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post #1 of 17 Old 05-29-2009, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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The never ending unforcast tropical depression

So here I am on Sunday the seventeenth of May. I was watching the weather and there is only a slight chance for scattered thunderstroms. I'm thinking a nice ride that week because I had four days off. I went to bed dreaming of nice straight Florida roads lined with huge old oaks with moss hanging off them. Ahhhhhh

I woke up, sort of, to the sound of rain pattering on the roof. It can't possibly be raining so I drifted back to sleep.

The next morning it was overcast, I checked the weather and they said a 90% chance of rain. I looked at the radar on my company website and there is a small rotating slight depression over the gulf. I set a five gallon bucket out on the driveway to see how much rain. The next morning it was full. That's two feet. I emptyed it out and set it out again, two feet. Needless to say I didn't get much riding done. I was out in the shed and it was raining hard enough that I couldn't see the house twenty feet away.

It is still raining. I got just enough dryness to mow my lawn, which had grown 6 inches. I went from a dead lawn to a lush jungle growth in a week.

I think I'll go get a six pack and a movie.
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post #2 of 17 Old 05-29-2009, 02:14 PM
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We went from drought conditions for months to non-stop rain for the last week.

My son got his license last August so he isn't familiar with riding in the rainy season. Still hasn't picked up rain gear and is uncomfortable riding in heavy rain. He better get used to it or he won't be going far for the next couple of months

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Rain used to dictate how I would ride in the summer months, now, I plan the ride and do it unless it is pouring, then I may delay riding, but usually, it's going to happen. I've got very good rain gear and water tight boots now, and all rainy days do is keep the tach a little tamer.

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Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody is doing anything about it.

I remember Florida: a 30% chance of rain in the summer means a 100% chance of a downpour at 3:30 every afternoon.

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Rain in the summer in Florida's is nature's air-conditioning.

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My buddy from Lantana, Florida was supposed to ride his FJR up here to NC today. He finally called me to plan for another weekend. Can five years of drought be made up in a week?

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Rain in the summer in Florida's is nature's air-conditioning.
Yeah, but after it rains and the sun comes back out, the humidity is even worse - which I didn't think was possible in Florida. It's the only state besides Louisiana that can reach 150% humidity without it causing some form of precipitation.

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Hey, don't like the rain, go back north and ride in the snow.......

It's Florida, it's not raining 100 feet down the road. Keep riding.

The rain really did hurt the bike time but everyones knows we really needed it.

150 miles today and still have time to clean the house.

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Thank you Charlie for those words of encouragement! Right, I rode about 70 miles today and spent time shopping for tires for the cage.

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Just wanted you Florida folks I'll be in the sunshine state tomorrow. Mainly Key West.

For about four hours in the afternoon.

Can you rent a scooter from the KW airport?

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