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Bob Chill

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  • Birthday July 15

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  • Four Letter Airport Code For Weather Obs (Such as KDCA)
    KGAI
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    Rockville, MD
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  1. Bob Chill

    Mid Atlantic Snow Totals Winter 2018-19

    11/15/2018: 2.2" 1/12-13/2019: 11.4" 1/16/2019: 1.7" 1/29/2019: 1.5" 2/1/2019: 1.5" 2/10/2019: .7" 2/20/2019: 5.1" 3/1/2019: 1.7" 3/8/2019: .7" 2018-19 Season Total 26.5"
  2. Bob Chill

    March 8th Light Snow

    I've only had light snow and it's sticking to everything except pavement.
  3. Bob Chill

    March 8th Light Snow

    I hope the myopic sun angle crew finally learns something today so they can stfu and stop looking dumb every year
  4. Bob Chill

    March 8th Light Snow

    It's almost squirrel kicking season so bunnies will be safe soon. Toad stomping season opens here shortly too.
  5. Bob Chill

    March 8th Light Snow

    Baby goose feathers falling in Rockville. Winter is still alive... kinda
  6. Bob Chill

    March 3-4, 2019 Snow Discussion and Obs

    I never expected much snow but I didn't really anticipate this much cold rain. What a miserable muddy mess. I'm in full on root like F for warm and dry mode.
  7. Bob Chill

    March 3-4, 2019 Snow Discussion and Obs

    Grass is trying to cave. Not expecting much. Too close to mix line and too warm to start but I expected that for days so not a bummer. If I get an honest inch I'll be satisfied. Watching snow fall never gets old though
  8. Bob Chill

    March Banter 2019

    What did you tow with? My ram has 10k max but payload is always the limiting factor with half tons. It's not mathematically possible to tow a 10k lb travel trailer with a half ton because of tongue weight. 7k gvwr is the heaviest I'll tow with my truck. Plenty of capacity margin. 25' box is my personal max for the wheelbase of my truck. I've towed with the tail wagging the dog before. Unnerving to put it lightly... lol We're planning a 6 week trip out west next summer. Northern route to Wyoming then south to the Grand Canyon and southern route back home. When we sell our house in 8 years or so my wife and I want to full time for a year in an RV then settle somewhere. Not sure where yet but it won't be anywhere near DC metro. I've grown to hate living here. Great schools and jobs but it kinda ends there.
  9. Bob Chill

    March Banter 2019

    Winnebago 2455bhs. Had to get a bunk model to accommodate kids. Once my teen kids are on their own we're going to trade up for a 5th wheel and diesel tow vehicle. The 2455 is the largest trailer I feel comfortable towing with my half ton Ram. We looked at a lot of trailers and bang for the buck/quality, nothing came close to Winnebago. Made the final decision much easier than I first thought.
  10. Bob Chill

    March Banter 2019

    I'm 100% with you. I put a deposit on a new travel trailer 2 weeks ago. Been planning this purchase for at least 5 years... I'm not taking delivery until winter releases its grip. Needless to say... it can't come soon enough. I'm ready to travel and relax wearing shorts and flip flops.
  11. Bob Chill

    March Banter 2019

    WORSHIP your cold rain because it's the only cold rain you will get today. I'm expecting cold rain and warm snow in my yard but our mud will be the same color in the end. Warm rain can't possibly come soon enough though. Time to embrace spring.
  12. Bob Chill

    Winter 2019-2020

    I predict winter 2019-20 will feature excessive complaining and unrealistic expectations no matter how much snow falls. Well... unless temps never go above freezing and deep snowpack lasts from thanksgiving to easter. If that happens there will only be modest complaining.
  13. Bob Chill

    March 3-4, 2019 Snow Discussion and Obs

    Flakes falling in rockville but the flames and vapor trails behind them have me concerned
  14. Bob Chill

    March Banter 2019

    Anyone here know a good concrete/stone contractor that won't rob me blind? I need to get a retaining wall replaced. It's 75-100' long and about 3' tall at its highest point and just 1' tall at its lowest (gentle slope). I'm only going to live in this house for 8 more years tops. Don't need high end natural stone. Interlocking block construction is prob the way to go. I also want to get my patio replaced with stamped concrete instead of the crappy flagstone there now. I always dread dealing with random contractors and estimates... I have friends in every field except masonry. I asked my circle and oddly nobody knew a good masonry contractor. Maybe a weather forum can help me out? Lol.
  15. Bob Chill

    March Banter 2019

    Spring skiing in CO can be amazing. It can still snow big in April but what makes the season special is "corn snow". The freeze thaw cycle creates a soft surface that me and my friends used to call hero snow. Great edge control but nice and soft so you can attack it. Aspen's base is pretty low so the lower mountain can get too soft in the afternoons. We called it mashed potatoes. Time of day and aspect is important. Spring corn is best right after the sun softens the corn. Start with south and east aspects early and move towards northerly aspects late. This is good advice because there's another type of snow in the spring we used to call broken glass. Cold nights and warm days create a crunchy sharp surface until the sun can do its thing. Broken glass conditions are still far better than eastern bulletproof ice. Just don't wreck with a tshirt on. Lol Northerly aspects at high elevation can still be mid winter conditions too so you can still find nice dry powder or packed powder above 11k feet in April. It's not uncommon to get a sig snowfall in april and ski true deep powder. Just find aspects that dont have broken glass underneath (usually southerly). Powder over broken glass is terrible. The short story is April will have variable conditions every day and even hourly throughout a day. Explore the mountain and find the right surface then ski the crap out of it. March and April were my favorite months when i lived there. Deepest base of the year and greatly reduced avalanche conditions in the backcountry and hero snow inbounds. Good god I loved the Rockies...
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