Saturday looks clearer than Sunday

Regional Weather map shows day starting with clear skies and high pressure. Local forecast calls for south easterly winds and clear skies.  NBR is already showing easterly flow early. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,300’/min—starting at 9:45 AM and no over development forecast!

Got MS Ozone Rush 5 for demoing—Misha already has 70 miles XC on it this week!

Misha’s Big XC Flight on Rush 5 to Ft. Collins

On his 3rd flight on a new Rush 5, Misha gave it a real test over 3 hours 28 minutes  covering 34.3 miles from Boulder! Climbing to 6,300′ over launch and speeding up to 40 m.p.h. he landed near the Masonville Flying site west of Ft. Collins. Here is his track log.

Good job, Misha. With flights like this you will earn your P4 quickly!

Sunday looks good!

Today’s map shows clear skies and high pressure. Local forecast calls for easterly flow all day. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-800’/min—starting at 9:30AM and no over development.  Humidity is high—61%– so I question this and will arrive early. NBR is already showing up slope flow.

Had an exciting end to my flight yesterday as a helicopter passed right over me and I headed up wind to avoid the rotor!

 

Short Saturday?

Wednesday was a great day for the first flight on my Rush 5.  After 1 hour 5 minutes of flying I needed to hold big ears to get down!

Saturday: Post frontal and NE winds 10–15 mph this PM but short day as Thermal Soaring Forecast is poor—50’/min very cloudy—starting at 10:45AM with over development at 1PM!  National weather service calling for 40 % chance of thunderstorms this PM.

Start early!

Saturday’s winds are of a concern!

Thursday was a great day to test out Ozone’s newest wings.

Friday was constant west winds.

Saturday looks to be post frontal!

Local forecast calls for easterly winds by 9AM and sunny!

Winds aloft at 9,00′ are 15 and 12,000′ are high 29 mph!  Sugar Loaf is reporting 10—19 mph out of the west!

Thermal soaring forecast is good—-600’/min—-starting at 10:00 AM with no over development forecast.

Hope the westerly winds decrease.

 

Saturday as great as Friday?

Friday was a great day for flying here. I was lazy, launched late and made 2 attempts to XC to Boulder Reservior and only had 1hr 9 minutes. Misha who launched earlier has 3 hr 30 minutes and flew north and then south to the Flatirons.  See our Dorama View together.

Saturday’s regional map shows a stationary front over area and an approaching NW cold front arriving Sunday—-west winds!. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day on Saturday. Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent: 1,036’/min starting at 11:45AM but over development at 3PM!

I am doing a ground handling session at 10 AM today in Foothills Park.

Saturday looks like the day to fly!

Last Wednesday was great: Johannes flight was ~ 2 hours and I had to engage big ears and speed bar to get out of the cold.

Saturday looks like the day to fly this weekend—-snow this evening!

Regional weather map shows cloudy skies.  Local weather forecast shows NE flow all day.

Thermal soaring forecast is poor due to clouds? Winds aloft are light.

NBR is showing light and variable winds early.

 

Sunday and the jet stream moving south

On Friday several of us wanted to get a flight in before Saturdays west winds.  It was good: Thermalling on Friday.

Saturdays strong west winds show that jet stream has moved south and strong westerly winds are closer. I believe to fly  this time of year without checking winds aloft at 9K and 12K is irresponsible.  See yet stream.  See winds aloft.

Sunday’s weather map shows clear skies with High to west and Low to east negative pressure gradient of -.35″!   Local forecast shows light west winds till noon but sunny skies should start up slope flow earlier. NBR showing light and variable winds early. Thermal soaring forecast is fair—300’/min starting at 1:45 with no over development but remember it was also fair on Friday when I climbed at 600’/min.  Winds aloft have not been updated yet but Sugar Loaf is reporting light winds.