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When my alarm went off for rowing this morning, I got up and listened to the rain outside. Then I checked the weather forecast: flood warnings until 9:25 am. I really hate making the call to skip rowing, but that's what I did. Blargh.

After the bike ride to work, I feel slightly better about that decision.

Not even the Neoprene Space Booties could save me today!

I had one of my labmates take a photo. I went to the trouble of putting on the Neoprene Space Booties, but not even those could save me.

Thank goodness I at least left a spare pair of shoes at work, and carried along a spare wool top. My stuff stayed reasonably dry, too.

That said - if the weather keeps this up, I need to just own up to the circumstances, throw on some spandex, and change once I get to work.

I should also get another bottle of that waterproofing stuff and do another round of re-waterproofing.


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Jan. 20th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
So, out of curiosity: what sort of flood risks are associated with rowing where you usually do? I somehow expect that neither large lakes nor estuaries would be that affected by even vast amounts of rainfall.
Jan. 20th, 2016 07:23 pm (UTC)
I don't actually know, for the marina itself, at this stage.

However, the bike path along the marina suffers from flood areas during heavy rainfall. I don't like riding through puddles where I can't see to the bottom, especially along that part of the bike path because the pavement is less than perfect and there's a lot of dirt and mud.

It has been interesting to observe the timecourse and nature of water movement out here, with the hills and different soil and terrain as compared to Nebraska. During the heavy rainfall itself, there were a couple of ditches along the edges of roadways with fast-moving water, but I didn't see any spots where the water looked especially deep or treacherous. There are a couple of semi-buried urban stream systems that seemed FULL of rushing water, and there's a stormwater retention basin near the El Cerrito BART station that was also clearly FULL (and doing its job!). It's also clear that the terrain is pretty good at slowing stormwater release, which is interesting because Nebraska wasn't so good at that. The heavy rainfall ended before 9 am, but there was still water flowing/seeping in places when I left work at the end of the day.
Jan. 21st, 2016 04:02 am (UTC)
I have been the wet recipient of a lesson in not riding if you can't see the bottom, even if you know very well where the bike path is supposed to be/was before the flood.

I feel like the bay area has a ton of experience with -- and hydrologists who actively manage -- giant rainfall. It's so rare in Nebraska that it's hard to justify. Of course, that means when it does happen it's catastrophic, as happened here in 2013: half the state paralyzed because of a week of rain and no planning beforehand. (And the places that did plan fared pretty well in comparison to the ones who made no effort at all: it may actually have taught some lessons.)
Jan. 21st, 2016 08:03 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah, I seem to remember you blogging about one such experience!

I don't know enough about this region to really judge experience with and planning for high-volume rainfall.

I had personally never experienced particularly high-volume rainfall until college in Boston, where all of a sudden I learned quite a bit on an occasion where we wound up dealing with the remnants of an Atlantic coast hurricane. While it rains frequently in Seattle in the winter, usually the total amount of water that falls isn't particularly great, so I kind of figured that would be similar for the Bay Area. My experience in Texas suggested that I should expect heavier rainfall and higher accumulation in the Midwest.
Jan. 22nd, 2016 02:49 am (UTC)
I've been caught in brief, intense storms in south dakota, but the kind of two inches of rain an hour for ten hours straight stuff that destroys everything seems like it's extremely rare there because it's just too far inland. That's hurricane stuff, or gulf-air-meets-arctic, but even that seems to usually be south of Nebraska.
Jan. 21st, 2016 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm curious to know which places in CO planned well, and which didn't???
Jan. 22nd, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
Boulder did pretty well, as did Longmont: a ton of work on keeping waterways wide, clear, and keeping people from building in them. That only mostly worked in Longmont. It turns out a bunch of living space is a waterway when the water gets high enough. Lyons did nothing whatsoever to plan for a potential flood. They had houses floating down the river.
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