Archive for August, 2009

Thursday PM Flight and Weather Update into next Week

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Very light winds, and clear skies for last night’s flight of the Killian family from their farm in Wilton.

Dan, Sadie & Joanne

Dan, Sadie & Joanne

We have a wet weekend coming up, but after that, we are looking at a dry stretch of weather for our flights for the final week of the summer season. My favorite flying season, the fall, is almost upon us. We have a number of spaces available on our hot air balloon ride flights for the coming week. If you’ve been wanting to go, this will be a good week to call to schedule in that balloon ride with us.

8/25/PM Balloon Ride & Hot Air Balloon Flying Weather Update

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Last night was a beautiful night to fly a couple from New York City

Juan & Renee

Juan & Renee

This morning we had a group from Michigan to fly, but unfortunately, there was a very fast low level wind that kept us from flying. After today’s frontal passage, we should have some nice flying weather at least through the Friday PM flight. After that, it will depend on what the developing tropical system does and the track that it takes as it heads north. We could be in for a substantial dump of rain on Saturday/Sunday, with rain showers continuing through Monday before another large high pressure system moves east to dry us out for a good part of the coming week. Here’s hoping the storm goes out to sea and doesn’t take a similar track that Hurricane Bill took and gives us a better weekend than it now appears.

Balloon Flying Weather for Week of 8/24

Monday, August 24th, 2009

After getting skunked over the weekend because of Hurricane Bill, the flying weather should be pretty good for a good deal of this week. There is a chance of scattered storms this afternoon, to be followed by a very nice Tuesday into the Wednesday morning flying time before a front moves through later on Wednesday, with good flying weather returning for the balance of the week into the early part of the coming weekend. We have space available on most flights this week. The mornings are meeting @ 6:15 AM and the afternoon’s @ 5:15 PM, so call today for your reservation to take advantage of this beautiful end of summer flying weather.

Flying Weather Update going into the Weekend and early Next Week

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Flying weather probably was ok last night after the warm front moved through between 2 – 4 PM. We’ve had some good friends, the Leahy’s from Clayton up on the St Lawrence, come down for a visit so didn’t bother booking passengers for Thur PM. Johnnie is the older bro of Senator Pat from VT and a long time friend. The flying weather for balloon rides is not looking good for probably right through the weekend now. We have the chance for some heavy rain today into Saturday with a stalled-out cold front waiting for Hurricane Bill to pass off the east coast into the Canadian Maritime’s by Monday. How much rain we get will depend on where the stalled-out front gets hung up.  An upper level low is positioned over the Great Lakes and will probably be overhead on Sunday with a chance of showers through early Monday, all because of the hurricane blocking systems from moving through. A much cooler and dryer high will move in later on Monday with another system forecast to move through mid week and then clear with a nice high for the end of the week. Keep the umbrellas handy this weekend, they will be needed! Looking forward to our fall hot air balloon flying season which is just around the corner.

08/20/AM Hot Air Balloon Ride and update on Weather

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

A beautiful morning for a hot air balloon ride with two friends from the Chicago/Hague area.

Arlene & Dee

Arlene & Dee

Unfortunately the weather now goes downhill probably right through the weekend. Hurricane Bill will hold up some of the weather that will be entering our area on Friday, keeping us wet until Sunday. Enjoy your Thursday!

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather going into the Weekend

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

There should be a brief flyable period after a frontal passage sometime late this morning or early afternoon for tonight and tomorrow morning. Then an unsettled period for later Thursday morning into Friday with a warm front passing to the north on Thursday, followed by a cold front late on Friday. Flying weather should improve again for later Saturday and Sunday into the early part of the coming week. Hurricane Bill will be passing off our East Coast Sunday into Monday. Depending on the actual track of the hurricane will in-part determine our weather for this weekend and early next week.

Balloon Rides over the Weekend and Weather for coming Week

Monday, August 17th, 2009

We had our best stretch of flying weather so far this season over the weekend thanks to a Bermuda high pressure system. We were able to accomplish a number of flights from the Friday PM flight through Sunday AM. We lost out on doing our Sunday PM ride due to a couple of storms that were near to our flying area during the PM flight time. One that was exiting the Albany/lower Washington County area and one that was advancing from our west and was withing 15-20 miles of us at flight time. We tend to be conservative about our flying decisions, especially when we have storms within 20 miles of our flying area and have low visibility with haze conditions like we had yesterday evening. Haze like we are getting now with the Bermuda High make it difficult to pick-out weather on the horizon that can adversely affect flight conditions.

Dick and Barb from Verona Beach

Dick and Barb from Verona Beach

Nate & Leslie from Pulaski, Loretta from SGF

Nate & Leslie from Pulaski, Loretta from SGF

Pat & Donna from East Greenbush

Pat & Donna from East Greenbush

Shel and Mike from New Haven CT

Shel and Mike from New Haven CT

Our weather for hot air balloon rides this week will bring a mixed bag. We expect a chance of scattered storms again this late evening with flyable conditions on Tuesday AM. By the PM on Tuesday, a chance of storms again as a front approaches from the NW. Weather should improve by either late Wednesday PM or early for Thursday AM with another front approaching for either late on Thursday or early Friday, possibly into early Saturday with improving weather for Sunday. As always, weather changes as systems approach, especially as Tropical systems from the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico begin to get active and influence weather patterns. Stay tuned for updates. We have a number of spaces available for balloon rides during the coming week.

Weather Update going into the Weekend

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Scattered showers and storms are expected this afternoon into the early evening. The hot air balloon flying weather looks to start to improve on Thursday into the upcoming weekend with increasing heat and humidity. We may have our best run of consecutive flyable days of this season. Hopefully we are in the beginning of a weather pattern change to the good for our flying season.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for this Week

Monday, August 10th, 2009

There will be no hot air balloon rides either today, Monday or on Tuesday due to the flight weather. The flying weather is currently advertised to improve for Wednesday right through the upcoming weekend. If this forecast pans-out, this will be our longest stretch of no rain so far this season since sometime in early May or April of this year.

8/8 Balloon Rides and Flying Weather into the coming Week

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Saturday was certainly the day this weekend for taking a hot air balloon ride. We flew folks from the area to include the Albany/Capital District area, Vermont and a young couple in town on a honeymoon.

The Saturday AM crew-David & Gail, Chuck, Samantha, Philomena & Mike

The Saturday AM crew-David & Gail, Chuck, Samantha, Philomena & Mike

The PM Flight Crew-Matt&Michele, Melanie&Serge, June&Dave

The PM Flight Crew-Matt&Michele, Melanie&Serge, June&Dave

The flying weather looks to pretty much go down hill from today right through Tuesday. The last half of the coming week looks to be mostly dry with a good area of high pressure moving into the area for some good flying opportunities. We have plenty of space available on our flights, so take this opportunity to call to book a ride during this week’s good flying weather.