When summer hits in full force here in Coeur d'Alene, locals and tourists alike flock to the water. For those of us with access to boats, the water became an even more inviting place with the opening of the Buoy floating food truck.
Here are the Coeur d'Alene Ironman Bike and Run maps, which show the routes of the two on-road portions of this year's race. While some streets along these routes do remain open to limited traffic, you can expect delays and traffic restrictions along these routes during the 2015 Ironman weekend. View these as a PDF by clicking the link below the images, or click the images to view larger.
Here is the Ironman Coeur d'Alene Traffic Impact guide, which lists all road closures and restrictions during the 2015 Ironman weekend. View as a PDF by clicking the link below this image, or click the image to view larger.
Has LoveCdA been running a little slow for you over the last few days? There's a reason for that! Over the past 72 hours we have seen tens of thousands of new page hits per day, hundreds of new users and dozens of new blog posts and comments.
Normally we'd be quite pleased at the sudden uptick in new interactions on the website, but in this case we find ourselves rather dismayed and grumpy over the whole situation. We have been subject to an invasion of spambots creating accounts and spamming the website with all kinds of blackhat SEO links for all kinds of scams, programs, vacation services and products, none of which we find of any value to our users, and are undoubtedly the result of hapless business owners being taken advantage of by "SEO optimizers" who use shady, spammy techniques to build links from reputable sites like LoveCdA.
In response to the attack we took a number of steps to mitigate the problem, starting with just deleting the spam posts and users who were abusing the system, while also adding a more robust CAPTCHA system. When keeping up with the overwhelming spam attack proved to be too much for our site admins, we added a delay before new users could post content or unmoderated comments to LoveCdA.com.
Soon, the attack became so severe that even those measures proved ineffective and we began banning any IP addresses used by the SEO spammers and any sites they linked to or came from. This extreme tactic helped the situation, but we were still seeing dozens of new spambots signing up for the website every minute.
The Coeur d'Alene area is expected to be treated to another blanket of snow today with accumulations of up to three inches. Snow is not unheard of in the area through April, or even a few light dustings as late as the opening days of June in the surrounding mountains. However, as the area warms up, spring snow doesn't stick around for long.
Most of the snow that falls today is expected to melt quickly in the face of rain later in the day and a high temperature above 40o.
Rain showers are anticipated through the next few days with temperatures remaining cool, and the weather improving to "mostly sunny" for Thursday and Friday before returning to more rain for the coming weekend.
The text of today's full winter weather advisory is below.
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING...
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... BRIEF ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO 1 INCH BELOW 2500 FEET AND 1 TO 3 INCHES ABOVE 2500 FEET.
* TIMING... SNOW WILL START TO ACCUMULATE AS TEMPERATURES DROP TONIGHT. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED EARLY MONDAY MORNING. ANY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ON ROADWAYS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO LINGER FOR VERY LONG... LIKELY ON THE ORDER OF MINUTES OR AN HOUR.
* IMPACTS... BRIEF AND SUDDEN WET SLUSHY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL RESULT IN HAZARDOUS TRAVEL. THE MOST INTENSE SNOW SHOWERS MAY SIGNIFICANTLY AND SUDDENLY LOWER VISIBILITIES ON ROADWAYS IN ADDITION TO SLICKENING THEM. MOTORISTS TRAVELING HIGHWAY 95 AND I- 90 SHOULD PREPARE FOR THIS BRIEF RETURN OF WINTER TRAVEL CONDITIONS.
* LOCATIONS... MOSCOW... PLUMMER... POTLATCH... GENESEE... COEUR D'ALENE... POST FALLS... HAYDEN... WORLEY... PULLMAN... ROSALIA... OAKESDALE... TEKOA... UNIONTOWN... SPOKANE... CHENEY... ROCKFORD.
... SNOW TO RETURN TO PORTIONS OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST FOR THIS MORNING...