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The hottest summer I can recall here.
Maximum values weren't the highest ever (and what I remember), but the temperatures above 30°C started already at the very beginning of June, holding at that level for 10 days, then couple of fresher days, then returning to 30+.
July was exceptionally hot. 15 days in a row with average highs of 35°C (the night temperatures were ranging from low to high 20's) . Only a couple of days at the beginning and at the end of the month with average highs below 30, and the rest with average highs in the low 30's.
During the August we had a longer refreshment of, about, a week, with average highs around mid 20's. Before and after it average highs were stable at low 30's.
And the summer has kept the best for the end... 38°C today (with yesterday's 37 makes it hellish early September).

But July's heat is the worst. Nights are short, so there's no time for cooling down, and the unpleasantness begins before 9 in the morning.
September is very different with longer nights.

jmdirt said:
It has been a warm, dry summer, but today the bottom dropped out. Its 42 and cloudy now with a high of only 60, and rain expected today. Its supposed to be back near 90 by late next week though.
Similar conditions in my area right now - nights are much cooler (upper 40s), and mid-70s during the day. But by the end of the week it's supposed to go up into the 90s again. Blech.

Summer slowly coming to an end also means yellow jacket season is just beginning here - found out the "White Lightning" drive-train cleaner/degreaser is an excellent product for drive-trains and chains, but it also is an excellent yellow jacket attractant. (I was cleaning one of my bikes in the backyard, within half an hour the yellow jackets were all over it. Eeeeeek! )

Time to whip out the yellow jacket traps and that stinky liquid that attracts them. (Besides "White Lightning", I mean.)
Mar 16, 2009
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Tricycle Rider said:
Nice crop, krebby! Whatcha gonna do with all that?

Most of my tomatoes are still green, and being summer is quickly coming to a close here (temp dropped suddenly from the 90s into the 70s) they will probably stay that way.

Am not fond of fried green tomatoes, so I will put them into a cardboard box, expose them to as much indoor light as possible, and see if they'll ripen on their own over the winter . (Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. Haven't quite perfected this technique yet.)
I skinned and seeded them made some pasta sauce. The cherry tomatoes went to my neighbors kids. I picked 3 cups of blackberries a coiple of days ago and made some refrigerator jelly.
Beautiful autumn weather here right now - a bit chilly in the mornings (upper 40s F), and still sunny and in the 70s during the day.

Wish I could ride and take pictures of all the colors the trees are turning, but being I'm on prednisone due to an allergic reaction I don't feel safe on the bike right now.
i'm about ready to put a loaded gun in my mouth and pull the trigger!!

it's been raining non-stop for 1 full week here and it's driving me fckn crazy
haven't been on my bike for 7 days and i have cabin fever something chronic!

was all excited last night when i checked the weather for this morning as it was forecast to be clear
woke up, had breakfast, set up my bike and it's started fckn p!ssing down again and not looking like stopping.....think Ii'm just going to set off in it and get wet & dirty

excuse the foul language, but i'm filthy about the weather right now
just kidding about the gun......don't have one, wouldn't know where to get one and wouldn't know what to do with it once i had it :)

don't even think about mentioning an indoor trainer....bought 3 in the past, sold 3 - i hate those things

have a nice day

Dazed and Confused said:
Only a softie doesn't ride a bike when its raining...

Just get some proper clothes.
just to clarify: - mtb trails, not road.

thanks for the suggestion, but i have "proper" riding kit.....i don't go riding in my "clothes"

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i can swim

but I'd rather be riding

whats really ripping me right now is that i have a race coming up at the end of Nov - 85kms mtb
i'm not racing it per se, but i have put in a few months of solid training - a week off the bike has put a solid dent in my prep

life could be much worse though
i'll survive

ebandit said:
...............OMG! here in england i have not seen any rain for a whopping 8 days!!!!!

early frost overnight 2C walking the dog in the morning then 21C sitting out supping

beers PM

Mark L
I haven't seen the sun since Tuesday! We are getting the side effects of hurricane Joaquin right now. It's been slightly chilly and raining for days now and it's suppose to continue. Not my personal favorite weather. :)
Perfect riding weather today - overcast, about 70F, very little wind.

Took my fastest bike (the "Not a Bianchi) out for a spin for the first time in a long time, wanted to try out my new tires. I'm used to pretty substantial treads, the new tires are fairly bald. I was going so fast I saw my life flashing before my eyes, which was kinda pleasant (in its own terrifying way).

yesterday cycling to be with my best friend for the day........took 20 min there with zero

effort........full 30 min back arriving in a sweaty puddle........but strong winds brought amazing

summer like temperatures of 19C.........winter is hereby cancelled in the UK....

Mark L
Overcast, about 55F, very windy... just took the early 80s Motobécane out for a spin for the first time since I started working on it. (Took my dad along as my wing-man, just in case something went terribly wrong with my bike.)

Am happy to report nothing went wrong, still need to work on the rear brakes on the 'ole Motobécane, though.