Another fine winter week here in Lake Tahoe. Actually, it’s technically not winter yet. The first day of winter is Dec. 21. The weather, however, is already in a very wintry mood.
This week we’re looking at a series of small storms that are predicted to roll over Tahoe throughout the week. According to my favorite forecasting site, Weather Underground, we should see a few inches today and tomorrow and possibly Friday and Saturday. Temperatures will remain in the 30s until next week when we should see some warming.
After last week’s “storm of the decade” failed to show, I think many people have a renewed skepticism of weather forecasters. If you’d prefer to just take a look outside, you can always check our webcam for conditions on the lake. This is definitely going to be a tough week to paddle. Of all the days, Thursday looks most promising, with low winds forecasted.
One of the upsides of big wind events, like last week’s, is that it kicks up the waves on the lake. I’m sure many of you saw the surfers out on the North Shore. The videos made national news and photos were in newspapers across the country. I went up and shot a few images at Sand Harbor where the bigger waves had 6- or 7-foot faces and the wind was blowing sand so hard it stung even through a few layers of clothing.
There is not much going on this week in the paddle world. The only races scheduled are in Mexico and New Zealand, both of which are likely enjoying fine warm weather. We are starting to get a few sneak peeks at next year’s gear, which is always exciting.
As I mentioned last week, the shop will be open fairly regularly for holiday shopping. Chris might even get out and do a morning report every so often. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-to-date news and information.
Jumping to this week’s video, we travel to Paris, France for highlights of the Nautic SUP Paris Crossing. If you’re into SUP tourism, this has to be on your list.
We hope you have a wonderful week out there. Please feel free to drop me a line at Tahoepaddling@gmail.com. If you’re curious about specific shop hours, you can always call (530-416-4829) beforehand.
Until next time,