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Anyone want to commiserate? WIND!!!

UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,441 Mega Baller
Is it just me and just the Midwest, or has this Spring seemed to be exceptionally windy? We're pushing Memorial Day and I've been out exactly twice. By this time last year I'd practically gone through a set of glove liners... :'(


  • ShererSkierShererSkier Posts: 139 Baller
    Yep here too, upper Wisconsin and only been out twice. Water is still pretty chili, we could use some warm sunny days. Preferably no wind either!
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 962 Mega Baller
    Florida has been crazy windy this spring so far often 13-16mph with gusts in the 20s. Current conditions are only 4mph.....heading out now.
  • MISkierMISkier Posts: 2,819 Mega Baller
    Michigan here. Yep, it's windy. A bit too much rain as well. I really don't like the look of the Jet Stream, either. It seems to be setting up for a cold summer pattern. But, we really need to get rid of the wind.
    The worst slalom equipment I own is between my ears.
  • skihackerskihacker Posts: 360 Solid Baller
    If I were only dealing with wind I would jump for joy. Pond level is set by level of Lake Ontario. It's nearly 3 feet above average, I had my boat in for around a month, skied 3 sets then had to pull the boat and docks. Should start going down in a couple more weeks but likely will be august before we can ski again. Didn't mean to go off topic, yeah been really wet and windy spring.
  • ISP6ballISP6ball Posts: 184 Baller
    Windiest spring I can remember.
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 906 Crazy Baller
    Its been a cold windy spring here in Wenatchee wa, we are all getting pretty good and skiing is rough conditions

    it just started getting nice.82 air today!! pond is 62

  • LoopSkiLoopSki Posts: 684 Mega Baller
    Wind finally calmed down in Northern Califoria. Very wet winter and spring. Public lakes have bad wood problem . This is Lake Shasta . Second pic is a ski resort still open.

  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,519 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Wind would be fine, been raining here for a week with temps in the 40's most of the day
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • BoozeBooze Posts: 413 Crazy Baller
    Average, I believe, for central Alabama. I feel your pain though. I lived up north for 10 years. Louisville KY. YES!, that is 'up north'.
  • dhofertdhofert Posts: 216 Baller
    Wind is terrible here in Michigan too. Lucky for me I am sitting at the Dr waiting to see how long this shoulder injury will keep me out. However fishing really sucks with the wind too.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,673 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Leave your skirt on the dock and go ski.

    Wind 13-16 with gusts to 20? Oh the horror!
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    one thing that is worse than skiing in the wind is not skiing
    slalom addiction triggering irrational behavior
  • PurdueSkierPurdueSkier Posts: 182 Baller
    @Bruce_Butterfield it all depends on the site. I have skied some places where 20 mph wind barely made the water choppy. Our local public course is basically non skiable with whitecaps at 10mph.

    All the rain has raised our reservoir 25' if it's not raining it's windy.
    Pat M
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,441 Mega Baller
    @Bruce_Butterfield 20 MPH sustained wind with sporadic sideways rain on public water doesn't really work. Maybe on a man-made lake with appropriate foliage, but we don't all have that.
  • B_SB_S Posts: 247 Crazy Baller
    Terrible wind and rain here in MI. I'm in a cove in our lake, and we've literally had surf with multiple high wind events this spring! Lost multiple trees in the neighborhood as well No way I'm taking my 200 OB out in those conditions, much less ski. Guess I'm a pansie!
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,594 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    In SE Minn its been the rain and cold. Plenty of glass to shred but it sucks doing it in a dry suit.
    Shut up and ski
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,232 Mega Baller
    High water, high wind, and low temps, not been good so far in NW Ohia.
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 962 Mega Baller
    @Bruce_Butterfield We still skiing, can always find a shoreline that is pretty well protected or depending on which direction we'll go to one location or another.....doesn't always line up where a course is though, but I'll take the exercise. It certainly is more fun when there isnt' as much chop, and its been worse this year than I remember in a while. The forecast is pretty funny too. It'll show a fairly moderate wind speed, but pretty high gusts, then you get out there and is seems the gusts are pretty constant, and those lower wind speeds never really happen. Along with the wind, its been dry around here so lake levels are down.....that limits options too.
  • mopowpowmopowpow Posts: 318 Baller
    Nothing but rain, cold, and wind in Iowa. Boat is still in the garage, hopefully this weekend..... I can only think of 1-2 days that would have been skiable.
  • crashmancrashman Posts: 722 Crazy Baller
    @PurdueSkier I didn't realize how high the water is at your res. Hit me up if you or anyone in your crew wants to come ski at my place.
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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,612 Mega Baller
    Not a ton of wind here in MA. But it sure has been cold. Except last week when I had various scheduling conflicts!
    Anyhow, we got our course in, so I'm sure we'll soon forget about this kinda-lame spring!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Keith Menard
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,720 Mega Baller
    Windy spring here in Florida, but always gray conditions at LaPoint Ski Park.

    @Bruce_Butterfield Great reference! The travails of trying to get up the river! Perfect for the discussion.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • adkh2oskieradkh2oskier Posts: 160 Baller
    Hasn't snowed here in almost 2 weeks so I got the boat in Sunday, too windy to ski open water. Only a few days in the last few weeks that I would have taken a ride anyway, lots of wind and cold. Maybe today I'll get my first ski in but the wind was kicking first thing this am, may calm down before dark, water temp maybe up to 59 so comfortable for this time of year. Water level still about a foot above summer, course might get in by Fathers Day or by July 4th, about average. 10 day forecast even has us getting up to 70 for a day or 2, short summer as usual.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,028 Mega Baller
    Without a doubt the worst midwest spring in memory for skiing. Just tried to go this morning and it was miserable.
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 726 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Wind has been bad but our lake is mostly OK with that. However, the damn rain just seems never ending and the temps haven't been all that great either. Looks like it MIGHT be improving in the coming week but my hopes aren't the highest!
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  • slvrbulitslvrbulit Posts: 195 Baller
    Only windy on the days that I can ski. I did however get out for the first time last Sunday.
  • shyskiershyskier Posts: 40 Baller
    Lake was half glass Sat. A.M. but air temp was 35f after getting 20" of snow Thurs. Went snowmobiling instead, found snowpack 7' deep around 10,000'. Looks like chance of snow this Thurs. high temp low 50's Sat. might make it to 60 by Mon. Hope for no wind.
  • SethroSethro Posts: 286 Solid Baller
    Same here in NW Illinois, though I've been out approaching 20 times so far since the end of February. But the boat is in the water ready to go in about 2 minutes, so I've been taking advantage of every last bit of smooth water we've had. Last Saturday about 6pm the rain stopped and the wind went away, so I took full advantage of that as the wind had kept me off the water for nearly a week.
  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 544 Crazy Baller
    We had the best spring snow conditions in Tahoe that I can remember. Amazing winter-like powder on many days, excellent corn snow on other days. I had such a great snow skiing spring I got a later-than-usual start with getting the boat out. I'm ready for summer now, but really want the debris to clear out soon.
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