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Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Ratpick » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:33 pm

Wowzer I just looked at radar in that area and it shows storms that are almost over brc! It's hard to tell on wunderground's Map and won't load animation so not even sure which it's headed.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Jackass » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:11 pm

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby TomServo » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:16 pm

On the bright side...If it rains enough, Burning Man will be longer than a week.

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Rice » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:35 pm

Yes it is raining. Heard reports a wee bit ago from DPW & Gate. Although, it was raining during a dust storm when I got the email....
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby maladroit » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:45 pm

Does rain make any difference? Say 1/4" fell...it's not going to pack down the playa much because there is already a crust on top of powder, correct? The conditions last year were because there was standing water....
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Rice » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:53 pm

maladroit wrote:Does rain make any difference? Say 1/4" fell...it's not going to pack down the playa much because there is already a crust on top of powder, correct? The conditions last year were because there was standing water....

That is exactly right. All it does is cut the dust until it dries though.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby TomServo » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:55 pm

The only difference I can imagine, is that the roads may be bumpier if DPW is working through th mud. They may be so busy, they don't have time to wait for it to dry. It's still gonna be dusty as fuck though
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Rice » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:59 pm

TomServo wrote:The only difference I can imagine, is that the roads may be bumpier if DPW is working through th mud. They may be so busy, they don't have time to wait for it to dry. It's still gonna be dusty as fuck though

Depends on how much rain. If it is like opening day in 2011, then, yah - the city is shut down. Otherwise, they just stop driving for a bit. . .
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby TomServo » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:04 pm

stretch80 wrote:
TomServo wrote:The only difference I can imagine, is that the roads may be bumpier if DPW is working through th mud. They may be so busy, they don't have time to wait for it to dry. It's still gonna be dusty as fuck though

Depends on how much rain. If it is like opening day in 2011, then, yah - the city is shut down. Otherwise, they just stop driving for a bit. . .


It doesn't take that much water to create ruts. The tiniest bit turns the playa dust into cement...picked up and deposited by tires..or feet. This is why WE DON'T CHASE THE WATER TRUCKS ANYMORE..Right?
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Rice » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:40 pm

TomServo wrote:
stretch80 wrote:
TomServo wrote:The only difference I can imagine, is that the roads may be bumpier if DPW is working through th mud. They may be so busy, they don't have time to wait for it to dry. It's still gonna be dusty as fuck though

Depends on how much rain. If it is like opening day in 2011, then, yah - the city is shut down. Otherwise, they just stop driving for a bit. . .


It doesn't take that much water to create ruts. The tiniest bit turns the playa dust into cement...picked up and deposited by tires..or feet. This is why WE DON'T CHASE THE WATER TRUCKS ANYMORE..Right?

But, how are frat boy/girls going to get their drinking water, if they don't chase the water trucks?? We know that the hippies avoid them anyhow....
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby trilobyte » Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:58 pm

Rain today isn't really so much of a problem (unless you're out there and it's heavy, of course). It becomes problematic if it's part of a pattern that would indicate an early start to the rainy season, which could mean a torrential downpour during the event… it's happened.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Rice » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:04 pm

trilobyte wrote:Rain today isn't really so much of a problem (unless you're out there and it's heavy, of course). It becomes problematic if it's part of a pattern that would indicate an early start to the rainy season, which could mean a torrential downpour during the event… it's happened.

So far, first rain I have heard of since before the golden spike was placed.

I'll keep posting updates from my Gate & DPW peeps till I hit the playa. The unusual thing today was rain and a dust storm at the same time ;)
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby 1durphul » Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:47 pm

2010 was the year it rained on opening Monday. It really appeared to me, after the stuff had dried, that the cars driving on it actually compacted the dust and made it solid. The streets were really nice to ride bikes on that year.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby trilobyte » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:40 pm

Reports from on playa folks (coming from two different sources) that there were winds in the 50-70mph range, and rain that was heavy at times.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Rice » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:57 pm

trilobyte wrote:Reports from on playa folks (coming from two different sources) that there were winds in the 50-70mph range, and rain that was heavy at times.

Hmm, we asked for weather and it looks like Ms Nature came through... She is going to be an interesting burn ;)
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby maladroit » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:31 am

Perhaps some year the city will be built on rafts!
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Eric » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:35 am

1durphul wrote:2010 was the year it rained on opening Monday. It really appeared to me, after the stuff had dried, that the cars driving on it actually compacted the dust and made it solid. The streets were really nice to ride bikes on that year.


They sucked on our side (I can't remember if we were 4:00 or 4:30 that year) - we had to walk our bikes out of camp past the huge dunes before we could even get on them, and there was a 10' or 15' gap between the Esplanade & the beginning of the bar because of thick dunes. It only got worse as the week went on - the little rainstorm didn't really do anything past the first day other than give us some really beautiful skies.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:43 am

We're so fucking doomed.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:49 am

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:52 am

dude, im thinking a Monsoon followed by a TRIPLE Rainbow would just Totally blow their fucking minds...


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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby H.G.Crosby » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:57 am

yes...

and then after everyone is soaking wet, we unleash HaboobZilla™...






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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Simon of the Playa » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:58 am

so it's true then?

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Roberto Dobbisano » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:59 am

those kind of comments belong in the rumor thread.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby Ratpick » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:10 am

Glad this sparked such a nice discussion. Of course in my dreams it would rain enough to flatten and smooth everything out and then dry nice and hard and solid. (who doesn't want a smooth, hard solid one?)

But more realistically I'm hoping for heat, dust, ruts, whiteouts and sporadic thunderstorms. I hope my expectations can be met!
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby trilobyte » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:18 am

The real (and ongoing) discussion about what the playa conditions may be like this year is over here, if you care to join it.

Personally I'm hoping for a dry dusty apocalypse.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:06 am

Ratpick wrote:(who doesn't want a smooth, hard solid one?)

No comment

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby CapSmashy » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:31 pm

trilobyte wrote:Reports from on playa folks (coming from two different sources) that there were winds in the 50-70mph range, and rain that was heavy at times.


I just had that report refuted by a different source.

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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby trilobyte » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:33 pm

I was hoping for a third source, but that individual left before things got weird.
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Re: Is it raining in Black Rock?

Postby CapSmashy » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:34 pm

Aw fuck it, it will be whatever it is and we shall be prepared for it however it works out. :mrgreen:
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