Archive for August, 2014


Maybe 2 flights. A bit tricky this morning

August 22nd, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

More unstable, cool, air aloft so we may get some large Cu forming and bringing showers, though Cbs less likely.   Later in the day things should dry out, so evening time should be fine.   Much reduced possibilities for XC, but maybe ok for a local flight this morning.   We will go up […]

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Avila and back some

August 21st, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Oncer again a high level WSW above the boundary layer.  Should be OK on the hill at PN.  Climbs to 3000m + later in the afternoon, though the cirrus could slow things down (not a bad thing really).  Once again flights to Avila and probable blocking by the N wind there. What Happened Classic day […]

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More NW and a bit windier. Chiny to Avila

August 20th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Relative low pressure due to the heat low over the Peninsula, but in general good thermal  soaring conditions and the slightly more northern flow will make it less turbulent on the hill and give us a better evening flight.  Thermal conditions similar to yesterday but the wind being more N will probably keep us this […]

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1 x 93km; 2 x 89k (PB for Dave); 2 x 69k plus 2 in Avila

August 19th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

A cold front is passing through the north of Spain, but like the pattern which seems to have occurred all through last week, all the rain and storms should be limited to the N and the Pyrenees. Winds are SW but should come onto PN.  Blue convergence expected and a good day for flights beyond […]

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4 over the Pass then the day deteriorated

August 18th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

A heat low over the Peninsula and a cold front out to the N.  A SW flow which will give us the classic convergence and reduce the problems of getting stuck at Avila in a N wind.  Cloud base above 3500m though mainly blue thermals outside of the convergence. This is a potential 200km day, […]

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Cool NE, with much reduced thermal tops from previous days

August 16th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

A flyable day but with the cool conditions and inversions  we will have a struggle early in the day going above 2300 and 2600 later in the afternoon.  Temperatures would need to go to 30º to get to 3000m, but that is unlikely in most areas.  Flights towards Barco and the Cherry Tree valley.  With […]

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W to NW blue thermals to 3000. PB for Bill, Andreas and David.

August 15th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Similar to yesterday but slightly more west and higher base.   Today it may be more difficult to come back from Avila, though also may be difficult to push much beyond it due to the north wind effect, though it may be worth it, but flights beyond 100km may be difficult .  Thermals will take […]

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Big Day!, another PB for Sondre with over 90km O&R, 80km circuit for Bernt and over Pass for Bart

August 14th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Not disimilar to yesterday with valley breezes probably to the W early on then more NE predominating later in the day.  Perhaps a chance of going over the pass to Avila and return with these conditions, or a similar task to yesterday, though I would favour Avila and back today if the wind stays light. […]

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Cold front going through. N/NW wind

August 13th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Low cloud early this morning which will hopefully lift to around 2600 by late afternoon.  Supposedly blue thermals later on with wind from the N to NW.  Probably a day for a flight to the Pass then down to Barco via the flats.

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Pre Frontal, NW, Wave flying for some

August 12th, 2014 - Posted by Steve Ham

Bits of the cold front originated with Hurrican Bertha lingering across the north of the Peninsula and another to pass actually through our area tomorrow.  Mainly blue thermals to around 3000m and some hints of cirrus.  The north will make it difficult to go beyond Avila, but persistence as with Sondrey, may give some results. […]

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