Thursday starts cloudy and smokey?

Wednesday was wild!  Many pilots soared—Jacob & Kirill soared up high in the strong south winds. I launched, climbed 2,000′ over and let the strong winds blow me towards Lyons—5 mile XC.

Map shows clouds over most of CO and some of this could be related to fires. NBR is still light and variable. No rush to get started. Let me know when you want to start.

Soaring Forecast is out:

0646 MDT Thursday, June 13, 2013

This forecast is for Thursday, June 13, 2013:

If the trigger temperature of 87.9 F/31.1 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Excellent
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 845 ft/min (4.3 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 18182 ft MSL (12897 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 94.0 F/34.9 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... 1100 MDT
Time of overdevelopment........................ 1500 MDT

Looks like time to fly today is 11-3PM. Let me know when you want to start.


 

2 thoughts on “Thursday starts cloudy and smokey?

  1. Cool, looked like you were up pretty high. We got about 1200′ above launch. If I could’ve gotten about 500′ more of gain I was going to transition north and see how far I could make, then land next to the highway somewhere. I’m still working out the glide ratio and altitude-needed thing and slowly gaining experience in the XC realm. Buttery thermals = Jake lingo = relatively smooth and thick feeling thermals. Haha!

    – Jacob Hildebrand

    From: GRANGER BANKS
    To: Jacob Hildebrand
    Sent: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 5:06 PM
    Subject: Re: Buttery Thermals Today

    I climbed 2,000′ over and flew about 6 miles towards Lyons.
    I was surprised you guys did not do the same so you did not have to fight the strong south winds!
    Buttery Thermals?
    On Jun 12, 2013, at 4:04 PM, Jacob Hildebrand wrote:

    Make it back, our land out? That was nice today!

    – Jacob Hildebrand

    • My vario recorded 1,200’/min lift at some point. No deflations but not smooth either.
      I am going to put this on blog for others.
      On Jun 13, 2013, at 8:04 AM, Jacob Hildebrand wrote:

      Cool, looked like you were up pretty high. We got about 1200′ above launch. If I could’ve gotten about 500′ more of gain I was going to transition north and see how far I could make, then land next to the highway somewhere. I’m still working out the glide ratio and altitude-needed thing and slowly gaining experience in the XC realm. Buttery thermals = Jake lingo = relatively smooth and thick feeling thermals. Haha!

      – Jacob Hildebrand

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