I bike commute every day year round and as a result often end up biking in the rain. I need recommendations for a lightweight,
compact rain jacket-y thing that I can carry with me every day in my bag. It needs to be comfortable for summer. If it's a women's jacket, it needs to fit an XL-XXL with broad shoulders; men's jackets are also okay provided that the fit is fairly tailored. Compactness is key - I carry a medium-sized messenger bag and my current rain jacket takes up most of the room when I bring it. Warmth isn't really a concern as this is for times when I can't wear a wool jacket and hat. Should not be designed to fit super tight, as it will need to go over a shirt and possibly a light cardigan. Cheap is better than expensive, but I would pay for a spendy one if it were perfect.
Help me find (not rain) boots for a rainy, not terribly cold climate. Bonus difficulty level: in South Africa! [more inside]
What is the best compact umbrella I can buy? [more inside]
I'm in Barcelona with a friend. We've spent two pleasant days wandering around and seeing the sights, and we'd be happy to keep doing that, but tomorrow the weather is forecast to be wet. No problem, we'll go to some museums! But tomorrow is Monday, and most of the museums are shut... What can we do instead? [more inside]
If you mutually agree to raincheck who should ask who to do something next time? [more inside]
My roommate bikes about 4 miles to work. His feet are size 13 and he uses platform (flat) pedals. He wears pretty chunky shoes. We live in Portland, OR. For HolidayGiftingTime I bought him some Sugoi Resistor booties, but within a month they have shredded and ripped to the point of uselessness. What are some other options for the large-footed, shreddy-pedaled biker? Are there any booties specifically for platform pedals? [more inside]
Can I scotch guard my coat? [more inside]
Fiction for a rainy weekend? [more inside]
I'm visiting LA for the first time. It's raining today and for the rest of the week. I have no car. What should I do and where should I go? [more inside]
With the first real rain of the season. it is now time for BUGS TO DROP OUT OF MY CEILING! What are they? (pix inside) [more inside]
Help me replace my Danskos with shoes that won't make me fall over. [more inside]
Richmond Hill/GTA Ontario filter: I'm looking for one of those companies that fixes leaky basements. [more inside]
When should you cancel an outdoor event because of rain? When the chance of rain is 50%? 75%? When there is a little lightning bolt in the picture? [more inside]
I am looking for a messenger bag or backpack that will be good for bus/bike commuting in the rain, i.e. will keep my lunch, reading material, and spare clothing dry whilst I am getting soaked. I would also prefer it to be durable and green.
Please recommend rain gear that will keep me dry and comfy walking around the city this winter. [more inside]
I need a day trip from Los Angeles this upcoming (rainy) weekend. [more inside]
It's going to snow in NYC this weekend. What does OWS need? [more inside]
Why do snowstorms last so long? We live in the Denver area and it snowed for 18 hours, from 9 PM last night to 3 PM this afternoon. My wife asked me why it never rains for that length of time. I muttered something about convection in the summer, then stopped when I realized I didn't know what I was talking about.
Several people I know here in Chicago, including myself, have witnessed very small isolated rain showers. They are usually no more than 6 feet in diameter, clearly not coming from a building, no clouds in the sky. One of saw this happen in a wide open intersection, one in an open quad area and one on a sidewalk. These showers tend to last anywhere from 40 seconds to 2 minutes and seem to be coming from absolutely nowhere. They are clearly unusual enough that people stop, stare, comment and try to locate it's source. Is this a naturally occurring phenomenon? Is there a name for it? Where is that rain coming from?
I ran across a travelogue a while back of two young women going on a long bicycle tour in the Eastern U.S. in the 1930s or 1940s. I think they started from Pennsylvania or another nearby state and originally intended to go west, but ended up going south. On the return trip, I think they took a boat up the Mississippi or another major river. Does this ring a bell? [more inside]
Where can I inexpensively go on vacation and reasonably expect it to rain much of the time? [more inside]
I'm throwing a small outdoor party tomorrow (25 people) and now there's rain in the forecast. It being graduation season, I don't want to spend all day calling party stores to find someone who can still rent me a tent. So, will a pop-up canopy like this protect people from the rain or is it a waste of money? [more inside]
yosemite in the rain: does it suck? [more inside]
Did rain cause my new window air conditioner to make a spattering noise or was it normal operation of the unit? [more inside]
Fender suggestions for a road bike [more inside]
How can I find discrete geographic areas around the world which meet certain meteorological conditions?
I need to identify certain areas of the world - figure zip cod/international analogue is discrete enough, although more granular is preferred - which meet a variety of meteorological conditions. [more inside]
Help me pick a nice waterproof, breathable shell for (long) day hikes and possible backpacking. [more inside]
Is rain ruining the appliances I'm supposed to Freecycle? [more inside]
Looking for information about rain gear for hunting and fishing. [more inside]
I always wear/use leather in rain but they always tell me it's wrong for the material. This is a bit naive but I'm wondering what high quality good looking materials work for coats and bags in rain? I don't mean plastic or nylon looking stuff (although if they're technically the best I'd like to know) but more stylish.. let's say upto $1k/coat
Recommendations for instrumental music that goes well with rain? [more inside]
It's raining in Philadelphia and in the living room. What should we do? [more inside]
I'm searching for an old BBC-style Sound Effects recording. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
Is city rainwater "dirtier" than country rainwater? [more inside]
I don't like being wet! Please give me your rain hacks! [more inside]
When I walk in the rain, why does the calf of my right pant leg get much wetter than that of my left? [more inside]
Help me winterize my bike [more inside]
Can you point me to shoes that won't cause me to slip, fall, and die? [more inside]
I'm looking for the best packable raincoat/jacket/poncho out there. [more inside]
I'm looking for information regarding the safety of using water from a rain barrel in a vegetable garden. Has anyone seen any studies that test water from a rain barrel to determine its quality? How would I go about getting water tested to make sure it's safe?
Help me find songs about water and weather! [more inside]
Goddamnit, why does my apartment smell like cat pee? Difficulty: I don't have a cat, and I live in a pets-verboten building. Preliminary research suggests it may be mold? [more inside]
Help me find something fun to do on a rainy day in Tokyo. [more inside]
When I'm at work or at home and I want to concentrate on coding I often plug my ears into the sound of rain and thunder (usually courtesy of http://www.rainymood.com/). I'd like to extend the experience of immersing myself in a rainy day even further - so I thought I'd ask the hive if it knows of any screen savers / other apps that package a realistic visual and audial experience of rain together. In my mind, I'm imagining a viewpoint across a park with heavy rain falling on trees, wind whipping through leaves, branches swaying, thunder and lightning in the distance -- but anything that brings the experience at looking out at a rainy day would be welcome. I'm open to suggestions about video files, streaming cameras, screen savers, anything else, as long as the rain is the major theme. Bonus points for lack of relaxation / pan pipe music in the background. What say you, Hive? Can you help?
How do I de-fog my windshield without air-conditioning on a cold, rainy day? [more inside]
Will rain do any damage to my pea coat? I'm going to Ireland next month and I expect I'll get caught in the rain a time or two. Will the rain do any harm to my pea coat that's labeled "80% wool, 15% polyester, 5% other"?
If I'm planning a trip to Southeast Asia in late September/early October, should I be concerned about the weather? [more inside]
What are some good-sounding, relatively cheap TV speakers? [more inside]
Where have you found good long streaming/mp3 sources for nature sounds, like rainfall or oceans or crickets? This question was asked and partially answered before (in 2005 and again in 2006) but here we are almost in 2010 so I figure there must be some new stuff out there. [more inside]