Archive for August, 2012


NE Light to Moderate and poor thermal climbs (to c7000ft)

August 31st, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Not disimilar to yesterday with another weatk cold front going throguh reducing temperatures (top estimated at 23ºC). Climbs to not much more than 2400m like yesterday with probable increasing of winds this afternoon. Once again a goal in Barco or maximum to Tornavacas. What Happened? The goal to Barco achieved by Chris (a new PB), […]

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NE – first time since early July.

August 30th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Weak cold front going through once again and lower level winds now in the NE.   Top temperatures not more than 26ºC and max thermal tops no more than 10.000ft, though we will probably go no higher than 2700m. Early morning inversion at around 2000ft (just above PN take off).   A flight to Barco should be […]

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10,700ft, SW/NW c 15-20km/hr

August 29th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Post cold frontal with some Cu development which will diminish late afternoon as humidity drops. Good XC potential for a flight to Avila and perhaps Segovia. Wind at PN at 8am is nil (thats good!) What Happened. A couple of hours of very nice thermal soaring but increasing cirrus made the Pass crossing difficult (we […]

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11,000ft, WSW PBs for Simon and Chris

August 28th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Our wind at PN is crossed at 9am so is very likely to come on the hill. Lower level winds are reasonabe, but stronger winds likely as thermals mix down upper level winds. Blue thermal tops at 11.000ft with max temp of 28ºC. With temp at 30ºC some possible isolated congestus build up. Approach of […]

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Good blue thermals to 3800m, but SW wind a bit high

August 27th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

The depression over the UK is throwing us high level SW, a pattern similar to most of the summer. Tghe cold fronts should onky effect the north of hte country. An inversion at 2600m, but very good thermal quality with blue thermals to 3800m. High XC potential for the day but the wind is S […]

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Derbyshire SC week 1. Fine and sunny

August 26th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Still quite cool after yesterdays cold front. A marked inversion aroiund 2600m and light W winds in Valley. Should be good conditions for first evening flight. We will go up a little earlier than normal as things are lighter than they have been.

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Post cold frontal

August 25th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

The front associated with the depression over the UK has passed leaving cooler temperatures and initiallly lower base. The Stratocumulus should clear the hill before mid day leaving us with a decent day with c15 -20km/hr NW winds. Base rising to around 9000ft by the end of day. should give us nice soaring and a […]

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WSW and a bit breezy with poor climbs

August 24th, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

The wind at PN is crossed along the hill at 8.30am, so probably it will come on.  Winds in West and going more North at the end of the day.  A strong inverstion near take off altitude rising only to around 2600m durng the day.  Some climbs to maybe 2800 later in the day, but […]

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Similar trend, but better thermal quality

August 23rd, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

Once again SW winds, improved thermal potential but tops lower at 3100m. Better themals may bring it onto PN, but once again a difficult day. What Happened? Brian, kevin and Gavin over the Pass to find lots of wind and not any decent climbs on thge other side.  Nigel and Rob at the cemetery and […]

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SW winds. 3800m thermal tops

August 22nd, 2012 - Posted by Steve Ham

A very similar day to yesterday.  However, the air quality if far greater with visibility in the valley a lot better at this time yesterday.  Blue thermals to around 3800m.  Good prospects for another trip to Segovia.

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