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Good time to stay in bed

Postby Herman » Sun Jan 24, 2021 11:20 am

With a nice breeze forecast I planned an early landboard session but, unforcast rain put a dampener on it. It then went from 14 knots to over 30 knts, what a good decision to stay in bed.
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Re: Good time to stay in bed

Postby Leon van Bergen » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:37 pm

Huh ?

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Re: Good time to stay in bed

Postby Hugh2 » Sun Jan 24, 2021 2:59 pm

Saves on road rash and bandages, well done

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Re: Good time to stay in bed

Postby Matteo V » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:53 pm

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.

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Re: Good time to stay in bed

Postby Herman » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:45 pm

Being on the west coast of Wales we don't get too much unexpected weirdness compared to inland, the forecasts can be wrong or late/early but it usually fairly easy to see what's coming from the sky. Usually there is less than a handful of days per season where I choose not to ride because it is not possible to rig a small enough kite to stay reasonably safe and still have fun. Disturbingly it not uncommon to hear of somebody having an accident reasonably locally on these days. Being able to read and anticipate your local weather is pretty important in my book.

Storms at sea are impressive but the spookiest weather I have ever been in was on a lake in the middle of Europe just before a thunderstorm. Everything went dead still, then it seemed like a giant Zeppelin came over dropping small bombs of cold air and you could see circlar ripples where the lumps of cold air were hitting the water. The storm then arrived with lashing rain.

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Re: Good time to stay in bed

Postby Anthonyshopguy » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:46 pm

Saw that happen one time. I was still sailboarding at that time. I had to drop the mast and wait it out for 45min finally some brave power boater came and got me out of my mess.

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Re: Good time to stay in bed

Postby pixelicous » Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:04 pm

Good on you.. i hate those days when i decide to go out anyway and i just lose a couple of hours in that process


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