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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:43 pm

JANUARY 1st through JANUARY 3rd, 2021:
Happy New Year! We are greeted in our first days of it with a flyable weekend. Weather will be cool (45 to 55 deg, F) and dry (as usual) throughout our area. Winds should be fairly light, but not bad in direction. On Friday, winds will be very light; 0-5 in Alamogordo, but maybe westerly. Elsewhere that day, NE in Las Cruces and Deming, 0-5 mph, and ENE in the El Paso area, again 0-5. On Saturday things look better. WSW in Alamogordo, 5-8, SW in Las Cruces, El Paso and Deming, about 8-10 mph. Finally, Sunday is a little more westerly in Alamogordo, El Paso and Deming, 8-10 mph, and SSW in Las Cruces, 5-8. Recommendations: On Friday, Dry Canyon might be flyable for PG's. Maybe Torrey Paso, too. On Saturday, look to Dry Canyon, La Luz, Magdalena Rim and the Little Floridas - take your pick, they all should be pretty good. Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch should be flyable, too. On Sunday, the same - they all should work OK. I'm free to fly if anyone wants to go out. Give me a call! Stay warm, fly safe, and watch out for COVID - we're not done with it yet.
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Jan 07, 2021 1:39 pm

FRIDAY, JANUARY 8 through SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2021:
This will be an up-and-down weekend for winds. No precipitation still. It starts out warm (high 50's to low 60's) but by Sunday gets downright chilly, with highs in the low to high 40's F. Naturally, you don't get a change like that without some wind in the process. Friday the winds are light, 5-8 mph in Alamogordo, less than that elsewhere, coming from the south and southwest. (Southeast in Deming.) On Saturday the winds are strong south-southwest, 15-20 by afternoon. Maybe a little lighter, early on. On Sunday, as with most of our wind events, as the low pressure passes to the east we get the counterclockwise swirl bringing north winds to the area - and cold. We'll see light (5-8 mph) winds from the north in Alamogordo, and northeast in Las Cruces, Deming and El Paso. For Friday flying, I'd say that Dry Canyon and La Luz should work OK, and maybe Magdalena Rim for PG's (a little light for HG's). On Saturday, Mag Rim might work if you get out there early, launching well before noon. Otherwise it looks like a blowout. On Sunday, the La Luz NW launch might work, and possibly Volcanic Peak west of Las Cruces. It'll be cold, though, so dress real warm if you try it! Fly safe, and let me know how it goes if you get some airtime this weekend.
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Fri Jan 15, 2021 1:08 am

FRIDAY, JANUARY 15 through SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021:
This is a pretty brief forecast, since I was out flying on Thursday. It looks like, due to a big low pressure over the Great Lakes, the counterclockwise swirl will mostly bring north winds to our area for Friday and Saturday. This will create winds of 8 to 10 mph out of the north and northwest. The best site to try, in that case, is where I flew today: The La Luz northwest launch. On Sunday, as the low pressure moves on, the winds should get lighter, and west/southwest. Magdalena Rim might work, and possibly Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch near El Paso. The Little Floridas may be possible, too. It should be reasonably warm (high temps in the high 50's) and dry - though by next Thursday we could, finally, see a little precipitation. Have fun if you get out to fly - I certainly did!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:33 am

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 through SUNDAY, JANUARY 24, 2021:
Hi, folks, and welcome to a new President & VP for the next 4 years. (Not the RGSA - I mean for the USA, though that is hardly more important.) Our weekend looks both good and bad for flying. Friday, the temperatures should be fairly warm (50 to 60 F for highs, about 15 C) and the winds fairly light out of the southwest, 8-10 mph around our region. The current precipitation event should be leaving us before then. On Saturday the winds get stronger, 10 to 15 (a little more in Deming). Same temperatures, though. On Sunday the temperatures drop as a low-pressure area comes to us, and the winds go up to 20+ mph out of the west/southwest. Looks like a blowout to me. I'd recommend flying Dry Canyon, La Luz, Magdalena Rim and the Little Floridas on Friday, plus Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch in El Paso. On Saturday the same sites should work, but go earlier and expect stronger winds. On Sunday, just hunker down and watch some football - I don't think flying is in the cards that day. I plan to go to Magdalena Rim today with Texas pilots Tony Conger, Chris Chaney and Joe Gamerisfelder, then to the Little Floridas on Friday. If you get some airtime, let me know! Be safe, and stay healthy.
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