Weather - just noting...

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LittleGreyCat
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Weather - just noting...

Postby LittleGreyCat » 5 Jul 2020, 12:34pm

June (and so far early July) has not been kind to the North.

Just made me think that picking your month to do EtoE is a lottery.

From Leeds northwards is looking pretty grim today, and there is a weather warning for high winds as well.

Sympathy for anyone battling through it.

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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby simonineaston » 5 Jul 2020, 1:05pm

Sympathy for anyone battling through it.
That's what we get for altering the balance of the elements making up the weather system. Ironically, if more folk cycled, we might not be in this situtation - conversely, it's us cyclists who suffer more obviously when fighting a head-wind. Whoever said life was fair?! Not me!!
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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby PH » 5 Jul 2020, 2:05pm

LittleGreyCat wrote:Just made me think that picking your month to do EtoE is a lottery.

Yes, for any tour not just an E2E. Not even the month, you could start a day before/after and have a different experience.
I did my JoGLE in May, some years ago, my riding partner had wanted to follow the convention and start at the other end, I persuaded him otherwise. The first day was OK, followed by two days of cold wet headwinds, the sort that have you pedaling downhill in bottom gear. We'd pretty much stopped talking.
Then in Inverness, we met a couple who had just abandoned their LEJoG having lost too much time battling the weather coming North along the Welsh border.
We had another day's rain, then a bit grey for a day, then almost as we crossed the England border, the sun came out and the second half couldn't have been more different and avoiding sunburn became the challenge.
All the records are held from the South, the team get to pick the day at short notice and beating the previous record with less favorable weather than that rider had is unlikely. None of that applies to the touring cyclist, even less so if they have the luxury in their timetable to be able to reschedule as they go.
I like this website for forecasts, though it's more for amusement rather than planning, here's this weeks forecast for a random mid Scotland location:
https://bigsalty.com/en/weather/forecast/331/

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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby thirdcrank » 5 Jul 2020, 2:23pm

I can't speak for north of Leeds today, but here in that city it's been bright sunshine most of the day but with a strong westerly wind. After wall-to-wall sunshine for several months (I've just had my biggest ever payout on the solar panels) it's been awful for most of the last couple of weeks.

I tried to make the point about the weather affecting End-to-End rides here:

viewtopic.php?p=1502496#p1502496

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Spoke too soon. At 4pm it went from sunshine to stair rods in seconds.

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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby Clouded Leopard » 6 Jul 2020, 9:42am

Set off yesterday (Sun) for a short ride. Had only gone a couple of miles when a side gust nearly blew me to the centre of the road. Lucky no traffic. Gave up and returned home for the sake of staying safe. Had about 2 weeks of ‘Orrible weather here.
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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby Pendodave » 6 Jul 2020, 10:01am

Wind is ridiculous here (east herts) .
Was out yesterday and came round a corner on a narrow lane to find a substantial tree newly across the whole road. It's been like this for the last 3 days.

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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby Mick F » 6 Jul 2020, 12:38pm

I was riding in the Helston area and down by the Lizard on Friday. Strong SW wind.
Sometimes it helped me, and when it should have been against me, I was sheltered by the bends in the lanes and the high Cornish banks.

I was lucky, thank goodness.
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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby peetee » 6 Jul 2020, 12:59pm

Mick F wrote:I was riding in the Helston area and down by the Lizard on Friday. Strong SW wind.
Sometimes it helped me, and when it should have been against me, I was sheltered by the bends in the lanes and the high Cornish banks.

I was lucky, thank goodness.


Did you bag all your churches?
I’ve missed the high winds of the last few days. Been off the bike with a tummy bug - might have crossed paths if I wasn’t. :roll:
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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby Mick F » 6 Jul 2020, 4:50pm

peetee wrote:Did you bag all your churches?

Yes but no.
Should have done all eleven, but because I wan't concentrating, I went through Mullion without actually eyeballing the parish church.
In my defence, the church isn't where the OS map shows it.

I went down a week later and bagged more Cornish roads - as it's my long-term desire to ride all the Cornish roads.
Did 43miles including Mullion parish church .......... so yes, I bagged them all.

Still have fourteen left to do from Penzance and west.


peetee wrote:I’ve missed the high winds of the last few days. Been off the bike with a tummy bug - might have crossed paths if I wasn’t. :roll:
Poor you.
Hope you're better soon.

I'l keep you posted regarding Penzance.
Check in at my Parish Churches thread.
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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby rareposter » 7 Jul 2020, 4:28pm

Its always been a lottery really. Recent trend seems to be towards good May and September and a largely washout summer!

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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby gbnz » 16 Jul 2020, 8:50pm

Pendodave wrote:Wind is ridiculous here (east herts) .


Same here! Thing I can't understand is why the forecasts differ so far from reality. Both the Met Office & BBC forecast in my area for today, were virtually non existent winds of 6mph (NB. Same forecast for tomorrow).

Have to admit that in the initial 40 miles battling into this non existent wind today, I couldn't help putting my struggle down to post lockdown fitness loss.

Until I headed home and found myself hitting 39.9mph on one stretch, having not even turned the pedals in the previous two miles! Fair enough, there's a gradual descent on this stretch that'll result in my hitting perhaps 20mph with little effort (NB. I ride this stretch as a matter of return). But an extra 19.9mph fueled by a 6mph wind. Unlikely

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Re: Weather - just noting...

Postby Cyril Haearn » 6 Aug 2020, 9:22am

Upgraded my weather display to Fahrenheit, it shows nearly 100+ °, seems much more than Centigrade, frightening, best to stay at home :wink:
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