Current Conditions on Playa

Current Conditions on Playa

Postby layoverlou » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:18 am

Anyone have any info as to conditions on the Playa? And no I don't need to hear from any wise-asses with "dusty, windy". I want to know if anyone has heard from anyone currently on the Playa. I have heard that the unusually dry winter has resulted in a thicker than usual layer of dust and silt.

Thanks (let the games begin).
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Postby Sensei » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:23 am

That's what I heard, too. I also heard (no, really!) that it was quite windy during the 4th of Juplaya.

Who cares?
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:35 am

here's about as current as it gets:

http://www.burningman.com/preparation/t ... ebcam.html
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Postby Mr_Understanding » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:18 pm

It's clear -- now. :)

I had a predictive dream that it was really, really clear the day I loaded in... but you know... it was a dream.

I've been charting temps, though. It hasn't been higher than 90 degrees in a couple weeks, and currently the 10-day forecast doesn't expect it to be. Last year it didn't really get hotter than the mid-90s, but I figured we couldn't be so lucky two years in a row...
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Postby Sensei » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:35 pm

I love the heat and I'd like nothing more than if it hit +100 every single day. I like to spend the heat of the day under the canopy a'drinkin' and a'smokin' and a'listenin' to various people say "fuck" on all the BM radio stations.

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Postby Mr_Understanding » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:46 pm

Be sure to stop by Camp Understanding on the 7:30 Plaza. You can say "fuck" on my radio station all you want. :)
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Postby Sensei » Tue Aug 14, 2007 12:49 pm

I'm SO fuckin' there!
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Postby layoverlou » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:28 pm

Thanks for the info guys.

Sensei- just thinking of my needs for nailing down a large shade structure. The condition of the playa surface is what i have been thinking of but no worries - seems as if a fuck load of rebar is the way to go (as always).

Have a great Burn!
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Postby Archantael » Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:47 pm

I'm wondering how hard it's going to be to pedal a bike across the surface this year (will I be riding through 2 inches of softpack vs. that hardpack I've learned to love) and if I'll get to enjoy the thrills of avoiding playa serpents at 3 am out beyond the man. Handlebars don't taste very good and I'm not good at imitating lawn darts after smacking into one of those things.
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Postby LaLindaLoca » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:06 pm

BIG FAT TIRES on bikes... that's what I've been hearing for this year.

Archantael wrote:I'm wondering how hard it's going to be to pedal a bike across the surface this year (will I be riding through 2 inches of softpack vs. that hardpack I've learned to love) and if I'll get to enjoy the thrills of avoiding playa serpents at 3 am out beyond the man. Handlebars don't taste very good and I'm not good at imitating lawn darts after smacking into one of those things.
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Postby trilobyte » Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:03 pm

While I'm not on the playa, I've been in touch with a few people who are out there.

The seasonal lake that usually dries up by the end of June (just in time for 4th of Juplaya) dried up in early May this year. The dust is loose and thick in some spots (with reports of dust dunes), you'll need long/strong stakes for your tent/shade. I've been told to expect that at times even riding a bike is difficult, especially if you're not using fat knobby tires.

There has been a bit of rain here and there in the form of short bursts that last for just a few minutes, but I haven't heard reports of any sustained showers. Gerlach's been in the 90's with more of the same forecast for the next several days (expect the playa to be a few degrees hotter). I haven't heard of any notably fierce or terrible dust storms as of yet, though my guess would be that it's inevitable.

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Postby mdmf007 » Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:00 pm

it woudl be nice if the playa was as hard and easy to move around on as last year. last year, last year.
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Wed Aug 15, 2007 4:19 pm

Our camp is actually bringing asphalt and will pave the area surrounding our camp
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Postby bigbluedoggy » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:16 pm

Our camp is actually bringing asphalt and will pave the area surrounding our camp


Can you please pave right up to the edge of the lake and koi pond we are putting in? Thanks!
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Postby gyre » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:52 am

Anyone know the humidity out there this year?
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Postby joel the ornery » Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:11 am

zip code for gerlach nevada: 89412

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today's weather

Lovelock, Derby Field Airport
Last Update on 16 Aug 5:53 PDT

Fair
58°F
(14°C) Humidity: 46 %
Wind Speed: E 5 MPH
Barometer: 29.97 in (1010.20 mb)
Dewpoint: 37°F (3°C)
Wind Chill: 58°F (14°C)
Visibility: 10.00 Miles
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Postby gyre » Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:17 am

Do you think the playa has the same humidity as Gerlach?

46 % sounds pretty humid.
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Postby trilobyte » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:01 am

The playa would have a lower humidity level (no vegetation). And yeah, 46% sounds extremely humid.

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Postby EspressoDude » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:14 am

realize that this data is just before sunrise, when there is a slight fogginess in the air. temperature 58 is cool. when the temperature gets to 80 or so the humidity will be about 20%..

I'm sure there are links to charts of how this works somewhere
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Postby actiongrl » Thu Aug 16, 2007 8:17 am

Yep, it's a truly dusty one. We've seen dusty years before where biking does become more difficult in parts of the city. It's been a very dry winter.

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evening temps

Postby veleda » Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:40 am

has anyone heard anything about evening temperatures?
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Postby joel the ornery » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:03 pm

pardon me for my irritability... but that is why i gave the link and the zip code...

seek out the info for yourself.
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weather info

Postby veleda » Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:15 pm

the link and zipcode didn't really lead me somewhere that said..you will be freezing in your boots... or we haven't had the need for a heavy jacket late night.

i am looking for more info on people that are actually there.

reading some numbers on a screen is not very helpful to me.
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Postby Mr_Understanding » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:47 pm

I suppose you're right in a sense -- temperature experience is always relative -- and since the high and the low usually spans 45ish degrees, the relativity factor is:

You're going to fuckin' freeze.

Unless you're rolling.
And wearing fur.
While dancing.
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Postby Token » Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:55 pm

The mini weather station at the Gerlach BM office:

http://206.158.7.4/weather/gerlach.htm

the 8 day history:

http://206.158.7.4/weather/downld08.txt

The second is best if you download it into a spreadsheet and make nice little drawrings ...
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Postby Eric » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:08 pm

It hasn't gotten colder than 60 all week? Sweet- that's summertime in SF, barely cold at all. I can rethink a couple of outfits.....
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Postby MikeVDS » Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:32 pm

Great links Token. You going to share your nifty spread sheet with the rest of us? :P
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Postby capjbadger » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:06 am

Eric wrote:It hasn't gotten colder than 60 all week? Sweet- that's summertime in SF, barely cold at all. I can rethink a couple of outfits.....

That's funny. I didn't know orange spray paint was an outfit. ;) lol

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Re: weather info

Postby joel the ornery » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:15 am

veleda wrote:the link and zipcode didn't really lead me somewhere that said..you will be freezing in your boots... or we haven't had the need for a heavy jacket late night.

i am looking for more info on people that are actually there.

reading some numbers on a screen is not very helpful to me.


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Postby frogprincess » Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:31 am

My favorite for playa weather: I check it Sunday before I leave and I've foud it to be quite accurate for the week.

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/MapCli ... -119.34111

see you soon!!!

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