If this weather statement holds for the weekend, I should get a good opportunity to check my planned rain gear and weatherproofing for the scooter:
BY FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY… THE UPPER LEVEL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEEPEN ACROSS CALIFORNIA… BRINGING WIDESPREAD RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW TO THE REGION. MOST OF THE PRECIPITATION WILL FALL IN A 4 TO 6 HOUR PERIOD IN ADVANCE OF THE COLD FRONT… IMPACTING SAN LUIS OBISPO AND SANTA BARBARA COUNTIES LATE FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING… SPREADING INTO VENTURA AND LOS ANGELES COUNTIES FROM MID MORNING SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY AFTERNOON. BEHIND THE FRONT… SHOWERS WILL LIKELY AFFECT THE REGION SATURDAY NIGHT INTO SUNDAY. BRIEF HEAVY RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THE COLD FRONT AND WITH POST-FRONTAL SHOWERS.
RAINFALL ESTIMATES WITH THIS STORM ARE EXPECTED TO GENERALLY RANGE BETWEEN 0.75 AND 1.50 INCHES… WITH AMOUNTS BETWEEN 1.50 AND 3.00 INCHES LIKELY IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS. ALSO… THERE WILL BE THE POSSIBILITY OF THUNDERSTORMS FOR ALL AREAS SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT. THE THUNDERSTORMS COULD PRODUCE BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AS WELL AS SMALL HAIL.
I’m not all that keen on riding in cold rain, but even though the Master’s golf tournament will be over and the azaleas in bloom, as we get further west at higher elevations this is just the type of weather that we might encounter on the Cannonball. I’m planning on a loop that will simulate one of the daily legs with three checkpoints, and a self-planned refueling stop. A relatively short proving run with “rescue” assistance close at hand is a better way of checking the success or lack thereof of the wet weather preparations and equipment operation than finding out something isn’t working with several more hours to ride. As far as the thunderstorms go, hail protection equals helmet, but what about the lightning? I wonder if old Vespas attract lightning?