Sunday, November 25, 2007

Moab Weather and More!!!

Ah the weather. Ask me if I thought that I have to be a weather forecaster when I started Red River Adventures and my answer would have been a resounding NO.

That however is not the case. I am constantly asked about the weather.

From the "what's it like in (month your visiting Moab here) to will it rain tomorrow. Weather it turns out is a large part of what I talk about. I've got to admit that my weather geekness goes quite deep and back in fact to my childhood. I grew up on the east coast and surfed. Weather systems are what makes waves in the east so early on when not in the water I could be found watching the Weather Chanel and listening to the NOAA radio for the latest updates. Now that I ski, climb and raft weather plays a huge roll in what and when I do what I do.

So besides looking out the window here are some of the places I look at to figure out what is going to happen.

The first and best place for Moab weather and your local forecast is the National Weather Service. Simply type in your zip code and you'll get to everything you need from the "at a glance" forecast to radar to my personal favorite, satellite imagery.

The 4k infrared loop gives you a great idea of what's coming and how strong what's coming is. I'll often look at this and local radar to get a handle on rain and snow.

After looking at what's coming at me I will always read the forecast discussion. The discussion is the raw version of the forecast and it offers a great look into what the folks at the NWS are actually thinking. It's the regional head forecasters best guess at what happens, when and why. A forecast of the forecast type of thing. Timing of storms is often discussed as well as the forecasters opinion on whether what the weather models are showing is accurate in their opinion.

Lastly, if something important is on the calendar starting a week and a half out I will check the 10 day forecast. Sometimes very accurate, sometimes not so much this should definitely be taken with a grain of salt.

Pray for snow!!!!!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


I now have a TV.

The biggest TV I've ever owned. Not big by American standards but certainly big by riverpeople standards, 37 inches of HD Liquid Crystal clarity.

I like it

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Utah rafting Guides storm Costa Rica!!!!

Billy dropping the 3rd falls on the Class V Poza Azul, Costa Rica.

I love/hate email. Today fell firmly in the love categorie. It was a bit like Christmas I got a TR from the boys of Red River and this photo. Good to see that everyone is stepping it up a bit. Billy's kayaking has certainly come a long way in a few short months.

Trips highlights so far included running the Class IV, Rio Torro and the Class III, Rio Balsa, working on speaking the language, hangin with the local riverpeople and rest days at the beach.

Knowing what I know about that crew the nights have been Class V as well.

After running rivers like these the local Moab rivers are going to be tame by comparison. Probably alright though, no need to worry about guests dropping 35'ers.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007


I currently have no TV.

It's not that I don't have cable or that I have a TV that is too small or one that I can only watch movies on. I don't have a working television. It may be the first time ever in my life that I don't have one at all.

I like it.