Friday started late after CU graduation. Bob & I took off at 5PM and experienced a strong glass off! Staying up was easy and I climbed to 1,800′ over in a few minutes. The lift was so abundant and winds so strong out of the south that I decided to see how far the magic air would push me as flew along H93 towards Lyons: 4.7 miles!
See my Doarama
Saturday looks short; Regional weather map shows approaching NW Cold Front!
Local weather forecast shows westerly winds by noon and strong westerly winds this PM! Pressure difference -.03″ and barometric pressure dropping. NOAA weather forecast calling for westerly winds this PM.
Thermal Soaring Forecast is excellent—1,300’/min starting at 10:45AM with no over development. Winds aloft are high!
Saturday started very slow and I had the first soaring flight launching at 12:40 PM!
The lift was scattered and I could only climb to 500′ above launch in 21 minutes!
Here is my track log.
I should have been more patient as several pilots launching later made it to Lyons!
Sunday looks cloudier. Weather map shows cloudy conditions. Easterly winds this AM but strong westerly winds late afternoon! Reporting 10% chance of thunderstorms.
Thermal soaring forecast is good—700’/min— but short today not starting until 12AM and thunderstorms by 3PM!
Winds aloft are low.
NBR is showing light winds.
We returned last night from an Intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction. Video’s to follow. These new pilots got over 25 flights and hours soaring and experienced top landings! After 6 days of flying many received their P2’s and lots of camping and are ready and experience flying at North Boulder.
Saturday looks great: clear skies and High pressure dominate. Steady easterly winds all day. Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,300’/min—starting at 11:30AM with over development at 5 PM. Be ready for active air this PM!
Sunday is starting much better then overcast and rain early Saturday but Saturday started very cloudy but ended up soarable to almost till 6PM!
I launched late at 3:45PM from the drop off site but found abundant lift as seem by my Doarama.
I was able to climb almost 2,000′ over and boat around for 40 minutes and in fact searching for sink to land!
Sunday starts less cloudy. Thermal soaring forecast is much better as good starting at 11AM. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day.
I have several pilots working on their ground handling skills this AM in the park getting ready for intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction starting next Sunday but perhaps I will get another soaring flight in the PM?
Saturday’s thermal soaring forecast is fair–243’/min—but I see clear skies and sun. I hope thermals to be stronger after 11AM and no over development is forecast.
Winds aloft are light and NBR is already showing easterly flow. Looks like a good spring day for flying.
Here is my Diarama from yesterday.
Had 1 hour flight, got 1,500′ over and saw sustained lift of 800’/min and peaks of 1,100″/min.
Today’s forecast is not as good with thermals not as strong.
Regional map shows mostly clear skies over area. Local forecast shows easterly flow all day. Thermal soaring forecast is good—619’/min starting at 11:30 AM with over development at 6PM! Winds aloft are light and Sugar Loaf is reporting light winds. NBR is reporting light winds early.
Last Saturday saw many soaring flights. Several flew north towards Lyons and beyond!
I floated around for 1/2 hour but never got more than 700′ above launch. My video and GPS track are here.
This Saturday looks fair. Skies are clear and high pressure. Local forecast shows light easterly winds. Thermal soaring forecast is poor—-177’/min!
Air is starting cold—30 degrees—and lost of sun so things may change?
I am planning an intense P1/P2 course May 1-8th in Grand Junction for pilots want to earn their pilot ratings.
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