SANTA ANA REDUX

This most recent northerly/easterly spell will conclude with a breezy Friday and Saturday, followed by the inevitable calming Sunday and beyond.  We’ll be dedicating or whole fleet for a passel of rides with Boy Scouts on the weekend itself, and resuming normal operations on Monday.

SEE YOU SOON!

NORTH OR EAST, WHAT’LL IT BE?

That is the question for this coming week here at Crystal.  One of our optimum ‘winter’ soaring conditions is the clear, usually light northeast wind that generates those infamous Santa Anas down in the LA basin.  Up in the Mojave, north wind is okay and northeast can be ideal, but wind straight from the east is typically of little use for us, even in the mountains.  If the forecast is accurate, we can expect a strong easterly on Friday, a very light northerly on Saturday, and after that – hopefully – several days of brisk northeast feeding autumn thermals, ridge lift and/or bow wave.   How much north and how little east, that’s what we’ll be waiting till Sunday to find out…

YESSS !

This week it’s our special pleasure to congratulate one of our own, eighteen year old Cameron Evans, who’s been crewing with us here since before he could reach the pedals. He will now wear forever a distinction many fellow pilots can never claim, flying his first solo in a sporty crosswind. Way to go Cam!

In other news, yes the season has changed. We’ve had a week of wave conditions, ending today (Thursday), with brisk wind from the west on Saturday but otherwise mostly light air and plenty of ‘autumn’ thermals — see SOARING IS LEARNING below.

TURNING OF THE SEASONS

We can expect the coming week to bring pleasantly cooler days and at least some of the marking clouds that were missing through most of  September.  Thermal activity is declining now (with still a long ways to go!), and if the southerly wind picks up we can expect a puncher’s chance of WAVE for the weekend.