A high pressure system over the Rock Mountains created high winds over a big chunk of the U.S. West yesterday afternoon and last night.
The blue areas are where the U.S. National Weather Service issued high wind warnings through most of California, Nevada, and a big piece of Utah, which saw the worst of it with gusts to 100 MPH toppling trees, power lines, and tractor trailers.
In my town, a roof-mounted bike rack (with bikes) was torn from somebody’s car, though police couldn’t locate the bikes and rack last night. Maybe the whole pile blew like a huge metal, plastic and carbon fiber tumbleweed down the highway all the way into the Pacific Ocean.
Many cyclists (including myself) in my part of California planned our rides to take advantage of strong tailwinds last night. Winds were still strong this morning, which for me meant a 20 MPH headwind going to the office so I hopped on the light rail train instead.
How about you? How was your riding in the wind? How many broken branches, power lines and downed trees did you avoid?