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    Surprise!

    We've all seen it: people set up tents, stick 3 or 4 stakes in the ground, and call it good. It doesn't look like rain...who needs a rainfly? I used to think of this as a rookie mistake, but recently, I've seen seasoned hangers do the same thing (you know who you are!), only to do the 4am scramble.

    Well, now it's my turn. I came in yesterday with 100# of corn in my truck. With no rain in the forecast, I decided to leave it 'till this morning. You know what happened next. With over 1" in the gauge, and counting, the NWS said, "Whoopsie! Our computer didn't model this."

    Takeaway: Tarps only work when they're hung and staked.
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    Corn mash.

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    I remember the weather man giving a zero chance of rain in the forecast. We got 2 1/2" in the afternoon. That night on the evening weather, he said it would be a long time before he would forecast a zero chance of rain again.
    I always deploy the tarp.
    Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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    I'm "kinda" guilty. If the weather looks good, I'll string up my tarp but leave it in the snake skins. That way I get to enjoy the night sky and cooling breezes. If the weather changes, I can stake out the tarp in less than a minute (I keep the stakes and a "hammer rock" close by).

    I've had to do the midnight deploy a couple of times and so far have successfully beat any downpour.

    That's the main reason I like snake skins!
    David

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    Tarps? We don't need no stinking tarps!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan View Post
    Tarps? We don't need no stinking tarps!

    ......................
    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Corn mash.
    Now that a couple of weeks have gone by, the next step is a slow fire and some copper tubing.

    This really was a DIY project all along, right OldGringo?

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    I'll admit I almost always put it up- keeps leaves and stuff from falling into/onto hammock (and me) also gives a sense of 'enclosure' which I find comforting..just my own quirks, I suppose.
    KM (who did go out a couple weeks ago with the tarp up, but both halves to one side, mostly to block a streetlight in the campground, but able to be flipped over if precip should appear..)

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    not in the Sonoran desert, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Bear View Post
    I remember the weather man giving a zero chance of rain in the forecast. We got 2 1/2" in the afternoon. That night on the evening weather, he said it would be a long time before he would forecast a zero chance of rain again.
    I always deploy the tarp.
    At least he admitted it. I am always amazed at the way a weatherman can predict clear skys one night and then remind us how he mentioned we would have the afternoon thunderstorm that roll through and ruined the picnic during the next night's broadcast. Its like they read 1984 as an instruction manual.

    Quote Originally Posted by KerMegan View Post
    not in the Sonoran desert, no.
    Nice observation....
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