On Wednesday tired from a bicycle ride in the hot sun, I transported Lex, Johannes, Misha, Adriann, and Mike to the south launch at North Boulder. Lex, Misha & Johannes flew to NCAR where Lex and Johannes landed and Misha decided to continue south. Reaching Golden—20 miles—with 10,000 feet under him, Misha decided to head back to Boulder on his Ozone Rush 5 and in less than 1 hour make it to Eldorado Springs where he landed and walked to an apartment where he was staying. Hard to calculate exact distance due to return but it looks like another 35 mile flight and 3 hours to add to his log book—-69 miles and 6:30 this week on his new Rush 5!
Follow his 5th flight on the Rush 5 here.
Regional weather map shows clear skies high pressure. Local forecast shows easterly winds most of the day. Winds aloft have not been updated yet but Sugarloaf and Ward are showing light winds.
Thermal soaring forecast is good—500’/min—starting at 12:30AM with no over development!
I will be helping P0’s on their ground handling at 10AM. Accelerated P1/P2 Course in Grand Junction starts in 2 weeks and Ridge Soaring Clinic thereafter.
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.
Regional weather map shows cloudy skies moving away from area. Looks like clear skies to west. Thermal soaring forecast is only good—400’/min—because of high level clouds? No over development forecast so perhaps conditions will improve later.
Posted my flight at the Cove in Utah—wish we had a 2,000′ vertical drive up site for mornings like today.http://parasoftparagliding.com/parashop/parasoft-used-wings/
Also have a Ozone Rush and Swift 4 on my used paraglider page. Let me know if you want to demo them.
Regional weather map cloudy conditions over area. Local forecast calls for westerly winds all day. Pressure gradient -.05″ and NBR showing west winds.
NOAA weather radio calling for strong west winds by time things heat up.
Winds aloft very high—31 m.p.h. at 9K!
Hope Sunday will be as Thursday was when several of us caught thermals and soared!
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Regional weather map shows approaching NW cold front and cloudy skies. Local weather forecast shows westerly winds all day! Winds aloft are very high!
Regional weather map shows clear skies to the west. Local forecast
shows increasing easterly flow during the day. Pressure difference is -.04″. Thermal soaring forecast is poor 243’/min maximum light and humidity is 84% dampening thermal development. Clear skies early.
Regional map shows passage of one cold front and cloudy skies over area. Local forecast shows NE winds at 10 m.p.h by late afternoon—6PM. Currently cloud base is a little above houses but NBR is very lite. Will it increase sooner?
Sun is out and up slope flow has begun! NBR looks good!
Sunday saw a short soaring window: I launched a 11AM and the hill went into the shadows shortly thereafter so I was only able to fly for 32 minutes! See short video.
Wednesday and Thursday don’t look good: both NOAA weather radio and local forecast all calling for westerly winds all day!