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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:58 pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019:
OK, this is not too bad. Really. It may be cold and windy as I write this (Wednesday night) but weather changes! Fast, in New Mexico. It will be dry this weekend, and cool (high temperatures 50 to 60 F) but the winds get better and better as the weekend goes on. On Friday winds are mostly moderate to strong SE (10-15 mph). But in Alamogordo, they are forecast to be light SW. On Saturday, moderate S/SE, but in Alamogordo, moderate to strong SW. Sunday will be cloudy, but the best of the weekend for winds - light to moderate, and SW, for most of the region. (Alamogordo probably more south.) My recommendations are to fly Dry Canyon or La Luz on Friday, and possibly Anapra. Sod Farm might be good as well. On Saturday, Dry Canyon and La Luz again, and towing on Exit 116 Road, west of Las Cruces, might be good. Sunday you have all kinds of options: Dry Canyon, Agave Hill and Nelson's Launch, Magdalena Rim, and Little Floridas. Towing at the Sod Farms should be good all weekend long. I should be free on Sunday, if anyone has a yen to see what we can do with a southwest wind that day - Dry Canyon might be fun. Keep me in the loop!
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:02 pm

FRIDAY, FEB. 15 through MONDAY, FEB. 18 (Presidents Day):
This is the traditional weekend for a meet-up at the Guadalupe Rim, west of Carlsbad, New Mexico. I have some bad news about that, I'm afraid. It looks like both Friday and Saturday will be blown out. Maybe Sunday and Monday, too, though the Windyty weather site shows that winds might be possible those days - moderately strong, out of the southwest. Friday, February 15th, is supposed to be warm and windy all over our area. The jetstream is supposed to be over Southern New Mexico and El Paso all weekend long, with west/southwest winds 20 to 30 mph on the ground. Alamogordo might be a little milder than the other sites, being a bit farther north - it's possible that La Luz and Dry Canyon may work. Temperatures on Friday will be pretty warm, getting close to 70 degrees F (about 20 C.)
Saturday is forecast to be cooler, though, and a blowout everywhere in the region, with winds 20-30 mph from the west and southwest. Sunday looks more promising. Ground winds in Alamogordo may top out at 15 mph, making La Luz and Dry Canyon good for hang gliders early on - and maybe PG's very early on. The Little Floridas, if flown by 10:00 or 11:00, might work as well. Agave Hill, Nelsons Launch and Kilbourne Hole are also worth investigating with a PG - again, early in the day. Monday is about the same as Sunday. What can I say about the Guadalupes? It's chancy for this weekend. If it works at all, I think it will be on Sunday and Monday, fairly early in the day. They are a long drive from Las Cruces (well, from anywhere) and it may be marginal flying. At least, though, it won't be icy cold this time! For myself, I think I will try to postpone a trip out to the Guads until March, when Spring Break rolls around, and we may get a better weekend. Anyone who wants to fly in Alamogordo this Sunday (or Monday!) let me know. It might just work.
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Re: Weekend Weather

Postby RobinHastings » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:58 pm

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 through SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24:
Well, getting airtime should be possible this weekend, but it might not be comfortable. When the winds are right, the days are cold. Here's the situation as I see it, here at my desk on Wednesday evening. On Friday, winds are going to be strong south-southwest, with a good chance of precipitation. Temperatures will be cool and we might even be treated to snow flurries. The jetstream is overhead that day, bringing moisture in from Arizona. On Saturday the weather moves on and the day gets clear and cold - high temperatures ranging from 45 or so (in Alamogordo and Deming) to 55 or so (in El Paso). Winds that day are moderate west in El Paso, moderate NW in Alamogordo, and moderate west in Deming and Las Cruces. The jetstream loop should be moving on east by late afternoon. On Sunday the temperatures warm up by about 5 degrees F, but the winds are light & variable, except in Alamogordo where they get light SSW. Still sunny that day, too. My recommendations are to put in a good day's work on Friday - indoors. "Move on, move on - nothing to see here..." Saturday, La Luz is worth a try, if you dress real warm, and maybe Nelson's Launch and Agave Hill. Towing at the Sod Farms ought to be great, and warmer than any other site around. On Sunday, Dry Canyon might be good for PG's and HG's. I wouldn't trust any other site to have enough wind consistently to be worth the drive. (Except, again, the Sod Farms are possible.) Count on dressing warm, wherever you go, and let me know how it comes out. I might be up for a try at Dry Canyon on Sunday afternoon, if anyone has the urge to join me there.
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