Hugh2 wrote: ↑
Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:59 pm
Saves on road rash and bandages, well done
And broken ankles!
Typical with rain at most locations. Rain can cause down drafts, which have to be balanced by updrafts, and then you wreck gear, get hurt, or killed.
Congrats on saving yourself for at least one more session.
In the Midwest US, we have a dangerous weather setup that does not necessarily occur with precipitation. We call it "a shift to north". With forecasted south winds (typically SW, but also WSW, S, and SE), and a forecasted shift to moderate north winds, that shift often occurs violently and instantly. While it is only about a 1 in 10 chance that your location will be where the shift is dangerous, it will kill you if you get caught with a kite up in it.
The classic experience of this phenomenon is to feel the south wind begin to die to nothing. Then, about 15 to 30 min later, you hear a roar in the distance. In the driest parts of the summer, there will be a bit of dust moving high into the sky to the NW. Not but a few seconds after that you see the trees bend and shake on the other side of the lake. This is all going on while the lake is glass calm with not a breath of wind. Then the wind hits, and is often 30 to 50 knots.
It's the clost thing to a large explosion blast wave.