Sunday looks sunny but short!

Regional weather map shows clear skies and stationary front parked over area.  Local forecast calls for light easterly winds with cloud skies by this PM. Thermal soaring forecast is good—620’/min—starting at 11:15AM with over development by 3PM! Humidity is high at 85%.  40% chance of thunderstorms!

NBR showing light and variable winds early.

Monday’s smoke slows easterly winds!

The day started with lost of smoke and light west winds.  Local forecast calls for easterly flow most of the day. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,400’/min—starting at 10:30AM with over development at 6PM. Is the haze factored into this?  NBR is showing   west winds early. When will sunshine arrive and give us up slope flow?

Meanwhile, watch our smooth glass off flight last evening?

Sunday Evening glass off flight.

Sunday looks drier!

Regional Weather map shows high pressure dominating area.   Local weather forecast  shows  southeasterly winds in area.  Humidity is lower than yesterday but still very high at 70%.  Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,300’/min starting at 11:30 AM! Again they are calling for no over development but yesterday it did over develop. 20% chance of precipitation. I recommend you start early.

If you have a used entry level Ozone wing that you would like to upgrade, please contact me as I need them and production time for your new wing is only about 1 month.

Sunny Saturday

Regional Weather map shows high pressure and clear skies.  Local forecast is for easterly winds all day.  Humidity is 94% so thermals will be soft and slow to develop. Thermal soaring forecast is good—700’/min starting at 11:30AM and calling for no over development!  I find this suspicious with such high humidity!

20% chance of thunderstorms this PM.

Cold Front Saturday?

Regional weather map show passage of Canadian Cold Front. Already early—5AM– NE winds are consistent at NBR.

At 6AM no wind!  NBR showing cold front has already passed. Waiting till later.

Thermal Soaring forecast is excellent—-1,200’/min—-starting at 10:30 with over development at 3:00PM. Cloud cover will determine thermal development.

30% chance of thunderstorms this PM.

Monsoon season is here!

The monsoon season is upon us with short soaring periods before thunderstorms. My best reference for this is the thermal soaring forecast.  It calls for thermal to start at 10:30AM and to be over developed—rain & gusty winds at  3PM! Thermals will strengthen up to 1,100’/ minute near time of over development so come early for smoother air!

Winds aloft are light and little pressure difference.  Today I hope to finally fly my new Delta 3!

I have posted another of my Rat Race Videos that shows the rules—this was a left turn day—and challenges of flying with 230 other pilots.

Back in Boulder for the 4th with Delta 3!

Returned last night from 3 week road trip to The Rat Race, Coastal Soaring in San Francisco, Glass Off Flight in Richfield, Utah, and Flight in Aspen. I have already posted some of these flights and others later but today I will start ground handling & flying my new Delta 3.

Looks like high pressure on the 4thwith local forecast calling for easterly winds all day.

10% chance of thunderstorms this PM. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—1,500’/min—starting at 10AM with over development by 3PM! I will start ground handling my Delta 3 at 10AM.

P.S.  If anyone has Ozone Ozium pod harness, I now have the complementary replacement handle.

 

Struggling at Rat Race!

I have had 4 days of flying at the Rat Race.  It has been a very educational and exciting place to be.  I made goal twice missing a few way points.

Yesterday I got 2,000′ over launch twice but the valley winds and extreme sink prevented me from making the valley crossing.

My glide ratio into the valley was only 2/1! Video to come latter with better up load speed.