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Look for partly cloudy this Friday and Saturday, moderate southwest breezes, and more temps in the mid- to high nineties. ‘They’ say Sunday should be sunnier, but that’s a long way off. In any case, this is typically the height of our thermal season, so expect plenty of lift, even if it happens to be of the ho-hum variety.
It’s also nearing time for the period that some locals call “monsoon”, with rising humidity, streams of cumulus floating northeastward off the San Gabriels, probable buildups and possible overdevelopment. Not in the forecast yet, mind you, but will be soon…

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This coming week will feature fine soaring of course, even if unexceptional by local standards.  With mild southwesterlies and temps not much higher than 90, the most unusual weather might be widespread cloud cover in the flat desert, not the mountains, plus humidity as high as 30%!  The best lift this time around may be convergence related, particularly along the (mostly windward) edge of large shadows.  

In SOARING IS LEARNING this week, we have two wonderful accounts of flights last Saturday by Peter Kovari and Karl Sommer, who both soared 252-miles to Austin, NV. 

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First, rest assured that this weekend’s temps will be at least ten degrees cooler than last week’s record-breaking run.  (Think of this, for decades, the Crystal Squadron has made their bones flying across the Mojave every summer Saturday — and last week they chose to scrub an otherwise great looking day because it was too hot, even for them!)  Anyway, this week should stay down in the nineties, with a fairly steady moderate westerly, and even a few clouds.  Downright breathable, you could say.  Thermal potential will also be somewhat less dynamic, but we’re coming into the peak of the season, so expect terrific lift all afternoon in all the usual places.       

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The recent spell of more than two weeks with exceptional lapse rates may be ending, or maybe not… Either way, the heart of another Mojave soaring season is right here before us. Expect each day this week to be about like the others: temps above 100, cumulus marking only the best lift, and with moderate westerlies each day, no chance of overdevelopment.
Oh, and please do PRAY FOR RAIN!