEEP TERRAIN... MINOR ROCK SLIDES ARE POSSIBLE. DRIVERS SHOULD SLOW DOWN AND TURN ON THEIR HEADLIGHTS IF ENCOUNTERING HEAVY RAINS.

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM... SEEK SHELTER INDOORS AND STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS. STAY TUNED TO NOAA ALL HAZARDS RADIO...

Got this from weather.com typed in Dayton NV
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Postby geekster » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:43 pm

Statement as of 4:34 PM PDT on August 08, 2010

The National Weather Service in Reno has issued an

* Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for...
south central Washoe County in western Nevada...
this includes the city of Reno...

* until 730 PM PDT

* at 431 PM PDT thunderstorms continue to redevelop just north of
Reno. These storms could produce locally heavy rain of up to 1 inch
in an hour through 530 PM. Runoff from these storms could result in
minor flooding of low lying areas from Spanish Springs south into
Sparks and the east side of Reno. Minor flooding will shift to the
west side of Reno as the storms move slowly to the south.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause elevated levels on
small creeks and streams... and ponding of water in urban areas...
highways... streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage
areas and low lying spots.

A Flood Advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding
of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.


Lat... Lon 3976 11978 3968 11957 3950 11965 3952 11967
3951 11969 3947 11968 3946 11969 3951 11988
3957 11998


08/07/2010 0551 PM

1 miles E of Washoe City, Washoe County.

Hail m0.25 inch, reported by trained spotter.


Pea sized hail with heavy rainfall reported. Spotter
measured 0.31 inches of rainfall.




08/07/2010 0606 PM

7 miles NE of Spanish sprinn city, Washoe County.

Heavy rain m0.20 inch, reported by trained spotter.


O.20 inches of rainfall reported in 20 minutes. Spotter
also reported lightning.


Spanish Springs is North of Sparks on 445 going toward Pyramid Lake from Sparks on Pyramid Way.
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Postby Token » Sun Aug 08, 2010 4:48 pm

NWS Radar shows a big cell just missing to the north.

Looks like a fun year.

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Postby Just_Joe » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:06 pm

Token wrote:NWS Radar shows a big cell just missing to the north.

Looks like a fun year.

We just got SLAMMED with 2/3 of an inch in the last 40 minutes in Carson CIty. It may not sound like much, but for here, it's an event!
http://www.carsonweather.com/modules/wx/radar.php?id=24&mode=1&animated=1&track=0&advisories=0

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Postby geekster » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:11 pm

Looks like a couple of strong cells on the NEXRAD Northwest of Pyramid Lake.
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Postby junglesmacks » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:16 pm

geekster wrote:Looks like a couple of strong cells on the NEXRAD Northwest of Pyramid Lake.


Yeah but they look pretty stationary..

Thinking it will just help to compact things even more. Outlook from here on out looks dry as anything according to Accuweather..
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Postby Token » Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:20 pm

Radar shows the storms running south-southwest.

Strange. Must be a low sitting right on top of the area spinning clockwise.

No, rain now is not good. Crews are on playa building stuff. If it rains hard enough it can take days for the mud to dry out and work resume.


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