Catching the next cold front!

Thursday afternoon saw a cold front passage with excellent ridge soaring potential. Unmentioned in weather forecast it passed by about 11AM with strong NE flow.  I watched several pilots effortlessly soar around before I caught a ride to the drop off site. My launch and climb was easy but it took about 10 minutes to reach the North end of ridge in a strong head wind but climbing continuously to 4oo’ over. I then boated around for 1/2 hour.

Friday shows not cold front passage either.  Local forecast shows light easterly flow.

Thermal soaring forecast is poor but I see sunshine and a clear sky!  NBR is light early but watch my Sunday flight while waiting to catch the next cold front!

Saturday looks good

Local weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and light easterly flow all day. Pressure difference is -.16″ and NBR showing light and variable winds early. 10% chance of thunderstorms this PM.

Since there is a slow heating, watch my flight in Aspen this week—great place to fly once you have your P3 rating.

Thermal soaring forecast is excellent: 1,200’/min with thermals starting at 12PM and no over development forecast!

Softer Sunday?

Saturdays hot forecast was too accurate.  My vario recorded 92 degrees at a start time of 12:46PM and a cooler 70 degrees while flying up to 1,800′ above launch. 59 minutes later I landed after seeing sustained lifts up to 620’/min and 1,100′ descents with a big ears approach—pass through the danger zone quickly!

Sunday looks softer with cloudiness.  Satellite map show much cover over northern Colorado.  Local forecast calls for easterly flow all day.  NBR showing light and variable winds early. Pressure difference .22″ so up slope flow may be delayed until 9AM.

Thermals soaring forecast is good—-721’/min—starting at 11:45AM and no over development.  West winds still at 7:30AM!

 

 

Friday looks smoother

Thursday’s post frontal flying was active. Many roaring flights occurred all day long. Launching already at 11AM, I easily climbed 1,000′ over launch and soared around. See my video.

Friday looks much cloudier.  Local forecast calls for light easterly winds all day. Pressure difference only-.08″.

NBR showing light and variable winds early.  We will start with P1’s again at 8AM.