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Today's Weather Forecast

Got up this morning and checked the forecast thinking I was going to ride in to work today. Forecast looked alright, high of 84 and a chance of pm Tstorms, 40%. I figured I'd better check the radar as I usually do, and WHAM...a damn state size storm bearing down on us just about 2 hours away (this is at about 6:30am).

Grabbed the truck and headed in to work. I mean seriously, what's the point of having a forecast if it's not even accurate based on the current radar! Three hours of rain later....Idiots

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Got up this morning and checked the forecast thinking I was going to ride in to work today. Forecast looked alright, high of 84 and a chance of pm Tstorms, 40%. I figured I'd better check the radar as I usually do, and WHAM...a damn state size storm bearing down on us just about 2 hours away (this is at about 6:30am).

Grabbed the truck and headed in to work. I mean seriously, what's the point of having a forecast if it's not even accurate based on the current radar! Three hours of rain later....Idiots
Because most forecasts aren't updated as quickly as radar is.

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Statewide systems don't form up in an hour. This thing was/is huge...and was clear as day on the radar. We're not talking an afternoon thunderstorm popping up here

Maybe they should spend more time on the CURRENT weather forecast for the day and less time hyping tornadoes and freaking people out in general

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Statewide systems don't form up in an hour. This thing was/is huge...and was clear as day on the radar. We're not talking an afternoon thunderstorm popping up here

Maybe they should spend more time on the CURRENT weather forecast for the day and less time hyping tornadoes and freaking people out in general
Depends on the state.

Talk to Chills then. lol honestly, it depends on where you are getting the forecast from.

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I would have taken a few screen shots if I had time. It was almost comical. Hourly forecast has bright sunshine and seasonal highs...radar right below it shows an enormous rain storm that will last most of the day.

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Should have rode in anyway......... pussy.

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I stopped listening to the weathermen. If its not raining when I leave for work I am riding in. I have rode in about 10 times and it has rained and dried up by the time I leave to go home. Only once have I been caught in a light drizzle on the way home. I have rode in almost all summer this year.

Matter of fact I rode in today also.
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I stopped listening to the weathermen. If its not raining when I leave for work I am riding in. I have rode in about 10 times and it has rained and dried up by the time I leave to go home. Only once have I been caught in a light drizzle on the way home. I have rode in almost all summer this year.

Matter of fact I rode in today also.
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I wish it would rain here, 22 straight days over 100 degrees and no rain.

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Stop looking at Weather.com.

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Stop looking at Weather.com.
Where can you actually find moderately accurate weather? Other than looking at the radar and guessing for yourself?
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@ Vcook. That's what I use.


The best weather site is nws.noaa.gov. When I do interviews I sometimes joke that forecasting weather is the only thing the government does well.

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Where can you actually find moderately accurate weather? Other than looking at the radar and guessing for yourself?
Looking outside will tell you the actual current conditions. For forecasts, I typically look at forecast.weather.gov.

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I like wunderground.com too, but use that mostly for weather data for work.

It was cracking me up though, as I'm driving in this morning listening to the forecasts on the radio everyone was still saying potential for pm Tstorms only...when a huge rain storm was an hour or two away

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Yeah, I even was off on the timing for this storm. It moved in A LOT faster than anyone thought it would.

Its also a lot cooler than it should be. The storms weren't riding a cold front, so the temp shouldn't have dropped so much.

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Heavy rains bringing the cooler air aloft groundward, eh?

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Apparently, but there really wasn't much cooler air aloft. And behind this small system there's a warm front, so tomorrow should be even warmer than today. Behind that is a cold front, so Thursday should be cooler.

Hey, every once in a while the weather gets us. How come I never hear, "nice job, Chills, you were spot on" when I'm right?

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Should have rode in anyway......... pussy.


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I stopped listening to the weathermen. If its not raining when I leave for work I am riding in. I have rode in about 10 times and it has rained and dried up by the time I leave to go home. Only once have I been caught in a light drizzle on the way home. I have rode in almost all summer this year.

Matter of fact I rode in today also.


I don't evan watch/listen to the weather most of the time. I'm like Steve, if it's not raining when I'm leaving the house, then I'm on the bike. Hell, sometimes I still leave even if it is raining. 40mpg vs. 15mpg is a big deciding factor for me. People look at you funny when you're riding in the pouring rain, and you flip up the front of your helmet to take a drink of coffee, and then flip it down again like nothing is happening.

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104 and sunny here. Its been like this for over a month. I dont even bother to check the news for weather.
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I honestly don't pay any attention to the forecasts more than a day out myself. I just always check the radar in the morning...if, like this morning, there's a gigantic storm coming I won't ride in. It stopped raining here maybe 30 mins ago.

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Apparently, but there really wasn't much cooler air aloft. And behind this small system there's a warm front, so tomorrow should be even warmer than today. Behind that is a cold front, so Thursday should be cooler.

Hey, every once in a while the weather gets us. How come I never hear, "nice job, Chills, you were spot on" when I'm right?
Hey I don't ever hear apologies from the weathermen when they blow it big time either, so it goes both ways!

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well you apparently stopped listening to my voicemails also - Greekjew Prick! WTF - i was waiting up in west bend , Wi for my supermoto teamate to show up and guess what you didnt show up! WTF!
Yeah sorry about that, I have been a little overwhelmed at work and home lately. I ended up racing CCS last weekend but I did send in my pre reg to the RA round of sumo racing in Sept.
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West Bend? Half that damn town is a national number flat tracker

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Yeah sorry about that, I have been a little overwhelmed at work and home lately. I ended up racing CCS last weekend but I did send in my pre reg to the RA round of sumo racing in Sept.
Im just messin with you bro, i figured you were doing ccs. U missed a great race though - funnest race ive ever done! No pull some tricks to get some Pogey bait!

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Got to school early, asked a friend what it was supposed to be like and he said 40 percent pm rain. Left the gear on the bike...the jacket draped over the seat locked in the helmet lock. Jacket was wet, but the inside was dry enough. Wasn't bad at all...little drizzle on the way home. Worst part was the parking ticket i got....too bad it didn't blow away.
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Well got caught in the rain on the way home. No biggy. I was impatient and left early to pack up trailer for Blackhawk tomorrow.
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