Good news for the Crystal Squadron! Last Saturday’s character building should be rewarded this time with the best day of the period — unless Sunday turns out even better. (If more character building is preferred, Friday’s your best bet.) Remember, we’re entering the annual period of longest days, so there’s time for almost anything to happen.



Last Saturday, Bradley Baum soared a couple hundred miles to Boulder City, NV, and Peter Kovari and Carl Sommers landed thirty miles short of that, at Jean. Then Sunday, Mike Koerner made his first cross-country flight of the season, but we haven’t heard yet how it went. Who knows, he may still be up there running further downwind…

Recently we’ve lamented how below average our conditions at Crystal have been this spring. Is it time to take it all back? We’ve now seen nearly two weeks of essentially perfect thermal soaring every single day — kinda like the old normal. The coming period? Maybe not as consistent, but blustery and frigid no more! Look for light winds and afternoon temps between eighty and ninety into the foreseeable future.



Last Saturday, Sean Eckstein made the first cross-country soaring flight from Crystal this year, 187 miles to Jean, NV. It’s been a freakishly cold may here I (feeding that freakish plague of tornadoes back east), but conditions that day were close to perfect. The coming week, each day should be a lot like Sean’s was, as afternoon temperatures finally begin to hit eighty and winds remain light.



First, belated congratulations to Katie Hetland and Christian Roche, who passed their glider check rides in the last couple of weeks. Just in time for summer — if summer ever comes.

Now about that, have you noticed how unseasonably cold and windy our local weather has been for late May? Turns out it’s the aftermath of a (heretofore) unique occurrence that was accurately foreseen more than a week in advance. It’s complicated of course, but earlier this month scientists monitoring the historic disappearance of Arctic ice predicted that a current heat wave up there, on top of yet another early melt season, would cause chain reactions in the upper atmosphere causing what we see now at this latitude (us ending up with the Arctic’s air, more or less, and it ending up with ours). They were right again, surprise surprise. Coincidentally, this week The Guardian, a world-wide British newspaper, announced it will no longer emphasize ‘climate change’ in its reporting. For the sake of accuracy, and to keep pace with accelerating events, they’ll use a more appropriate term, ‘climate crisis’, going forward. Maybe they’re trying to tell us something.

No worries, everything is cyclic. If we don’t get the message and do lose the Arctic, we’ll only need to wait another ten thousand years or so until it comes back…