Playa Conditions for 2015

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by gaminwench » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:32 pm

Folks are reporting that 447 in the Empire area was closed by mudslides today in both directions. :shock:

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by FIGJAM » Thu Jul 09, 2015 10:53 pm

We've been doomed before and will be doomed again.

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by ^Rhino! » Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:41 am

Eric wrote:
^Rhino! wrote:Imagine if you will, you've already been incinerated by the pyroclastic flow and then, the tornado shows up to scatter your ashes. It's simply a sign that nature wants you DEAD, DEAD, DEAD.
So it's an Australian volcano? We are so fucked.
Nope, Indonesian. You're at least on the same side of the world, nearly the same longitude.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by ygmir » Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:59 am

^Rhino! wrote:
Eric wrote:
^Rhino! wrote:Imagine if you will, you've already been incinerated by the pyroclastic flow and then, the tornado shows up to scatter your ashes. It's simply a sign that nature wants you DEAD, DEAD, DEAD.
So it's an Australian volcano? We are so fucked.
Nope, Indonesian. You're at least on the same side of the world, nearly the same longitude.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by geospyder » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:18 am

I've been getting emergency notifications all week on my phone for flash flooding in my area. Last night I got one for a dust storm! Weather in Northern Nevada is plumb crazy this year!
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Dr Helix » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:29 am

I take a different view. At least all the bad weather is happening NOW. By Burn time, could be fantastic. Who knows what August will bring?
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by geospyder » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:41 am

gaminwench wrote:Folks are reporting that 447 in the Empire area was closed by mudslides today in both directions. :shock:

We're DOOOMED!!
From NDOT page a few minutes ago:

"There is a conditions related event (Road Closed) on SR-447 in both directions in Empire, Washoe and Pershing Counties, Nevada. Road is closed between 8 and 13 miles south of Gerlach due to flooding. There is no estimated time of re-opening. Use alternate route."
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Elderberry » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:54 am

Was that video in real time? It looks to me like it's in slow motion, but then I thought I heard some voices towards the end in the background that sounded speeded up.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by ^Rhino! » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:38 am

Elderberry wrote:Was that video in real time? It looks to me like it's in slow motion, but then I thought I heard some voices towards the end in the background that sounded speeded up.
If you're talking about the Cinabung volcano video, yes. The reason is they're at such a distance from the pyroclastic flow that it's hard to visualize the flow and just how dangerously fast it really is. Contrast that with the pyroclastic flow that took place at Unzen, in Japan.....

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Forty-two people had no chance of survival, it was that fast.

The volcano was onomopoetically named...how very Un-Zen.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Simon of the Playa » Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:46 am

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Jovankat » Mon Jul 13, 2015 11:52 am

The coordinates for the city have been posted. From what I can tell moving the city ~1200 feet down the 6:00 road from last year is going to be a negative for playa surface conditions, especially the inner playa. :cry:

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by FIGJAM » Mon Jul 13, 2015 12:26 pm

That will put G street about where the Esplanade was last year!

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Roundabout » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:31 pm

FIGJAM wrote:That will put G street about where the Esplanade was last year!

What a mess. :lol:
Just_Joe wrote:My take:
North to south is 10:30 to 4:30, identical to last year.
The Man moves ~1200 feet down 6:00 to halfway between last year's Man and Esplanade.
The distance from the Man to the esplanade is the same as last year, meaning the overall city size did not increase.
I interpret that to mean the city has been moved south, not north. Thus, that would put Esplanade about where G was last year.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by maladroit » Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:50 pm

Jovankat wrote:The coordinates for the city have been posted. From what I can tell moving the city ~1200 feet down the 6:00 road from last year is going to be a negative for playa surface conditions, especially the inner playa. :cry:
I'm curious, how will it affect the conditions? The playa is all flooded at some point during the year, is there a huge variation in playa surface? I didn't notice a significant difference between the playa out at the Temple or back of the K streets.

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Jovankat » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:12 pm

The city is moving away from open playa along the 6:00 line, so kinda south-westish. So more like Esplanade where G was (not sure if that's the right street but it's the right direction)

Maladroit I was on the playa last weekend for Juplaya. I posted some pictures a page or so ago in this thread. Last year's city is still very clearly noticeable. You can see where the streets are worn down flat and you can see where camps were and it's very far from being flat, there are fluffy sand dunes covered in a very fragile crust. This was on the 3:00 side so it might not be as bad on the other side but there was also some areas that didn't appear to be messed up because of the city rather just generally less than ideal on both sides of where the trash fence would have been.

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by lucky420 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:53 pm

Jovankat wrote:The city is moving away from open playa along the 6:00 line, so kinda south-westish. So more like Esplanade where G was (not sure if that's the right street but it's the right direction)

Maladroit I was on the playa last weekend for Juplaya. I posted some pictures a page or so ago in this thread. Last year's city is still very clearly noticeable. You can see where the streets are worn down flat and you can see where camps were and it's very far from being flat, there are fluffy sand dunes covered in a very fragile crust. This was on the 3:00 side so it might not be as bad on the other side but there was also some areas that didn't appear to be messed up because of the city rather just generally less than ideal on both sides of where the trash fence would have been.
Ok, I am easily discumboobalated so let me get this straight, the man is marching towards 6 o'clock thus pushing the city back a bit. Right? This might not be a bad thing. are they twisting the city at all?
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by trilobyte » Mon Jul 13, 2015 6:57 pm

The city moves around fairly regularly.

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Just_Joe » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:06 pm

lucky420 wrote:[

Ok, I am easily discumboobalated so let me get this straight, the man is marching towards 6 o'clock thus pushing the city back a bit. Right? This might not be a bad thing. are they twisting the city at all?
Correct. Marching down 6. No twist. I had posted this in another thread:
Just_Joe wrote:
motskyroonmatick wrote:Crimeney! Thats a gold mine! Wish I knew how to interpret it.
My take:
North to south is 10:30 to 4:30, identical to last year.
The Man moves ~1200 feet down 6:00 to halfway between last year's Man and Esplanade.
The distance from the Man to the esplanade is the same as last year, meaning the overall city size did not increase.

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by lucky420 » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:08 pm

Thanks Joe. I did see that. I was still a bit confused at the time.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Jovankat » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:45 pm

trilobyte wrote:The city moves around fairly regularly.
No more than once a year though surely? ;)

And does it usually move this much?

What would be super cool would be a gif that shows from a fixed position above the movement and growth of the city foot print over the years. I don't have that kinda know how though.

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Post by tamarakay » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:23 pm

look at any good satellite image and you can see various city footprints on it.
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:50 am

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Post by Ano » Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:14 pm

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hp ... 3304_o.jpg

I'm gonna let this picture speak for itself.

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Post by Canoe » Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:58 pm

omg

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Post by A-RockLeFrench » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:02 pm

You guys are fucked. :shock:

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Post by MrBeardy » Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:05 pm

Ano wrote:Image

I'm gonna let this picture speak for itself.
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Post by Simon of the Playa » Sat Jul 18, 2015 5:24 am

totally.
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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Token » Sat Jul 18, 2015 7:54 am

That is a perfect example of what late spring/early summer rain does to the Playa.

Any rains in warm months after the freeze/thaw cycles compact the playa just makes it corn-chip crunchy out there.

Doom is a pretty good prognosis for this year. Dust masks and goggles.

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Re: Playa Conditions for 2015

Post by Simon of the Playa » Mon Jul 20, 2015 8:22 pm

the white out party.


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