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SoCal can get cold!

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Today and tomorrow I make my longer commute, 72 miles each way. No big deal, I enjoy the ride, since it takes me along the pacific coast and through some of my favorite canyons. Only drawback lately is leaving long before sunrise.

So I pile on all my usual gear, roll the gixxer out and head for the Chevron on the corner. Holy crap it's cold out! While getting gas I check the temperature, 33 degrees! What's up with that, this is supposed to be sunny and warm SoCal! OK, all gassed up, but now I switch to my winter gloves just in case it gets cooler along the way, good move.

I head through Moorpark and off to Balcomb Canyon that takes me on into Santa Paula. It's a deep twisty canyon that the sun only reaches down into a few hours a day. Normally no big deal, a nice ride. Well, before dawn and a couple miles into the canyon, my fingers are going numb? What the hell? Well a quick check of my little thermometer and , oh crap, it's 17 degrees in the bottom of this canyon! The wind chill is freezing my fingers! By the time I exited the canyon I was palming the controls. I had no feeling left in my fingers!

The coast was warmer and my fingers finally began to thaw! I think the Canadians are exporting to much of their cold air down here , just because we don't winterize our bikes . I'll bet that Louis is behind this!

I sure hope tomorrow is a warmer ride! I hate to think I need an electric vest and electric gloves in LA!
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Uhhhh.....Hate to break it to you but global warming is making the US colder every year earlier in the season. I'm sure most of you knew this but that really sucks doesn't it?

Sounds like a cold ride but be happy you're not in good 'ol NY. Bike has been put away since october :thumbsdo:

P.S. That is pretty creepy that SoCal is that friggin cold. That's just not right.
Normally thermohaline circulation carries warm air from the tropics up to the north. As the water heads up to cooler latitudes, it releases heat. As the water cools, it sinks toward the ocean floor and begins its return trip southward.

An increase in ocean temperatures and the increased presence of less-dense freshwater in the North Atlantic (from runoff and icecap melting) could slow or stop this circulation. This, in turn, would cause Europe and North America to cool, since the previous supply of warm ocean water would be shut off. However, thanks to continued global warming, the atmosphere would be heating up at the same time the water was cooling, which would offset some of the effects.
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