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!
Saturday looks stable and partly cloudy. The local forecast is calling for NE winds all day!
NBR is already showing easterly up slope winds & rain. Hold for rain to stop!
Last weekend was the spring 2016 Ridge Soaring Clinic in Grand Junction. We had great success and flew & soared 4 times! Uncommonly we flew Otto’s Ridge Thursday until 8PM! and then 3 times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Here are some of the flights.
Wednesday looks windy: Winds above my house are gusting to 15 m.p.h out of the west!
Regional weather map shows clear skies and no fronts but …
Local weather forecast is for winds to go east later, but …
NBR show west winds early. Pressure difference -.12″
Jet stream over area.
Winds aloft very high, waiting till Thursday for lessons.