Archive for July, 2009

7/20/AM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The last couple of days have been great for doing our balloon flights. Unfortunately, the good balloon flying weather is going to end for much of this week. This morning we had a couple on board from the Eastport area of Long Island. It was a fantastic morning with just some low fog to add to the morning’s scenery.

Rich and Eileen

Rich and Eileen

Balloon Ride Flying Weather for Week of 19th – 24th

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Currently, the best flying weather for the early part of the week will be today, the 19th and at least the morning of the 20th. After that weather will be difficult for most of the week, hopefully improving toware the coming weekend. Check back for weather updates for the weeks flying weather. We have plenty of space available on most flight for this week, so pick a nice day and call for your reservation.

07/19 AM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

It was the best morning for going on a hot air balloon ride this weekend. Had folks onboard from Albany, The Capital District area and downstate NY and NJ

Virginia & Gabrielle, Jill & Ali

Virginia & Gabrielle, Jill & Ali

Flying Weather for Balloon Rides going into the Weekend and early next Week

Friday, July 17th, 2009

The best chance for rain showers will be later this afternoon, Friday the 17th, through the overnight into early Saturday morning. Bulk of rain showers should lift north and east by the afternoon. An upper level disturbance over the Great Lakes/western Ontario will be building into the area behind the departing showers which will bring a chance of rain and/or thunder most afternoons through mid week due to unstable conditions aloft w/the upper level system – sound familiar? Upper level system looks to break down later in the week. With this kind of system, the best chance of getting a flight in is usually in the morning. There may also be opportunities in the afternoon depending on the cycle of waves of energy that rotates around these upper level low pressure systems. We have space available on most flights through the outlook period, so pick your day and call for a reservation.

7/15/PM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Tonight we flew Rabbi Applegrad and his wife Sharon from Lakewood NJ on a very interesting flight. Once aloft we found the winds to be very quick. We took off from the exact same field that we used on our morning flight, which can be unusual for us and then landed maybe 20 feet to the right in the exact same field that we landed this morning – very unusual. The one big difference in the two rides, was the flight time required to go the same distance. On the morning flight it took us around 1 hour to go the distance, but it took maybe half the time to go the same distance on the afternoon flight. Like I said, quick winds and a quick landing. It’s the type of situation where you appreciate having an experienced hand on the tiller to guide the ship into port for a safe landing.

Rabbi Applegrad

Rabbi Applegrad

Hot Air Balloon Flying Weather Update into the Weekend of 7/18-19

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Today, Wednesday is a beautiful day. Thursday rain is forecast off and on through the overnight. Friday may start dry with rain showers possible in the afternoon. Then the weekend! Saturday is currently being advertised as setting up to be a very wet day-like we haven’t seen this before on our weekends this summer? Sunday may be dry-somewhat w/what’s described as unsettled weather through Tuesday – it’s another cut off low up over the Great Lakes through the period. It’s like the Bill Murray movie Ground Hog Day, you wake up to the same thing over and over….

7/15/AM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009

Another beautiful morning for hot air ballooning. Flew a pair of ladies in town on vacation w/family from MA. It appears that our cut-off low may have finally left the building-at least temporarily. So enjoy the beautiful day while we have it!

Maryellen & Nancy

Maryellen & Nancy

07/14/AM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Nice morning for a hot air balloon ride. A group of folks from the Sushan area joined us for the flight this morning.

Emilee, Shianne, Dan & Angela

Emilee, Shianne, Dan & Angela

Early Look at the Hot Air Balloon Flying Weather for coming Week

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

High pressure moves into the area today for the early part of the week, to be followed by some unsettled weather.  The best flying weather for going on a hot air balloon ride looks to be tonight, Sunday PM and probably Monday AM, both flights on Tuesday and the early Wednesday AM balloon ride. Other than tonight, we have a number of spaces available for our hot air balloon rides this week. So call to make your reservation while we have this nice stretch of weather. The best chance for rain during the week looks to be late Wednesday into the overnight. Check back for weather updates as they come in.

7/10 & 7/11 Hot Air Balloon Rides

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

The early part of the weekend offered good balloon flying weather. On the Friday PM balloon ride we flew a couple from the Chicago area and on the Saturday AM hot air balloon flight, we flew some folks from  Albany-The Capital District area.

Carrie & Ken

Carrie & Ken

Carol & Sue, Kevin & Marie

Carol & Sue, Kevin & Marie