Archive for June, 2014


Campeonato de España. Day 2. Big Monday!160 km goal

June 30th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Situation Another low pressure system is approaching the NW of of the Peninsula which will complicate things for the next few days.  However, as is often the case, these prefrontal days often serve up the very best as for as big open distance cross country flying. Today we have a SW flow which should allow […]

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Campeonato de España 1. 68km, plenty in goal

June 29th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Situation. After the passage of a cold front yesterday with a large amount of associated cloud, we now have a northern flow, much lighter and which should give  us reasonable conditions for tasks. Because of the high humidity this morning we will have cloud condensing below take of level till around mid day.  There should […]

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Very windy from SW

June 28th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Rubbish weather continues with strong SW and approaching cold front.  After passage of front for tomorrow, Sunday, wind should go more N and lighten making for  reasonable XC conditions for for the following days.   That does not help much for today though!

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SW wind, on the high side, Blue thermals to 3000m+

June 27th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Classic day for open distance from PN.  However, the need to go early to avoid strong winds at launch may put some of us on the ground before the Pass. A bit inverted between 2600 and 3100m, which will slow things till around 3pm I imagine.  Winds lightening and coming around to more NW in […]

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Light NW to W and 3100m later in the day.

June 26th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

A cold front with a bit of rain went through last night so humidity is a bit high this morning so some low clouds and making for a later start. An inversion of 2600m rising to over 3000m later in the day.  Good quality thermals and an excellent xc day for flying towards Avila.  Though […]

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Flights to the east and west

June 25th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

The trough seems to have moved more NE and today we should start out with light N winds, perhaps moving more to the NW by the late afternoon.  It will be cold , zero degrees C at cloud base this morning (2600m), and cloud development should be restricted.  However, later in the afternoon we will […]

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before and after the storm

June 24th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Winds forecasts are now showing good light direction from SW W NW, so it will come onto Peña Negra launch.  However, cold air aloft and low pressure almost guarantee a day of growing Cbs .   Wind at launch at 9am was SE light.  There is already a significant Cb growing to the west of […]

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Evening soaring at Lastra

June 23rd, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

There is nothing easy about today.  South winds which once again are on the strong side, and deep instability which will most probably lead to Cbs by mid afternoon. However, winds are lightening by around pm and moving to the  West so it should come onto PN for the evening flight , if we are […]

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A bit less wind

June 21st, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Less wind today but still from the SW and unlikely to come onto Peña Negra.  Acceptable level at low levels but windy at altitude.  Still unstable enough to generate Cbs.  Still not the best of days but worth having a look this morning  unless by 11am it is coming in strong in the valley.  

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Not Good for PG. Stronger S wind and more instability

June 20th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

For those looking to get the sightseeing bus (Helen )(10.44 to Madrid) then you are not too late yet.  This day is totally unsuitable for safe enjoyable PB .

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