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Re: High winds

Post by greenonion » Sun Jan 17, 2021 9:41 am

Tornadoman wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:25 pm
SkaredShtles wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:14 pm
Apparently they stopped some TRAINS in WY due to the high winds. :shock: :shock:
Each train type has 'wind ratings' which engineers come up with based on weight/load/car type, etc. Empty double stacked train cars are rated for a much lower wind speed than heavy single stack cars. Coal cars are among the most difficult to be blown over. Ratings to slow down/stop a train might vary from 50ish mph wind gusts to well over 90 mph depending on the above. Union Pacific track between Laramie and Cheyenne Wyoming is notorious for high winds and that area often has to stop trains. I used to work in the weather business and would talk to the conductors who were held up due to high winds, I don't think the conductors from Southeast Wyoming liked me very much as I gave them a lot of bad news. :lol:

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That state name has been changed to "Windoming."
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Re: High winds

Post by CaptCO » Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:32 pm

I was almost hucked off Elbert today.. Crazy sort of jet stream winds I haven’t experienced before. Had to turn around at 13k after nearly being blown off the switchbacks :-"
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Re: High winds

Post by Cygnus X1 » Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:38 pm

CaptCO wrote:
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:32 pm
I was almost hucked off Elbert today.. Crazy sort of jet stream winds I haven’t experienced before. Had to turn around at 13k after nearly being blown off the switchbacks :-"
A group of us had planned to go up yesterday and camp at treeline, then summit today and pack back out. On Friday we made the call to postpone due to the forecasted winds. Sounds like we made the right call.
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Re: High winds

Post by ltlFish99 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:38 pm

Chicago Transplant wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:51 am
CaptCO wrote:
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Fox 31 is entertaining. Does this ever effect resort skiing?
Yes, they will shut lifts down if the winds are too high and dangerous. Especially areas where the lift is more exposed to the wind, i.e. Vail Back Bowls or lifts that run about treeline like some of the lifts at Loveland, Copper, Breck, etc.

Also if the wind loading pushes their avalanche danger too high they close terrain to mitigate.
We were at cooper one day when they had some fun terrain up high closed because of avalanche danger. "Hidden chute" at a-basin is often closed because of avalanche danger.
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