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Week beginning Monday, 8th July

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Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Geoffm » Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:56 pm

Next week is mostly very light winds (well, maybe. Some forecasts are giving them a bit stronger). So in general, find somewhere high, or which is often stronger, like Llangollen or the Wrekin. Or the Peaks. Or Snowdonia. Maybe some showers later in the week.

Monday: really really light. Maybe the Wrekin.

Tuesday: a bit stronger, W going NW. Mynd is the easy option, but there's also Llandinam. Or the Wrekin.

Wednesday: basically west and soarable, but a higher chance of showers as the day progresses.

Thursday: west or NW, again a chance ofshowers. Mynd, Lawley, Wrekin.

Friday: NNW, stronger. Depending on the strength, could be any of Llangollen, Wrekin, Lawlry.

Weekend: northerlies Saturday, westerlies Sunday.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:50 am

Monday is a difficult call, probably unlikely for any ridge soaring except in the Peak district where the wind is due to be somewhere between east and South and reasonably breezy by most forecasts.
Around here, Corndon may just possibly work for thermalling, but I doubt very much for ridge soaring. Other options, Brecon beacons, Snowdonia. Because the wind directions are so varied, in Wales the cloubdase level wind is due to build to be SW, but the ground wind starring off east and gradually coming round to west-ish at some point, but never of any strength. Therefore chosing a site is a game of chance.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Geoffm » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:05 pm

Yes, the Wrekin did work today. Big clouds at times. Big lift.

Tuesday, I still think the Mynd is possible. Should be west or WNW most of the day, maybe going more northerly in the evening. Should be soarable - or not, depending on which forecast you prefer! I'll go with the soarable one. RASP not looking that brilliant for thermals though. However, if there is less cloud than some forecasts give, I think that will change.

Wednesday WSW/W. Winds strong enough for hangies too. More chance of showers though.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:23 pm

Geoff is correct in his recommendation - PG's soaring the Mynd now - visible on timelapse camera view.

Also someone has been successfully flying Clunbury today - it's a lovely site only marred by the virtual total lack of nearby car parking
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Geoffm » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:27 am

On Wednesday, PGs did fly the Mynd late afternoon into the evening. I'm pretty sure it would have been fine for hang gliders too, but none were there.

Thursday is west, wsw, all day but likely to be windier. Top end for PGs, probably blown out, but keep an eye on the cams. Should be OK for hangies. Greater chance of showers than yesterday, but not guaranteed.

Friday is NNW, windy. Long Mountain. Everywhere else locally will be blown out, on the current forecast.

Winds dropping at the weekend. Northerly Saturday, Sunday currently all over the place.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:34 am

Friday, Even Long Mountain is probably going to be blown out. Only place really is far SE England - maybe Devils Dyke.
Saturday is more likely to be Long Mountain as fairly breezy - some other NW - NNW sites might be ok.
Sunday varied forecasts between nothing at all and light East - that could change a lot, so don't dismiss it yet.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:25 pm

Saturday looks to be pretty windy in our area, though Long Mountain I think looks launchable. Elsewhere the Peaks seem to have much lighter winds so that could be good. For XC Leckhampton might be a good launch point with winds quite North there and a bit less in strength, though the XC forecast is not great generally.

Sunday is swapping about a lot so not sure yet.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Geoffm » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:32 pm

The North Wales hang glider guys are talking about Llangollen for Saturday. Maybe. Could be top end even for them.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Geoffm » Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:59 am

Actually the winds seem to be less now than earlier forecast, so Llangollen will be ok for hangies. For PG, I'd probably still say Long Mountain, maybe Sarn if there is enough north.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:37 pm

Sunday see light easterlies and a fairly low cloudbase, if it's windy enough fine for ridge soaring, but no great heights expected - maybe 3000ft or just above. Corndon in our area though it may prove too light for proper ridge soaring, but Malverns or Pandy look better options. Peak district look like having a bit more wind than here, or Malverns/Pandy.
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Re: Week beginning Monday, 8th July

Postby Dave Thomas » Sun Jul 14, 2019 6:57 am

Sunday has RASP for our area pretty dismal with virtually no wind and a low base 3000ft or less. other forecasts suggest a more consistent easterly breeze. Webcams at present show nice to the east but into Wales rather murky. Not particularly promising, but it all depends where the poor air will lie by lunchtime as the Synoptic charts show a kink in pressure around here, so I guess that's accounting for this region of low base and no wind.
Peak district still looks best for some ridge soaring where it might even be a bit on the strong side for PG's - NE direction.
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