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Sparta Forecast

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  1. blade819

    blade819 Active Member

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    Just got the 10 day extended forecast and it looks like the high 80's/low 90's.
    Fingers are crossed.

    blade819
  2. smsnyder

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    Don't forget it tends to have a high dew point in that area. That's what rises the heat index.
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    Hate to say it, but you need to factor in the humidity too.

    Next Friday, for example, the forecast high is 91F. The relative humidity is forecast to be 72%. That gives a heat index reading of 111F.

    So just be prepared. It's going to be warm.
  4. blade819

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    10 32oz bottles of Power Aid, 72 bottles of water, xtra refrigerator, Frog Toggs Cool Towel, Portable a/c for the Motorhome, 3 fans including a 12volt for the buggy, sweat bands, lots of bananas, ice pack for the shoulder.

    blade819
  5. Donm

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    You have to factor in the humidity anywhere in the eastern 2/3rd's of the United States. You must live in AZ. 91 in Sparta is usually no diffierent that 91 in central Wi or Mn or Mi. It is sometimes worse up here. I can deal with upper 80's or low 90's.
  6. flabigpapa

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    Blade819, Sounds like your Ready...Just One Question....What are You Doing For Day 2 ? L.O.L. Good Luck ...Stay Cool and Shoot Well. Bart
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    blade--You are well prepared. Have a safe trip and shoot well. I'm like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. Its gonna be hot but it ain't gonna spoil my fun.
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    I hear the bar area will be about 75F with 35F-40F fermented hops beverage. they have that foreign brand Budweiser on tap.

    BG
    Charlotte, NC
  9. Jacob Guthrie

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    Everyone acts like the weather changes year to year, it doesn't its gonna be hot! Just get prepared and be safe out there! I think it would be neat if everyone shared what they were doing to stay cool. That way new bees and regulars alike can maybe remember something they have forgotten in years past or find a new idea to stay cool!
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    I live in So Calif where we can get temps in the 90's and sometimes 100 or above but dont really have high humidity. I have never even heard of the "heat index" until I went to Sparta last year. It was only in the low 90's but the heat index with the high humidity was well over 100. It made me sick and by the 3rd day I was feeling ill. Thats really bad stuff. The guys from the east could handle it, but I have to say that it would take a lot of getting used to for someone not used to the humidity.
    Tom
  11. Hauxfan

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    High temperatures, low temperatures, high humidity, low humidity...........

    It really doesn't matter to those of us that are going.

    We are still going no matter what the climate is!

    Go and Enjoy!

    Hauxfan!
  12. BigBadBob

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    This place was built on re-claimed coal strip mines in the middle of cornfields in southern It will be hot. I live in St. Charles, MO. about 90 miles from Sparta and the temperatures have been running in the high 90's and even reaching the 100's for the last 2 weeks. Tuesday night my son and I where coming home from Gateway Gun Club after his squad practice ( getting ready for the AIM Nationals) and it was about 9:00 pm. The temperature on my truck thermometer was still reading 94 degrees. I am an assistant coach for the Gateway Gun Club Youth Shooters and we have our kids heavily hydrating with water and sport drinks up to a week before any shoot we attend. We also try to get them to leave the caffein and carbonated drinks alone. We set up shade shelters for the shooters and separate ones for the parents. These help alot.At the SCTP Nationals earlier this month, both days saw highs in the low 90's and a slight breeze.
    Good luck, stay hydrated, get in the shade as soon as you can, and we'll see you next week-end.
    BigBadBob
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    5 gallon tub of margaritas ready for mixing.
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    Humidity will be the issue. Folks from the SW have high temps but its usually a dry heat. You sweat, the moisture evaporates, its cools you off a little. Keeping hydrated keeps the system working. In high humidity however the sweat doesn't evaporate because the air is already saturated, it can't take on more moisture. The sweat just stays on you and pools. The excessive body heat is trapped on the (your) surface. Expect the air to feel like pea soup it will seem so thick!
  15. FlaLagarto

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    Being from SW Florida I like the heat.. FLUIDS.. LOTS OF FLUIDS!!

    My Suggestion -- Start drinking now, keep drinking till you get home after the shoot. Most people drink when they are thirsty, if you wait till then it's to late. Downing a 20 oz Gaterade after walking off the line and you just sweated out 3 qts won't help you much.

    Good luck to all attending.. travel safe and remember to enjoy, it's not just about the shooting.
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    After our record breaking day of 113 here with succesive days of 100 plus and heat indexs I was afraid to look at, what a welcomed relief Sparta will be. Bring it on :)
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    Just watched the local weather forecast, looks like Tuesday will be real bad with 100 temp alone(no shooting that day anyway). Wed was 95, Thursday and Friday was 92. Hopefully the temps will keep dropping as the shoot goes on. we can wish can't we?

    One thing besides keeping hydrated, is to acclimate yourself to the weather. Don't sit in the AC all day and then expect the air temps to feel good. Spend several hours a day acclimating yourself to the temps. Go for some short walks when you arrive. Maybe some light exercises outside by your camper while hydrating yourself. Also on the morning of days you shoot, go out into the weather hours before you shoot and allow your body to adjust. Make this adjustment slowly so it will be a slow adjustment. This will make it so its not such a shock to your system. Of course the most important part is to stay hydrated. Please be careful.
  18. dverna

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    It is what it is.

    Probably dumb to shoot 300/day during preliminary week unless you are in good shape and prepared. If it gets brutal, I will shoot doubles and one 4 field event. Time on the line about 2 1/2 hours and total time in the heat 3 1/2 hours with a break between to cool off and hydrate.

    I shot 250 rounds yesterday in SE MI in heat and humidity. Had to load the trap houses for an ATA shoot today too. I survived and I hate the heat.

    Packing today and leaving tomorrow.

    Good comment above. The Grand is more than just the shoot. Enjoy your friends - old and new. Shoot well and have a good time.

    Don Verna
  19. bodybuilder

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    Why don't they hold this event in April or evev May to cut back on the heat you have to take!!
  20. vonmueller

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    because holding it then would make sense.the ATA does not have alot of that
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