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Old Jun 01, 2013, 12:57 PM
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How's your region for wind and direction this season?

Rant... 2013 seems to be completely different in my region from previous years. It's not just the usual directions that have changed but it's the gusts that ruin an otherwise good day: the forecasts might show 15mph but the gusts will be 35mph+... To me, there's little fun in flying that. Also, it'll flip 180 in a couple of hours.
The UK experienced the coldest and wettest spring in fifty odd years so I aint surprised that affects the wind so I've only managed two slope sessions this year
So, since this is a global forum, how's your wind this season??
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Old Jun 01, 2013, 01:31 PM
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Local Conditions

The slope I use most frequently has been amazingly good in the last couple of months & maybe even prior to that. Guess record atmoshperic CO2 levels are good for something! But their eventual effects will likely put an end to all sophisticated hobbies like sloping.
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Old Jun 01, 2013, 01:56 PM
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think I'll borrow that for all future references, 'sophisticated hobby'.

glad to hear someone's benefitting
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Old Jun 01, 2013, 06:04 PM
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Very disappointing so far...
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Old Jun 01, 2013, 07:27 PM
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The last two years have been dissapointing in my area also. Similar in many ways to your experience Ross.
When it does blow, it is very gusty and turbulent.
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 03:24 AM
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http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/tag/jet-stream/
Some interesting info
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 09:16 AM
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Well Id hate to say it but normal/super so far, the onshore flow has blessed Little Mountain with 20+mph winds on our weekends and Ive been enjoying it.
Hopefully the season gets better for you
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=iABYuT6HhcU
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 10:40 AM
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We had a bad winter, with big gaps where the conditions were non-flyable. The season has pretty much returned to normal now.
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 01:33 PM
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The last few weeks the northerlies have been much gustier here than I have ever known previously...

But then, 5 - 7 years ago, we never really got northerlies at all ...

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Old Jun 02, 2013, 01:37 PM
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After all that whining yesterday, I managed to maiden and pop my scale cherry today... 12mph coastal lift was perfect for it. All was going very well for 45 mins until the wind just died and the Ventus was left below the hill edge... not good, unable to get to the LZ behind me and left flying near stall speed.
Dialled in a small amount of camber which helped, twenty odd passes, got her up to the top and managed to flop it into the long grass.
Pretty hairy for my first time with a pair of high aspect wings.

When it was blowing the Baudis was great to fly, great whoosh on low passes and the tourists were snap happy with a pair of hunting kestrels on tow. Ta Gulf Stream



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Old Jun 02, 2013, 01:38 PM
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What country Stu?
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 02:39 PM
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What country Stu?
UK Jim (and Ireland)

We're on the same latitude as Moscow up here but its the warm stream that keeps us toastie
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 02:58 PM
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That is one fine looking slope you've got there Rossco. The whole place looks like a landing zone to me! Although I live in the Green Mountains, they are 100% forested, and good slope sites are hard to come by.

Conditions here have been typical for this time of year, with the wind nearly always between south and west. All local sites require east or northwest

There are rumors of Easterly winds for the end of the week....but I'm not holding my breath.
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 03:22 PM
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Conditions here have been typical for this time of year, with the wind nearly always between south and west. All local sites require east or northwest
Cheers Jim, I was once told that the regions' most common wind direction erodes the hill on that side, smoothing it flatter over a few thousand years or so. So I suppose as slopers we're up against it hunting for a steep slope made of anything other than rock??

And you wouldn't want to land out at this slope, it's a lot higher than it looks and you'd do well to gauge the beach alt within 100ft, especially on a scaley maiden gone wrong
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Old Jun 02, 2013, 03:52 PM
When the wind blows
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SOUTH AFRICA for slope lovers

Hi world slopers !
We have had non stop excellent wind for the last 7 years in Cape Town .
Summer season is the best with consistent winds in the right direction and sunny skies , South Easterly .
The Winter season just started and the first North Westerlys started blowing for the winter season which brings some rain and cooler weather but fantastic lift . Apparently in Port Elizabeth and Durban things have been great too !
I kept a log this summer season from Oct - May , 28 days of excellent flying , good have been more but couldn't make it to Hermanus ,100 km east of Cpt .
2013 Winter looks very promising too !
What about some pictures and videos of your slopes !
Anton
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