SOARING FORECAST, JANUARY 13 to 16, 2012

WEEKEND SOARING FORECAST, JANUARY 13 to 16, 2012

It will be nice and sunny with gentle to calm winds throughout this period. A cutoff low is spinning down off our west coast and will move off to the northeast around Sunday or so. Combined with general high pressure over the great basin it sets us up for more warm dry offshore Northeast to East wind Friday through Saturday. The gradients are very small so the wind will be gentle for the most part.
As the low makes landfall and passes Northeast on Sunday, the coast will likely be overcast. NWS is predicting drizzle on the coast. We will be sunny with continuing nice weather here at Crystal though so ignore the newscasts for the LA weather.

We will keep an eye out for potential wave activity Sunday as the weak low zooms by us on its way North. The gradients are weak but we’ll see how it develops as we get closer to the date and have a clearer picture of the speed of winds aloft.
Sunday and Monday gentle Westerlies return and we can enjoy taking off from runway 25 again.


SCSA -SUNSET. Tucking the ships in for the night after a day of winter soaring fun.



ROSS BRIGLIEB AT NASA DRYDEN in front of the M-2 lifting body test bed he and his father built over 50 years ago.



NASA MODIFIED SCHWEIZER 232. Yup, that’s a night flying stealth recon sailplane under all that stuff. Wood prop is a work of art.




The National Weather Service is predicting the following local surface conditions for Friday through Monday:

FRIDAY:
Sunny. Temperature: 61 degrees
Wind: East 5 to 10 mph.

SATURDAY:
Sunny, Temperature: 61 degrees
Wind: East 5 mph.

SUNDAY
Sunny, Temperature: 59 degrees
Wind: West 5 to 10 mph.

MONDAY:
Sunny, Temperature: 55 degrees
Wind: Southwest 10 mph.

-Robert….