Archive for October, 2009

Hot Air Balloon Flying Weather for Last Week of 2009 Flying Season

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

After a beautiful day on Monday, our weather will go down hill again for the next couple of days. This morning, there is a low level wind shear of 30kts about 1500 ft above ground level which is keeping our flight on the ground this morning. Rain returns for Wednesday, with improving weather for Thursday and early Friday. The weekend looks typical for this month, probably not flyable. Maybe we will get to do our flights on Sunday, but currently they are forecasting windy conditions with lake effect rain/snow showers post Saturday’s frontal passage and rain. The wife and I took a tour of southern Washington County a week ago to enjoy the fall colors and the gorgeous scenery. One of our favorite drives is between south of Cambridge and Greenwich, and north of Eagle Bridge and Schaghticok. It’s an area that looks more early to mid 20th, rather than 21st century.

Summit Rd view

Summit Rd view

Historic Stump Church

Historic Stump Church

This past Sunday, we also took a drive out East of Argyle in the Hebron’s along Cty Rt 31. The late fall colors were spectacular, especially the views along Halls Pond Rd. We then traveled toward West Pawlet in VT to Ruppert, then back to the beautiful village of Salem and back home. Sunday was a lovely day to explore after the heavy rains of Friday and Saturday. The flying season is rapidly coming to a close. Looking forward to our trip to Golden CO to visit with son Grant and his family, and then ski season.

10/18/PM Flight and Balloon Flying Weather for the Week

Monday, October 19th, 2009

It’s now late fall flying and we had a couple on-board last night from the Capital District for a private flight. You could really notice the dividing line in the sky between the clear skies our way and the coastal storm that brought snow to the New England Patriot’s football game in Boston.

Bob and Denise

Bob and Denise

The flying weather for hot air balloon rides looks good for most of this week with near average temps for this time of year, much warmer than last week. We have plenty of space available for flights on mornings only during the week and just a couple of spaces left for the coming weekend. The weekend of the 31st – 1st is my last for this year. After that, it’s the spring of 2010 and a new season of hot air balloon rides in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, the Capital District region.

This Morning’s Flight and Weekend Weather Update

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Brrrr, now that was a cold one this morning. Mid 20s, yikes!! We had 2 couples from the Capital District and a couple from Brazil brave the cold this morning.

Ron & Pam, Jennifer & Dirk, Renata & Mauricio

Ron & Pam, Jennifer & Dirk, Renata & Mauricio

Getting any more flights in this weekend is any one’s guess at this point. There is another coastal storm getting it’s act together for overnight into Sunday, and it appears some type of trough trying to move into the area for later today, ahead of the main coastal system. So we’ll see whether we get any more flying in this weekend.

Flights for this Week and Flying Weather for Weekend

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We had some good flying weather the middle of the week before the coastal storms started to affect our flying. We are not expecting much, if any precipitation out of the coastal systems, but the wind is a problem for getting our flights up. On a positive note, looks like our weather will warm up during the coming week and we are still available during theĀ  morning for flights during the week, morning and afternoons on the weekends until the end of the month.

The Hanus Group on a frosty Wednesday Morning

The Hanus Group on a frosty Wednesday Morning

The Sisario Family on a lovely Wednesday afternoon

The Sisario Family on a lovely Wednesday afternoon

Pat and Barbara on a frosty Friday morning flight

Pat and Barbara on a frosty Friday morning flight

Our other Friday AM passengers, Michele & Bob

Our other Friday AM passengers, Michele & Bob

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Flying Weather This Week

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

We managed a couple of flights over the holiday weekend. Weather wasn’t the best, but that’s been the recurring news for this flying season.

Our hearty Monday AM flyers on a frosty morning - Christine, Ed and Virginia

Our hearty Monday AM flyers on a frosty morning - Christine, Ed and Virginia

Our Monday PM flyers - Michael & Amy

Our Monday PM flyers - Michael & Amy

The balloon flying weather looks better for this week. After today, high pressure should dominate for a good part of the week, possibly right into the coming weekend. Frankly, we could use some good dry flying weather to end this not so great flying season. Our flying area does not need any more rain thank you.

Weather Update

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Looks like a strong line of storms about to pass our area, should be interesting. They are moving @ 65 mph – rather fast. It’s going to be tough to get many flights in this weekend after all the rain. After today’s rain, we have another rain event coming on Friday into early Saturday morning. It’s already very wet and muddy out in the flight area from all the rain we’ve been getting for the last 10 days. If it keeps up, we will end the flight season early since we will lose access to our take-off and landing sites for our chase vehicle. Our farmer friends that let us use their property won’t be happy with balloon activity in their fields, especially if they are having problems getting into same fields to harvest fall crops before winter.

10-06 PM Flight for Jay & Cara

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

On last night’s flight, Jay and Cara got engaged. Congratulations!!

Jason & Cara

Jason & Cara

The proposal

The proposal

The ring

The ring

Congratulations Jay & Cara!

Congratulations Jay & Cara!

Weather Update going into the Columbus Day Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

We will be getting a day of sun, alternating with a day of rain right through next week. It’s nice today, with rain coming for tonight and Wednesday. Clearing for Thursday, but it may be a bit on the windy side for flying. Rain returns for Friday afternoon into the overnight and maybe into early Saturday morning. Blustery weather follows the rain on Saturday with hopefully some improvement for flying on Sunday. Rain again sometime on Monday to wrap the holiday weekend. All flights are full through Monday other than the Thursday PM flight.

10-06 AM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

Nice flight this morning with 2 couples from the Long Island/NYC area. Foliage is not yet at peak, but getting close.

Donna & Bob, Gerard & Jennifer

Donna & Bob, Gerard & Jennifer

Balloon Flying Weather for Week of 10/5

Monday, October 5th, 2009

After a no go on Monday because of weather, Tuesday should be a good day for hot air balloon rides. Rain returns overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday. Weather should improve for flying on Thursday, possibly into Friday AM before another system moves through w/rain. The coming Columbus Day holiday weekend is looking good at this time. Check back for updates later in the week. The fall colors should be peaking right around the Columbus holiday weekend and should be good for most of that following week and weekend. After that, leaves will be mostly to yellows or down.