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…