After several cloudy & rainy days the sun is out again! Local weather forecast calls for east winds all day. Humidity is quite high—-90%—so expect soft air and thunderstorms this PM. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—800’/min—starting at 11:45AM and over development at 3PM!
Getting ready to head to Grand Junction tomorrow for acceratatedP1/P2 and Ridge Soaring Clinic.
Have a slightly used large Swift for demo’s now.
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.
NBR showing west winds in early AM. Local forecast shows winds switching easterly by 9AM. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent—-1,000’/min—starting at 11AM and over development at 3PM. 20% chance of rain.
Early in the AM there is significant west winds at NBR.
Regional map shows High pressure to west and Low pressure to east. Local forecast calls for west winds until noon. Winds aloft are light. Thermal soaring forecast is excellent starting at 11:15AM with no over development forecast. Winds will be up to 1,435’/min!
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.
Hill is blanketed with snow and mud underneath.
No over development forecast so perhaps some late afternoon flying with glass off?
Meantime I have posted videos of 2 recent flights.
12:30 PM West winds started and pressure dropping . Not looking good for PM flying!
Regional map shows mostly clear skies over area. Local forecast shows easterly flow all day. Thermal soaring forecast is good—619’/min starting at 11:30 AM with over development at 6PM! Winds aloft are light and Sugar Loaf is reporting light winds. NBR is reporting light winds early.
Last Saturday saw many soaring flights. Several flew north towards Lyons and beyond!
I floated around for 1/2 hour but never got more than 700′ above launch. My video and GPS track are here.
This Saturday looks fair. Skies are clear and high pressure. Local forecast shows light easterly winds. Thermal soaring forecast is poor—-177’/min!
Air is starting cold—30 degrees—and lost of sun so things may change?
I am planning an intense P1/P2 course May 1-8th in Grand Junction for pilots want to earn their pilot ratings.
I have finished the two videos from the P2 Ridge Soaring Trip to Grand Junction this month: Video #1 & Video #2
New Ascent vario has GPS built in for only $349!
Thursday looks soft and short:Humidity is 63% and 40% chance of thunderstorms this PM.
Local forecast showing easterly winds until 6PM—thunderstorms?
Thermal soaring forecast is good—500’/min–starting at 11:30AM and over development at 3PM.
Regional weather map shows clearing skies. Local weather forecast shows light easterly winds today. There is snow on the hill and temperature early is 17 degrees! Perhaps it will warm up and turn more up slope later?
NBR is light and variable.