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Weather Crystal Ball
« on: June 06, 2015, 08:12:41 AM »
As we prepare to join the fulltime RV lifestyle, I've been paying attention to the national weather. Recently there has been the storms in Texas, yesterday tornados in Colorado and sourounding states.
Are there rules of thumbs as to when to avoid certain areas of the country? Thanks for any reply.

Kim (skyking4ar2) Bertram

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Re: Weather Crystal Ball
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2015, 08:25:48 AM »
Welcome to the Forum, JR...

We have seen every weather norm burst in front of our eyes in the last five years of full timing. We've seen rain in the desert and snow on the beach and every other goofy thing in between. There are no strict guarantees anymore. Just when you think you have it figured out, it will make a liar out of everyone.

The fact that you have wheels under you is helpful, but trying to long term plan for weather is a fool's errand.

We make our plans with the best information available at the time and then adjust on the road if need be. Certainly there are occasions where you need to pick up and go, but one of the full time advantages is, you can always remold your Jello plans. Just be prepared to execute Plan B and go with the flow and you will still have an amazing journey regardless.

As my drill sergeant used to say "adapt, improvise, and overcome".

We love our lifestyle regardless of the burps in the weather.

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Re: Weather Crystal Ball
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2015, 11:34:23 AM »
You might with to bookmark this link http://radar.weather.gov/ridge/Conus/index.php

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Re: Weather Crystal Ball
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2015, 12:01:14 PM »
The only time "weather" has ever disrupted out travel plans, it was smoke from forest fires. We did about 10 days in the Beartooth, and then another 10 in Yellowstone. Both were smokey, but tolerable. When we got to the Tetons, the smoke was so thick that we couldn't even tell that there were any mountains there. We left and went to Utah instead.

The bottom line, is that there is probably no part of the country that is totally immune to unexpected weather disruptions. Just learn to adjust on the fly.

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Re: Weather Crystal Ball
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2015, 12:04:22 PM »
As Kim stated weather may  cause an adjustment in plans.  Forecasts about three days out tend to be somewhat  accurate. If we see we are driving into a storm area, we just delay our departure.

Then there is the recent case where we were sitting in Amarillo Texas in a mild rainstorm only to hear on the nightly news that BIG destruction hail, tornado  all happened in Amarillo but we were on the east side of town and were unaware of any problems.  So  ya gotta be a little lucky too.

Weather can also change quickly.  While in the Canyon of Palo Duro we saw black clouds and heard tornado watch was  present.  We feared this may destroy our  outside plans for a group Bar B que.  Within 1/2 hour clouds  parted, sun shined and we had a wonderful  group cook out.   Ya never know.  Can't live life  paranoid.  Just be aware.
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Re: Weather Crystal Ball
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2015, 04:12:15 PM »
We've had more rain the first month of our current road trip than in our first six years of RVing.  We don't mind one bit.  Of course we're from So Cal and are trying to figure out how to bring some of the wet stuff back.  I grew up in Minnesota where rain beginning Friday evening and continuing until late Sunday was the norm.   ;)  At least when you were planning on a round of golf.  There's still lots to do and you always need time to do a bit of house keeping so just enjoy. 
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Re: Weather Crystal Ball
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2015, 04:52:37 PM »
trying to long term plan for weather is a fool's errand.

No truer words were ever spoken!  For the third year running we have canceled our original route because of weather.  After the Palo Duro rally we stayed for some repairs and by the time we could leave there were tornadoes and floods in every direction so we went north instead - but the bad weather followed.  Did you see the baseball-size hail in Colorado?   We missed it by one day trying to keep ahead of the worst of it.  That could do a lot of damage to a RV!  West seems like a better direction this year....

We watch the weather reports on both national and local TV, the weather on the computer, and keep the weather radio on for alerts in the worst areas.  My computer desktop generally has weather for the next two or three planned places.  You have to be flexible and willing to change direction if it looks too dicey.

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