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.
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.
Today was my 6th day of flying at the Rat Race and I climbed 2,000′ over launch, crossed the valley to the first turn point and headed down wind at 34 m.p.h.! Here is the Dorarama.
Today I progressed: I only had to get 1,000′ over before I crossed the valley to the first turn point! The strong head winds made it difficult to make the next turn point so I chose rather to see how fast these winds would push me: 37 m.p.h.! I made it up an unknown valley at great speed. See it all here. Videos will come later with better up load speed.
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.
We returned last night from an Intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction. Video’s to follow. These new pilots got over 25 flights and hours soaring and experienced top landings! After 6 days of flying many received their P2’s and lots of camping and are ready and experience flying at North Boulder.
Saturday looks great: clear skies and High pressure dominate. Steady easterly winds all day. Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,300’/min—starting at 11:30AM with over development at 5 PM. Be ready for active air this PM!
Sunday is starting much better then overcast and rain early Saturday but Saturday started very cloudy but ended up soarable to almost till 6PM!
I launched late at 3:45PM from the drop off site but found abundant lift as seem by my Doarama.
I was able to climb almost 2,000′ over and boat around for 40 minutes and in fact searching for sink to land!
Sunday starts less cloudy. Thermal soaring forecast is much better as good starting at 11AM. Local forecast calls for easterly winds all day.
I have several pilots working on their ground handling skills this AM in the park getting ready for intensive P1/P2 course in Grand Junction starting next Sunday but perhaps I will get another soaring flight in the PM?
Christmas’s strong winds blew windsock on ridge at North Boulder down!
I hope we can get it reinstalled soon!
This month’s jet stream winds winds have been too strong and I look forward to my trip to Tapalpa, Mexico next month.
One week is full but I may add another week January 23—30th if there is demand. Let me know if you want to get out of the wind!
Friday’s flying was late because up slope flow was slow to develop & then very smooth with no soaring flights.
Saturday looks worst. Local weather forecast shows no easterly flow until 11AM. Regional weather maps shows cloudy skies and limited heating.
NBR showing westerly winds. Pressure difference -.27″!
NBR now showing east winds and sun is out!
Saturday showed light easterly winds all day and many flights. I observed only one 5 minute soaring flight—Will on a Delta 2!
Sunday: Regional weather map shoes NW cold front with High to west and Low to east. Pressure gradient is very negative .26″ and local forecast call for west winds all day! NOAA weather radio calls for NW winds all day also. NBR showing light and variable winds but Sugar Loaf and Estes Park already showing west winds.
6 of 8 spots for Tapalpa, Mexico Jan 30–February 6th are now filled. If you want one of remaining ones, call me today!