Thermal soaring forecast is good—550’/min—starting at 11AM with over development at 4PM. 20% chance of thunderstorms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday was very strong. Northerly winds were forecast so about 10 of us launched from the drop off site about 11:20AM. I and most pilots were able to quickly climb up and I hit peak climbs of 1,330’/min and sustained climbs of 740’/min! After 31 minutes of rock and roll I decided to fly out and land. My Dorama.
Others stuck with the active air and several made it all the way to Colorado Springs! Good job cowboys—-new site record?
Sunday looks softer. Regional weather map shows clear skies and high pressure. Boulder Airport shows easterly winds all day. Thermal soaring forecast is good at 785’/min starting already at 9AM! No over development forecast. A softer day?
After several days of wet weather, it looks like sunshine has returned!
Regional map shows clear skies and high pressure dominate. Local forecast shows easterly winds by noon but I see bright sunshine on the hill and expect up slope flow to start sooner. Pressure difference is -.15″ so it and NBR is showing lift and variable winds. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent starting at 8:45AM getting to 800’/min with no over development! I will start hiking at 9AM.
Regional weather mapshows clear skies and high pressure. Local weather forecast showing easterly winds till 3PM. Winds aloft are light at (K & 12K! Snow has mostly melted from the hill. Thermal soaring forecast is good—643’/min starting at 11:30AM with over development at 3PM!
Looks like a short day!
NBR is showing light up slope early!
I will start hiking at 9AM!
Friday started late after CU graduation. Bob & I took off at 5PM and experienced a strong glass off! Staying up was easy and I climbed to 1,800′ over in a few minutes. The lift was so abundant and winds so strong out of the south that I decided to see how far the magic air would push me as flew along H93 towards Lyons: 4.7 miles!
Saturday looks short; Regional weather map shows approaching NW Cold Front!
Local weather forecast shows westerly winds by noon and strong westerly winds this PM! Pressure difference -.03″ and barometric pressure dropping. NOAA weather forecast calling for westerly winds this PM.