360VIDEO: Weathering a severe thunderstorm in a tent at COTA

360VIDEO: Weathering a severe thunderstorm in a tent at COTA

NOTE: This is a 360° video, so open this with a mobile device. You can pan and tilt around in the space by tilting your phone or dragging your finger around the screen. If you are using a computer, then you can click and drag to change the point of view. You also might need to manually select your video quality/resolution… I noticed that YouTube set my phone to 480s instead of 2160s (4K).

The weather at Circuit Of The Americas (Austin, TX) turned really nasty on Saturday morning before the races. We had 50+ mph winds and lots of rain and lightning. The thunderstorm dissipated, but the winds remained all day long. Many of the tent campers lost their tents due to wind damage, so they packed up and left the event early. There were also some injuries due to flying debris and collapsed event canopies inside the race track.

This was the same storm system that generated deadly tornadoes across the south-central US and continued through the eastern US: %80%9315,_2019

My tent fared OK, but I did get a few torn tie-outs on my rain fly, several tent stakes were bent beyond repair, and guy lines were shredded or lost. My tent poles were bending and inverting most of the day due to the heavy wind loads (35-50 mph all day long). I finally fell asleep with the tent collapsed down on my feet and legs… I was too tired to care anymore. The wind finally subsided after 10pm, and the next day was much nicer.

My home-brew parking stand for the Super Cub worked really well! The Cub was pointed into the wind to minimize the surface profile, and it worked out well in my case. There were lots of other bikes that fell over due to the winds or because of the soft, muddy ground.

Many of the car campers and moto-campers lost their tents in the storm or to the winds that continued afterwards. There were dozens (if not hundreds) of tents and tarps that were shredded by the storm, and many people decided to quit and go home on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, they probably missed out on the great weather and all of the excellent race action on Sunday.

All of the equipment used or mentioned in this video is listed below for reference:

REI Half Dome 2 Plus tent:
Klymit Double-V Insulated Sleeping Pad:
Klymit Luxe Pillow:
Kelty Noah’s Tarp 12 (2013 version):
GSI Outdoors Micro Table:
DrySpec D38 Rigid Drybag:
Dell Latitude E7450 14″ Ultrabook:
Stanley Camp 24oz Cook Set:
AcuRite 02020 Portable Lightning Detector:
TCX Explorer EVO Gore-Tex Boots:
Schuberth C3 Pro helmet:
GoPro Fusion 360 Camera:
GoPro Seeker Backpack:
GoPro Chesty:
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths:

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