The best period for thermal soaring in these parts?  Typically late July through early August, which is now behind us.  It’s officially late summer, when we’re due some welcome humidity and cloud development in light southeasterlies, even a quick thunderstorm or two plus several more within watching distance.  (Some actually call it a monsoon!)  For now though, our outlook is more Mojave dry. This weekend will mark a ‘cool’ dip in a two-week heat wave, with highs around 90, and clouds, if any, only over the mountains.  Wind?  Light early, strengthening westerly late, maybe some south at day’s end, as usual.

Dog days – except my dog’s smarter than us, she’s sleeping in the shade!


First, this week’s accolades go to one of our very own, Cameron Evans, who passed his private pilot check ride last Monday.  Way to go Cam!

Now for the coming week, thermal conditions will be fine by ‘normal’ standards, though suppressed by an influx of windiness from the southwest.  So, each afternoon we might be able to thermal above spotty cumulus into wave…



Well it looks like we’re into another week of the same great midsummer soaring every day.  Max temps around a hundred, few if any clouds, and light westerlies early – until massive lifting in the desert interior creates a surface low there, drawing an influx of south wind over our mountains each afternoon.  The thing to look for locally, is the interface where west and south winds meet.  If you see a cumulus that’s not right above the mountains, it will probably mark that shearline.

Last week, four pilots logged diamond distance flights out of Crystal, including a monster effort of over 600 miles, to Murphy, Idaho.  See their debriefs on our SOARING IS LEARNING page, below.


Kudos this week go to Ed Fleming for his first solo flight.  Congratulations Ed!

And for the coming week, lite winds and temps approaching 100 should bring classic midsummer soaring conditions, possibly improving each day.