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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Bob » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:36 am

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Add five or ten degrees for the playa.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Jackass » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:39 am

There's currently a huge fire in Plumas County southwest of the playa, it's probably smoke from there
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Rice » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:46 am

Just heard from my Sweety on the playa.

Guess it is dusty, super dusty. Every gust of wind is really dusty....

So, if there is any wind, it will be dusty.

(Make sure you have a dust mask, goggles, etc ready and accessible in your car while in line. You will probably need them!!)

If you do not like to get dusty, stay home....
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby MrBeardy » Wed Aug 08, 2012 9:59 am

I heard there is a thick layer of dust, but a few inches under it is hard packed from last year. Someone told me that after the first big wind storm the dust will blow away and we should have the best weather in years out there and that dust should be almost non-existant!

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Rice » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:07 am

MrBeardy wrote:I heard there is a thick layer of dust, but a few inches under it is hard packed from last year. Someone told me that after the first big wind storm the dust will blow away and we should have the best weather in years out there and that dust should be almost non-existant!


Is this person on the playa today? I was just talking to my GF who is working on the playa getting the city ready. She stated that there is a thin layer of packed playa on top of a couple of inches of loose playa, then there is packed playa below that.

The wind will never blow all of the playa away...

It is dusty with a slight breeze, right now. When there is 60,000 people tramping around on the playa it is going to be amazingly dusty.

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby fritz » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:12 am

stretch80 wrote:Wishing does not change reality!


But, you have to admire MrBeardy's optimism!

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Jackass » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:13 am

Everyone's going to eat dirt this year, it's what's for dinner!
Sooner or later, it will get real strange...

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Bob » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:33 am

DPWer don't care. DPWer don't give a shit.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:58 am

When you're driving to the playa, look out for that vintage ford driving the other way. It'll be the Joads.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby MrBeardy » Wed Aug 08, 2012 11:18 am

[quote="stretch80"][quote="MrBeardy"]I heard there is a thick layer of dust, but a few inches under it is hard packed from last year. Someone told me that after the first big wind storm the dust will blow away and we should have the best weather in years out there and that dust should be almost non-existant![/quote]

Is this person on the playa today? I was just talking to my GF who is working on the playa getting the city ready. She stated that there is a thin layer of packed playa on top of a couple of inches of loose playa, then there is packed playa below that.

The wind will never blow all of the playa away...

It is dusty with a slight breeze, right now. When there is 60,000 people tramping around on the playa it is going to be amazingly dusty.

[i]Wishing does not change reality![/i][/quote]

It was actually news from the Playa gods themselves!

Ok, ok, I kid, but would be wishful thinking. Instead, maybe we can get one of those wide tire bikes, a ski rope and pull some people behind it for some powder turns on a ski or wakeboard!

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Talynt » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:29 am

Logistics this year are making our camp truck pretty space-tight, and frankly as much as I love my playa bike if I'm genuinely not going to be able to use it I'd much rather leave the half-dozen bicycles out this year (and save on tubes, tires, patches, chains, locks, lights, baskets, and lube. Well, make space for other lube....)

Can anyone get a first hand account of the playa? Like a picture to share? Or can dwp say "this year biking conditions are at least 80% as bad as 2008 or worse?"

Currently sounds like we shouldn't bring em.

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:33 am

Jesus fuck.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:47 am

Talynt wrote:Or can dwp say "this year biking conditions are at least 80% as bad as 2008 or worse?"

I'm not sure anyone's invented the richter scale for biking through dust...
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby lucky420 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:23 am

We had a helluva rain storm here yesterday... little bit of monsoonal moisture reached us. It rained hard for a good 1/2 hour.

The whole shebang, lightning, thunder, winds, DOUBLE rainbow (you know what that means)...

Don't believe that any of it reached the playa, which was probably good for all the builders up there.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Canoe » Fri Aug 10, 2012 10:39 am

Talynt wrote:... Can anyone get a first hand account of the playa? Like a picture to share? ...

http://blog.burningman.com/2012/08/buil ... -big-bang/
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Talynt » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:31 am

Thanks Canoe,

Looking at those pics, it looks fine, no? I don't see anyone sinking in dust, I see no significant dunes... Look at their boots, doesn't look like they're trudging around in 3 inches of loose dust, right?

Hell, it looks like the opposite of what they're saying the conditions are like... Anyone have an opinion?

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby DhammaSeeker » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:47 am

Talynt wrote:Anyone have an opinion?

It will be hot and dusty.

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby strange love » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:57 am

Bring your bike :)

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby lucky420 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 11:58 am

uh yeah it looks fine until thousands of people and vehicles start roaming around on it. Crust has been reported to be under an inch thick, that shit crumbles like a junkies teeth.

If it's not extremely dusty this year, I will eat a shoe.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Foxfur » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:12 pm

The dust will be deep enough that hippies will turn the playa into a giant cat box.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:16 pm

Bob wrote:Jesus fuck.


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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 10, 2012 1:17 pm

I predict the stealthy return of the Mad Shytter.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Eric » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:24 pm

Talynt wrote:Looking at those pics, it looks fine, no? I don't see anyone sinking in dust, I see no significant dunes... Look at their boots, doesn't look like they're trudging around in 3 inches of loose dust, right?


Look at the foreground of the second pic, "Just George" talking. See all that dust piled up just from the few vehicles that are out there now? Multiply it by 60,000 people.

You can spend as much time trying to convince yourself it won't be the Dustopacalypse, but if you're a smart burner you're going to prepare for the worst weather ever - and if you're extremely lucky you'll get surprised when it's just really dusty, not biblical.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Bob » Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:34 pm

You can always stay home, or just hit it for a couple of days and bail out for Tahoe.

I predict BRC will rival Dodger Stadium this year.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby theLynxmissesthesnow » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:01 am

Aside from the posts about how this post is misposted and should be reposted elsewhere...

are there any other items one should bring for extreme dust?

googles, mouthscarf... giant vacuum.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby maladroit » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:56 am

Extra set of balls.

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Eric » Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:57 am

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Rice » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:01 am

theLynxmissesthesnow wrote:Aside from the posts about how this post is misposted and should be reposted elsewhere...

are there any other items one should bring for extreme dust?

googles, mouthscarf... giant vacuum.

Make sure you can light your self (front and back) at night. Carry a small flashlight. 6 hours of water, some empty zip lock bags, maybe a roll of toilet paper, personal items (meds, etc), snack.

Basically if you are away from your camp and a serious storm blows in, you may be inclined to stay where you are. Make sure you have your basic needs at your finger tips. All things being equal, what would you need if you were stranded at art installation for 6 hours? (Imagine not being able to see your elbow...)

That is why I always have a stocked backpack with me, even when heading to the portapotty.
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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Elorrum » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:26 am

theCryptofishist wrote:When you're driving to the playa, look out for that vintage ford driving the other way. It'll be the Joads.

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Re: Playa Climate Prediction Center

Postby Spadge63 » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:56 am

With all the doom and dust predicted, with everyone hunkered down in their camps, I wonder if there will be a Burner Baby Boom next year.
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