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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Aug 15, 2019 6:02 am

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16 through SUNDAY, AUGUST 18, 2019:
This is a pretty good weekend for getting airtime, though it'll be a hot one - high temperatures around 100 F again (38 C). It looks pretty dry, too, so at least overdevelopment should not be a problem. No jetstream overhead, so the winds will tend to be light. Friday, light west and southwest for Alamogordo, El Paso and Las Cruces, moderate to strong northwest around Deming. On Saturday, a lot of northwest - though I noticed that at Gray Hill, west of Magdalena, we'll get light to moderate west winds for a while. Good for new pilots, maybe. Sunday, it looks like light to moderate west and southwest in Alamogordo, light west in El Paso, light WNW in Las Cruces. My recommendations? Dry Canyon and La Luz should be flyable throughout the weekend (look at La Luz NW launch on Saturday). Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch in El Paso ought to be OK for PG's on Friday and Sunday (might be too northwest on Saturday). Mag Rim might work early on Friday, but too westerly the rest of the weekend. And the LIttle Floridas look fairly good on Saturday. Towing at the Sod Farms looks good all weekend. If you go out, wear a hat and take lots of water. I should be available all weekend for anyone that wants to try some flying - Juan Mira is supposed to be back in Hobbs for a few days, and may want some airtime, and Byron Stevens is eager to keep progressing. Fly safe, everyone!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Aug 22, 2019 6:39 am

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23 through SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019:
This looks like another flyable weekend, but you have to choose wisely. It'll be hot, but not as hot as recent weekends (90 to 95 F); dry, but clouds will still be seen. Winds are mostly light to moderate. We'll see more northwest winds than last weekend. On Friday, we should see some northwest winds, mostly light; in El Paso, it should be light west in the morning, then fairly strong south in the evening. On Saturday it looks like light WNW most places, light west in El Paso, light WSW in Las Cruces. On Sunday, about the same, but strong west in Deming, and moderate WNW around Gray Hill. I'd say that on Friday La Luz looks good, Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch should work, and Gray Hill should be ideal for training flights. On Saturday, La Luz, Agave Hill & Nelson's Launch, Gray Hill and perhaps the Little Floridas will work. On Sunday La Luz might work, though it'll be pretty light, and the El Paso sites again. Little Floridas look like a blowout, with winds on the ground 12-18 mph from the west, and once again Gray Hill should work, on its northwest side. I don't see any problem with towing at the Sod Farms all weekend. I'm not sure of my schedule this weekend, but give me a call if you feel like flying somewhere. Mentoring a new pilot at Gray Hill is certainly possible, too. Keep in touch, and have some safe flights!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:27 pm

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 through SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1:
Our summer conditions are typically hard to predict, and this weekend trends that way. We might get some rain - or not. We might get temperature highs of 90 to 95 F (32 to 34 C). We might get some wind, if there are thunderstorms - otherwise, probably not. The jetstream will not trouble us, though - I'm sure of that much. Whatever prevailing winds we get will be light. On Friday, it looks like light ESE in Alamogordo; light SSW morning and light SE evening in El Paso; light S then SSE in Las Cruces; light S then moderate N in Deming. No good flying spots that I can see. Maybe Gray Hill will be OK, where it should be light NW. Saturday, Alamogordo sees light SW in the morning (Dry Canyon and La Luz might be good for sled rides) then E starting about noon. Light to moderate ESE elsewhere. Sunday, Alamo looks light SW in the morning, light SSE afternoon - Dry Canyon might work. SE and E everywhere else. Anapra might be good a little later in the day. Gray Hill will be very light NE on Saturday and light SE on Sunday - no flying there, I think. It looks like Sunday, with steadier winds, might be the best day for towing at the Sod Farms. In conclusion, this doesn't look like a top weekend for foot-launched flying in our area, but I'm glad to be proven wrong in that prediction. If you go out for some airtime, be safe! It's a turbulent time of the year.
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:29 am

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 through SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019:
Hey, good news, everyone! Hurricane Dorian is going to miss us - by approximately 2000 miles. It's been a horrendous week for the Bahamas, I'm afraid, and the US East Coast. And now, let's look at the weather that matters to us, here in the desert Southwest. Our chances for precipitation are pretty low, until Sunday evening, and we may get some rain again early next week. Temperatures will be lower, at last - highs in the mid-90's F (low 30's C) - and the jetstream is still not a factor to us. On Friday winds will be light SSE over the area, and light SW in Alamogordo. Same for Saturday. Sunday looks pretty good for most of our sites, though, as it turns light to moderate SW, and WSW in Deming. On Friday and Saturday I think our best sites are Dry Canyon and La Luz, and possibly Torrey Paso for PG if it's not too southerly there. Towing on the Exit 116 road, west of Las Cruces, could be possible. On Sunday it looks like Dry Canyon, La Luz, Magdalena Rim, Little Floridas, and Nelson's Launch are all good bets. Just watch out for possible thunderstorms in the evening. At the Sod Farms I foresee good towing conditions all weekend, with fairly constant wind speeds and directions. I am up for some flying all through the weekend, if anyone has the urge to go out. Give me a call! Be safe, everyone, and have a good time, especially on Sunday. Autumn is almost here!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:03 am

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 through SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019:
It seems that the (admittedly, weak) rainy season here is not quite over yet. We can expect some precipitation in our area this weekend, especially on Friday afternoon. Temperatures will be comfortable, at least, in the range of high 80's to low 90's F. No jetstream, as usual. The winds will be generally light, in the 5 to 10 mph range. Direction, though, is mostly from the east and southeast this weekend. We may get SSW in Alamogordo on Sunday, though. It looks to me that on Friday a flight at Anapra might be possible, before afternoon thunderstorms, and at Torrey Paso. Towing at the Exit 116 road west of Las Cruces looks good, but keep an eye out for afternoon thunderstorms. I don't see any good options for Saturday, except for the Exit 116 site. Sunday might be good at Dry Canyon, but be sure the road up is not too muddy for it. And again, Exit 116 towing will probably be good. It's not the best-looking weekend for flight in our area, but it's not out of the question, either. Be safe, and enjoy the rain when we get some.
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