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Years Riding: 3
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12/2/2009 1:46:22 PM It's official, 2010 season is now an El Nino Year. Saw this great article on tahoeloco.com.. wanted to share it. El Nino Watch: how past El Ninos have affected our weather December 1, 2009 by Tahoe Loco   Filed under Daily news Leave a Comment As we ended November, the El Nino condition in the Pacific Ocean officially went into the books as an El Nino event, with five consecutive overlapping three-month periods in which sea surface temperatures have been at least .5 degrees Celsius above normal. And while the full data for November are not yet available, we ended the month with temperatures at 1.7 degrees Celsius above normal in the central subtropics, which, if it held for three months, would qualify as a “strong” El Nino event. So the ocean is a little warmer than it normally is. What’s that supposed to mean for our weather? In a strong El Nino, the warmer ocean temperatures will generate more than the usual amount of moisture over the Central Pacific, and that moisture will get pushed by the prevailing winds into the weather pattern that brings storms into California. Because the moisture is coming at us from the south and west, however, Southern California is usually assured of the heaviest rain, while Tahoe can get some of that precip but not all of it. The Pacific Northwest, meanwhile, is usually on the dry side. If the big storms heading south are big enough, we can get a massive dump of snow, or a big rain storm with high-elevation snow levels. If the storm veers too far south, though, we can be left with little to show for it, looking more like our friends in Washington and Oregon. Generally, though, in strong El Nino years, Tahoe is more likely to get heavier precipitation than normal. There have been 18 El Nino events since 1950. Eight of these have been weak, four have been moderate, and six have been strong, based on the level of heating of the ocean in the Central Pacific. According to data gathered by Jan Null of the Golden Gate Weather Service, in the six strong El Nino years, precipitation in San Francisco has averaged 148 percent of normal, and in Sacramento it has been 135 percent of normal. The wettest of these was 1982-83, when Sacramento had nearly double its typical rainfall. That year was also the second strongest El Nino on record, with temperatures averaging about 2.3 degrees above normal for the peak three-month period of the event. In the strongest El Nino on record, in 97-98, Sacramento rainfall was 179 percent of normal. Those were also two of the highest snowfall years of the past three decades on Donner Summit. So while there are never any guarantees in the weather business, it is a pretty good bet that we will be seeing a wetter than normal winter, and a snowier than average winter as well. The latest computer forecast models are showing that a change is occurring in the Central Pacific, with that moisture plume we have been waiting for starting to form and position itself to send precipitation our way. Stay tuned for updates on this development and other El Nino-related events.
11/27/2009 10:38:16 AM Sooo i smoked my first turkey yesterday for thanksgiving, and it came out great! I've smoked chickens and ribs before, but this was my first shot at turkey. I usually photo-document my recipes for cooking, so now im gonna share this one with you! PS - Feel free to post your thanksgiving recipes, or pictures of what you ate for thanksgiving in here too! First up.. brining the bird! I used 1 gallon of water, 1 gallon of vegetable broth, 1/3 cup of kosher salt, 1 lb of honey, peppercorns, garlic powder, paprika, fresh onions, and some other dry spices. Most brines cause for more salt, but i have fears about salty birds, so i cut down on the salt.  Brine this for 8-12 hours during the day, take it out of the brine, wash it completely off, and leave it overnight in the fridge! This lets the meat cure a bit, and the flavor settle. Take it out in the morning, season this baby up. I use a dry rub of white pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, sweet basil, fresh peppercorns, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cayenne pepper, and rosemary. Use the dry rub on the inside, add a bit of olive oil and make it into a wetrub for the outside. make sure to get it under the skin. wrap it in saran wrap, and leave it in the fridge for up to a day! In the grill, use a pan in the center of the grill at arrange the charcoal in a circle around it. In the pan, i use a combination of water, basil, and a dessert wine, usually a moscato. The pan will catch the drippings from the bird, and as the water/wine evaporate, they add a great flavor to the smoke and bird. Put the bird on the grill, add some wood chips on the charcoal, ( i prefer apple or oak), and leave the bird alone. You want the grill at a temp of around 230-250. Takes about 30 min a pound to smoke. Here it is after an hour. Every now and then you'll need to check the temperature and add some wood chips for smoke, i usually go every 90 minutes. When the internal temp reaches 165 at the breast, and 185 at the leg.. voila! Your bird is done!!
11/23/2009 5:20:31 PM Were they giving away free furry kitty with a purchase of these? They're everwhere!! Maybe im late to the party but when did these sunglasses become the official must have item of snowboarders? I'm already sick of seeing em..
11/16/2009 6:18:06 PM For those of you who don't know, shakazulu12 is a longtime member of this forum. He's currently on his 9,999 post, and usually when a member gets to 10,000 they usually make a thread gushing love and thank you's for Sierra. That however, will not happen. As shaka will now notice, his post count is currently at 10,001, thanks to me and some slick computer skills. See you @ 20,000 buddy!!! and the hater of the year award goes to........... me!!!!!!!!! hate hate hate hate hate hate hate!!
11/5/2009 9:31:55 AM Ladies -    Me and another fellow on Sierra, who is not to be named, (but wears pink shirts, shaves his chest, buys expensive designer jeans, owns a cat, and wears flourescent onesies ) got into a discussion about an action i deem as unmanly. But to protect this mans identity from future embarassment and ridicule, we will just simply call him 'zhakasulu12'. The question is regarding men who shave their chest completely bald, which this 'zhakasulu12' man does. Ladies, is this something you deem attractive for a man? Does this turn you on or off? Please discuss.
11/4/2009 12:26:59 PM If you guys are still debating on whether to have this at breck or steamboat.. i may have just solved this debate. Colorado ski town legalizes pot (AP) – 15 hours ago DENVER — The Colorado ski town of Breckenridge has voted overwhelmingly to legalize marijuana.Early returns Tuesday night showed the proposal winning with 72 percent of the vote. The measure would allow adults over 21 to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana.The measure is largely symbolic because pot possession remains a state crime for people without medical clearance. But supporters said they wanted to send a message to local law enforcement to stop busting small-time pot smokers.The vote comes as communities nationwide are struggling with how to enforce pot laws at a time when medical marijuana has surged in popularity.
10/27/2009 2:06:14 PM For those of you who were late to chat this morning, we had a bit of a debate regarding Burton's shape of a directional twin. I believe i was very clear in my description of defining only the brand of Burtons boards as being directional twins, in particular, the 2009 Burton Custom ICS. Now, some people believe that a directional twin snowboard means a twin shape with a directional flex, and that any board that is not a true twin, must therefore be directional. This point is fine with me, because as i stated, i wasn't defining the absolute definition of what a directional twin snowboard is, only as its regarded to Burton's own definitions. Anybody who was there in chat saw me repeatedly say that the 2009 Burton Custom ICS is a directional twin. That the shape is directional, and the flex is a twin flex. That Burton themselves define the 2009 Custom ICS as a directional twin. Some disagreed. Sooo, I decided to call up Burton directly, and whaddya know, they said i was right. Naturally, i realized that many would claim the 'pics or GTFO rule', and rightfully so. So i emailed Burton directly, and here is the response from Burton's Corporate office in VT.For the record, Burton isn't the only company that defines their 'directional twin' as such. Head does as well, and heres a picture of how they do it.So basically, if you have a problem with how Burton defines their directional twin, take it up with them. Start a class-action lawsuit against them if you think they're false advertising. But as defined By Burton Snowboards, the 2009 Burton Custom ICS is a directional twin. I assume most of you know the routine, so i will be accepting your apologies via the normal jesse jackson route. giftedhands672009-10-27 14:20:23
10/19/2009 10:51:31 PM Nuff said.
10/14/2009 8:13:21 AM All Day I Dream About Snow.Seriously though, ive been literally dreaming of snow too much lately, like at least 5 nights a week. Last night i seriously dreamed it was snowing in San Jose, and hiked to the top of a local hill to ride. Anybody else waking up and checking webcams from their iphone?
10/12/2009 8:29:53 AM Trailer for J. Jones's new film looks absolutely amazing. This guy is other worldly in his pursuit. http://www.tetongravity.com/videos/Jeremy-Jones-Deeper-Trailer-A-Snowboard-Film-807352.htm
9/13/2009 12:53:37 PM Hey Sierra - I guess this is more of a post to Staff, but i was wondering/hoping if you guys are going to be involved in SkiDazzle Bay Area 2009 this year? For any members who dont know, its just a big snow/winter expo where a gang of vendors, companies, and exhibitors come out sell stuff, and get some advertising out. www.skidazzle.com Tickets are like 12 bucks, and they give you a free day pass to some of the resorts up in tahoe. Its a lotta fun, they have a climbing wall, rail jam, a lot of vendors are there, and it always reminds me that winter is coming :) Anyhow, i thought it would be a good idea, its usually about 15-20k people who come through to the show. I went last year and most everybody i went with bought something. A lot of it is last years gear discounted, but i dont remember any boards being marked down to 50%, and certainly not any clothing marked down to 70% off, so it could be a great way to clear the warehouse + advertise the shop directly. Maybe do a snowboard giveaway down there or something. Granted, i have no idea what it costs to get a booth or anything like that.. but it just crossed my mind.. thought i'd see what you guys think.
8/31/2009 2:30:26 PM 4 billion dollars will get you a lot nowadays. Disney (of which, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is the largest shareholder and owner of Pixar as well).. is doing some shopping. Very interesting move as the big get bigger and the rich get richer. I think this could make for some amazing Pixar created Marvel comics on Saturday morning though. I'm looking forward to seeing how this works. http://money.cnn.com/2009/08/31/news/companies/disney_marvel/index.htm?postversion=2009083115 Lets discuss.
8/31/2009 12:07:55 PM So im going to vegas for the first time this labor day wknd, looking for some good advice on where to go and what to do! Pretty much the only gambling I do is poker, but im actually interested in what to do during the day and night. My friends have gone before, and im sure theres plenty to check out so let me know which strange place you woke up in when you were there!
8/16/2009 12:23:40 PM Case anybody cares, or hasn't seen em, here are the results. Top Ten Men's Boards Under $400 Artec Gabe Taylor $349 Burton Blunt $370 Capita Horroscope FK $349 Forum Youngblood Chillydog $399 K2 Darkstar $399 K2 WWW Rocker $379 Nitro Swindle $379 Omatic Extra-eco BS $389 Rossignol Angus $399 Salomon Drift $369 Top Ten Men's Boards Over $400 Burton Custom V-Rocker $589 Burton Easy Livin' $550 Burton Joystick $530 Forum Destroyer Chillydog $450 Gnu Park Pickle BTX $489 K2 Parkstar $429 K2 Slayblade $549 Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX $489 Nitro Rook $469 Ride Machete $430 Top Ten Womens Boards Under $400 Burton The Social $350 Capita Space Metal Fantasy FK $349 DC BFT $359 Endeavor Boyfriend Series $375 Gnu B-Nice BTX $399 K2 Va Va Voom Rocker $379 Rome Detail $360 Roxy Ollie Pop BTX $399 Signal Vita $329 Technine Womens Jib $320 Top Ten Womens Boards Over $400 Arbor Cadence $495 Burton Lipstick $470 Gnu B-Pro BTX $539 K2 Eco Pop $499 Lib Tech Skate Banana BTX $489 Nitro T1 $409 Rome Lo-Fi $450 Roxy Eminence BTX $539 Soloman Gypsy $450 Technine One Love $400 Top Five Men's Pipe Boards Burton Vapor $1200 Forum Seeker $530 Gnu Danny Kass $499 Lib Tech TRS BTX $559 Saloman Official $550 PS - Hey sierra staff, it could be a good idea to slap one of those goodwood stickers on the item page for those boards? just a thought..
7/31/2009 3:19:29 PM Action- Reaction- Lets discuss.


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