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Week beginning Monday, 15th July

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Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Geoffm » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:39 pm

Mostly southerlies and westerlies this week. Certainly some days worth a trip out.

Monday: really light southerlies around here. Thermic. Locally the Wrekin is the obvious place to try. The Gyrn could be worth trying too. In the Peaks, it's westerly, slightly stronger, so Bradwell.

Tuesday: westerlies. Slightly stronger than Monday. Possible showers later on, but the Mynd should be working. Thermic too.

Wednesday: again the winds a little stronger. Somewhere between SW and W, which obviously makes a difference as to the site. Not much sun, so not very thermic. Should be ok for hangies too, if it is on the Mynd (or if it is Clatter, SW, that's a good hangie site too).

Thursday: forecasts start to differ now, ranging from sunny and west, to showery and north. So can't really call it yet.

Friday: southerly, but a high chance of showers.

Weekend: showers, at least on Saturday. Between S and west.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:33 am

In Wales its due to be mostly southerly or thereabouts today but there's a chance of a band of rain all through Wales (not what the BBC say though), though the wind speeds seem to be a bit better than yesterdays forecasts, a bit more easterly into England, and at present the Malverns have a light east wind, but it is likely to go more south as the day progresses, meanwhile in the Midlands the wind aloft is actually NE at present. Really good air though and for those attempting to fly XC, looks like being really good if you can get up. Options and it's all rather a bit of luck if you go to the right one, Wrekin, Malverns, Corndon, Golden Ball, Peak district where it's supposed to be light westerly. Ideally could do with an aerotow out of Birmingham airport as that's where the air is due to be perfect but that's not going to happen!
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:33 pm

Monday, some flying on our sites, but more down south - malverns and further south. But I think it was pretty well all thermalling.

Tuesday slightly similar but much more chance of massive areas of spreadout and dead air, possibly with some rain. very thermic in parts. At present really can't say where is best for launching for thermalling flights and XC, but unless you go north a long way won't be ridge soarable, and up in the Yorkshire Dales it might be blown out.

Will look in more detail in the morning.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Tue Jul 16, 2019 6:51 am

Tuesday, there's so many if's and but's in the forecasts, I've really struggled, and I've been looking al all over the UK. For ridge soaring and XC go to Yorkshire Dales. Anywhere else other than maybe Welsh coast for sea breeze soaring its likely to be thermic and quite possibly very variable locally. In our area I'd say the Mynd is as good as anywhere in the afternoon to try to catch a thermal, but knowing the hill so well that tends to be more often a miss than a hit - the gentle slope on launch, not very high and facing WNW means it doesn't trigger close in very well, but most forecasts are suggesting somewhere between SW and W in wind direction. However, its one of those days where you could sit on th mynd in an east wind, or have a nice westerly breeze blowing up, just can't tell until it happens.

Other locations, South Wales Brecon Beacons I can't decide but probably too much in the way of dead areas building as it heats up. Peak district looks like having a bit of a west wind but not enough to soar.
Thames Valley sites have the best most reliable RASP star rating but not massive hills and probably no wind - Golden Ball being the most likely option for local club members. Malverns might work and the blipspot suggests winds anywhere between SW and east and anything in between either way, but you can at least launch on either side.


Wednesday, looks better for ridge soaring at present with a more pronounced SW wind
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Geoffm » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:58 pm

Thursday is westerly, but likely to be too strong for PGs. Could be ok for hangies though.

Friday is wet and windy as a big front comes through.

Saturday starts off SW, going west, but showery, and pretty windy.

Sunday is better though, starting off west, going SW, lighter winds, dry.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Geoffm » Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:30 pm

Thursday was flyable for hangies (and for Glyn on a speed wing). It was, though, character building. Strong winds, strong thermals, and wave. Not a recipe for gentle soaring. Shortly after I landed, it was blowing 29 knots. 53.7 kph. 33.4 mph. Even for a hang glider, that's a lot. And the sailplanes were bungee launching - 8 or 10 people launching a glider straight on to the ridge with a bit of elastic. They only do that when it's really windy. It did calm off a lot later on, and the remaining hangies had easier flights.

Saturday might be a repeat. It's windy again. Dropping off slowly through the day, as it moves from SW to west. Could be ok for hangies later on. Some forecasts say it might drop off enough for PGs too. Watch the cams.

Sunday slighty lighter winds, WSW going west. Camlo/Clatter.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 15th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:05 am

Saturday, patchy rain about but it is due to calm down later on, probably top end for HG's most of the day I think. For PG's I think it's an ideal day to go to west wales for coastal hill or dune soaring - It's not massively windy so they'd have to be big dunes, but it should be drier sooner over there.

Sunday more SW direction and still a bit windy but dry, much better for both decent air and thermals to go to the far south east of England. It should be HG soarable though in our area with Clatter or Camlo being easy options, might be too far off at the Mynd to make easy soaring.
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