Wednesday, May 25, 2011

gotta squeeze it in...

Stephanie @ Randy's
by John Pepys (NRU)

Seattle--Tonight while little Claire slept, and Jeremiah sat and watched the hockey playoffs, Stephanie and I rolled down to Randy's Restaurant for a little late night breakfast. She had a strawberry Belgian waffle, and I went with the hamburger steak. Both were excellent, and it came up to $16.50, tip included--"you can't beat that."

We both felt compelled to get out tonight, as NOAA is predicting rain for the foreseeable future. And while both of us have ridden in the rain many, many times, at this time of year, it just seems ridiculous to do so if you don't have to. Shoot, we deal with a lifetime's worth of rain every winter here in the Emerald City--we shouldn't have to put up with that nonsense in late May!

This brings up a point relevant to all night riders: where to get accurate weather info. In addition to the Weather Underground link listed in the Night Riders Resources column at right, I use the NOAA website to look at the extended five to seven day outlook. While it doesn't give as much detail as W.U. on the front page, the site has a very clean look, and can give you a good idea of what's coming in the days ahead at one quick glance. It also has links to more detailed info--like hourly forecasts--at the bottom of the page. Here's the link for NOAA's Seattle forcast.

Also, the University of Washington has a couple of good weather sites. One is the "probability" forecast. Rather than giving you just straight numbers (think, "High 60 degrees,") this site says, "10% chance greater than 64, 10% chance less than 57." There are also several cool maps plotting temp, precip, and more. But the coolest thing about this one is that it gives a zip-code specific outlook. If you check the forecast for 98105 (U. District,) it may give predictions that vary ever so slightly from say, 98103 (Fremont.) www.probcast.com

Another site run by the UW atmospheric science department is the Northwest Radar Loop. And, of course, there's always the Cliff Mass Weather Blog for those interested in the science behind the weather.

Hopefully, these links will be helpful to some. And if anyone knows of any other good local weather resources, feel free to submit the links via the comment button below, and we'll check them out. Thank you, and may all your rides be bone dry this summer!

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