Sunday looks softer?

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?

Sunday is sunny again!

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.

 

Sunday looks sunny & clear!

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!

Fast Friday & short Saturday!

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!

See my Doarama

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.

Thermal Soaring Forecast is excellent—1,300’/min starting at 10:45AM with no over development.  Winds aloft are high!

 

 

 

Sunday as good as Saturday?

Saturday started very slow and I had the first soaring flight launching at 12:40 PM!

The lift was scattered and I could only climb to 500′ above launch in 21 minutes!

Here is my track log.

I should have been more patient as several pilots launching later made it to Lyons!

Sunday looks cloudier.  Weather map shows cloudy conditionsEasterly winds this AM but strong westerly winds late afternoon! Reporting 10% chance of thunderstorms.

Thermal soaring forecast is good—700’/min— but short today not starting until 12AM and thunderstorms by 3PM!

Winds aloft are low.

NBR is showing light winds.

Grand Junction Clinic was great but home is better?

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 starting much better than Saturday but ….

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 cloudyThermal 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?