Archive for July, 2014


SW, high base, stronger wind and SW convergence

July 31st, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

This is the big open distance day of the week, however the winds are stronger so earlier in the day it may be a bit uncomfortable. Winds at launch at 8.30am are light over the back, which is a good sign that it should come on at PN (I expected it to be much stronger […]

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NW 3000m+. 7 out of 8 of group around Avila.

July 30th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Winds lighter and more to the NW with a heat low developing.  Typical good conditions for summer in this area.   The NW may stop us at Avila, but this is certainly a day to reach Avila at least. wind at take off at 8am is very light and on the hill.

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Cooler NE flow

July 29th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

The cold front has passed leaving us with a cooler NE flow.  The is an inversion around 2600  and a further kink at around 3000m.    Lower level winds are light (supposedly) and winds above the boundary layer seem to be more W.  I don’t think this day will provide an amazing XC day like […]

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3800m, more wind than recently from the NW.

July 28th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

A cold front is approaching from the NW and we have an increase in winds , though NW and on PN launch which should give us OK wind conditions for flying.  With ground  temperatures above around 31 ºC we will probably start to get Cu forming , some of which, especially in the Avila valley […]

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New Spanish Record!

July 26th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

At launch last night I was surprised to be congratulated by a pilot from Madrid for getting the spanish open distance record.  Apparently my flight of 246km last week was the farthest flown by a member of the Spanish flying Fed.  Maybe it is the case, but I have not logged a flight anywhere for […]

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Yet another good day at 3000+ and light winds

July 26th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

The instability generated by the passage of the trough seems to have moved further N and we probably will not get the build up of cloud in the Ambles valley today.  if cloud does form it will be at around 5100m according to the skew.  The Skew is giving SW, also S at launch at […]

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Thermal tops above 3000m, more to NW

July 25th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Yet another high quality soaring day for XC with generally light winds from the NW, so as you can imagine we will be held back at Avila with large scale convergence in the Avila valley with possible congestus in that area and thermal sources in excess of around 36ºC. Not likely to be an earl […]

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Another potentially big day.

July 24th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Heat low deepened a little and the wind a little emote to the SW so less chance of being stopped by the N wind beyond Avila.  Once again a very high cloud base to around 4400m, so it would be very useful not to fly into the NOTAM area and try to go more north. […]

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Another 100km+ for David. 4000m+ and returns from Avila.

July 23rd, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Still under the influence of the Atlantic high with a heat low forming over the Peninsula.  The SW winds will give us blue convergence today and great potential for a big XC towards Avila and beyond.  The more defined wind should make going over the Pass and advancing along the Avila valley easier.  Early on […]

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West, a bit stable early on- 3 over and Nigel 42km out then back-

July 22nd, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

We are still under the influence and protection of the atlantic high with  a ridge at higher levels giving reasonable flying conditions.  today it should be hotter, and although there is a marked inversion early on around 2600m, later in the day we should go to 3000m plus with blue thermals. Wind in the west, […]

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