20% Chance of Rain


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20% Chance of Rain

Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:47 am



Does anyone believe that?

I did. Took my GL1800 to work today. Stopped for a bite to eat and sit with my son to talk a bit. Started raining lightly, evaporated quickly so I thought nothing of it.

Well, on the way to work, hit 4 showers which weren't bad and didn't make it past the fairing as I rode. Didn't get wet at all.

#5 was completely different. It was a solid downpour and I did what I normally do not and stopped under an underpass. The car ahead of me moved up and his daughter signaled me to move up further out of the rain. Great People! I only stopped because it was coming down so fast and hard it was standing on the road making it treacherous to ride on it. It only lasted about 10 minutes but it put a lot of water down!

I didn't wear my waterproof boots so I couldn't put my right foot down because the water was about 3" deep and fast that side. So I couldn't even get off the bike to put on rain gear due to the deep water. Needless to say I was rather wet when I got to work and took about 3 hours to dry out most of the way. Since I kept the rubber side down, I can laugh about it and think of the other times I got caught when I was younger and just kept going because I wanted to get somewhere! Now it doesn't seem as important to keep going.

Not a super interesting story but I had to at least start my entries to try and win this months contest! :lol:



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Re: 20% Chance of Rain

Post by themainviking » Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:01 am

20% chance of rain means several things. 1) There is a 20% chance the spot you are standing on will get rained on. 2) 20% of the forecast area is going to get some rain. 3) People on motorcycles who are running through that country are giving themselves a higher chance of reaching one of those areas. Probably upping it to 80%. I believed it when I finally understood it.
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Re: 20% Chance of Rain

Post by echinus1988 » Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:42 am

I should understand it but I still have problems. I should have probably said, go home get the truck when it rained twice on me while eating dinner but it was so light and the clouds looked like they breaking up to the west.

Oh well, it was a wet soggy ride but it was still a ride. I finally dried out about 1:00 AM.

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Re: 20% Chance of Rain

Post by FM-USA » Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:32 pm

20% chance of rain means a free quick bike wash.

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Re: 20% Chance of Rain

Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 2:16 am

Damn, I forgot about that!

Didn't do very well. I have dust spots everywhere on the bike. Cleaning it this weekend I think.

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Re: 20% Chance of Rain

Post by alwrmcusn » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:18 am

This is how it seems to work for me:
If our STAR chapter schedules a ride for Saturday we watch the local weather forecasts for rain chances.
If they (WBIR) forecast 40% or greater rain chances, then the ride gets cancelled.
That 40% forecast to me....means that 40% of the area will likely get rain and 60% of the area will likely not get rain.
In actuality this is usually how it works: With a 40% rain forecast, we cancel the ride, stay home and observe 100% sunshine the entire day.
After the cancellation if I decide to take a chance and ride despite that 40% chance of rain, I will get about 15-20 miles from home, the skies will open up and dump flood waters down and it will last all day or until I get the trike back under the carport. The rain Gods seem to love pranking me like that! :( :( :(


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