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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby Andy » Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:43 pm

Oh, well, I didn't mean to impose, but thank you. I'll have to be your driver sometimes, after all the times you helped us out. This weekend I'll be up in CO for a wedding, but otherwise I would have loved to come down. Some of the other fellas up here may be up for it. Are all the sites down there still open? Mag rim, etc? We ended up going to Gunnison and villa grove, which worked out pretty well.

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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:06 am

Hello again, Andy. Yes, all of our sites are open for flying - no fire danger closures at this point. What the weather does is a good question - I'll post it up tomorrow. I hope to fly with you again soon!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:54 am

Hi, folks. This weekend should be flyable, but it'll be hot and not the best. Our high temperatures will be about 100 F all through the weekend, and the chances for rain are pretty slim. Winds are mostly west. On Friday they are strong west for most of the area, especially Deming, but moderate in Alamogordo. On Saturday a little lighter, and some northwest component for some of the day. On Sunday, moderate west in Deming, light and variable with some east winds over the rest of the area. So, my foot launched flying recommendations: Dry Canyon and La Luz on Friday and Saturday. Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch might work on Saturday. On Sunday you might try the Little Floridas, but get there early. Towing at the Sod Farms should be good on Saturday, and challenging on Sunday as the wind direction keeps shifting. In all circumstances, be ready for some turbulence, and plenty of heat and sunshine. Good luck if you go out, and fly safe!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:38 pm

FRIDAY, JULY 6 through SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018:
Conditions are edging towards a (very welcome) rainy season at last. We might not get any rain this weekend, but models show it coming later next week. We can, however, expect temperatures to be a little less oppressive this weekend: Low 90's Fahrenheit (about 35 Celsius). Chances for rain are not zero, but not very high, either. Winds, though, are showing more and more the classic flow for this season: They are mostly from the east. Expect moderate to strong (15 mph) east winds on Friday for most of our area; the exception is Alamogordo, where light west/southwest winds are forecast. On Saturday the same kind of direction, but not as strong. On Sunday, winds should be light south-southeast in Alamogordo, and light east-southeast for El Paso, Las Cruces and Deming. For foot-launched flying I recommend Dry Canyon for all three days. Also Torrey Paso and Anapra. And maybe there's good flying to be had at the Sod Farms; the wind direction should be fairly steady, out of te east. Good luck if you go, and keep an eye out for overdevelopment. Be safe!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:41 am

FRIDAY, JULY 13 through SUNDAY, JULY 15:
The rainy season is here! We will finally see the desert get green; we'll also have to take precipitation into account in our flying calculations. This weekend looks like a wet one, but not necessarily unsoarable. For one thing, the jetstream is leaving us alone for a while. For another, it's not rainy everywhere, nor all the time. It looks like we will have light southwest winds throughout our area this weekend, with high temperatures around 90 degrees F (quite a nice change from June's 105's). On Friday it looks like we could get afternoon rains in Alamogordo and Las Cruces, so I'd say that Dry Canyon, La Luz and Magdalena Rim are a bad bet. (I'll be glad to be wrong on that!) On the other hand, El Paso and Deming look sunnier, so Agave Hill, Nelson's Launch and the Little Floridas might work OK. On Saturday it's just about the same situation. Sunday looks to have afternoon thunderstorms throughout our area, with all the associated turbulence, so it might not be a good day at any of our sites. But, who knows? It could clear off and be just great, by then. I'd leave the Dry Canyon road alone, though - driving it when it's muddy is no good for us or for the road. If you go out this weekend, have fun, and be very wary of overdevelopment and thunderheads forming - they can come up awfully fast when the conditions hit that trigger point. Keep in touch if you go out - I'd be up for a flight if the day looks good. And let's think about a quarterly meeting of the RGSA on July 28th - maybe here in Las Cruces? (Bill says his house his available, and Terry exemplifies that Midwestern hospitality...) Fly safe!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:18 am

FRIDAY, JULY 20 through SUNDAY, JULY 22:
The current monsoon season is on vacation. Our weather this week, in summary (and very summery it is!) is hot, dry, and pretty much calm. No rain to be seen, high temperatures 100 to 105 degrees F (that's 37 to 41 degrees C for the real world) and winds light and variable. For Friday, it'll be light south-southwest in Alamogordo and Deming, and light south-southeast elsewhere. Probably your best bet for a flight that day is Dry Canyon. On Saturday again light S-SW in Alamogordo, light SE everywhere else. Maybe towing at the Exit 116 road west of Las Cruces will work, or Dry Canyon again. On Sunday we still get light S-SW in Alamogordo (Dry Canyon), light E-SE in El Paso, where Anapra might just work for PG's. Las Cruces will see light east winds that day, Deming light S-SE, and so I don't see any flying possibilities there. I wouldn't worry about overdevelopment this weekend, but be careful about the heat. I'm probably not able to go out this weekend, but keep in touch if you get a flight. To misquote Thomas Paine, "These are the times that fry men's soles..."
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