Archive for October, 2010

Weather Update for last Weekend of Flight Season

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The forecast isn’t good for the rest of the week. Looks like we have a nor’easter brewing for tomorrow, with windy conditions on the backside of the system on Saturday. If we get a heavy dump of rain, Sunday won’t happen even if the wind drops off, which it is not forecast to do. So, it is looking like this may be it for this year. See you in the air in 2011!!

Me flying one of my old Peacock balloons

Me flying one of my old Peacock balloons

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flight Updates

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Wednesday was a productive day for flying passengers. One of the better days that we had for flying this October.

Christina and Jill on the AM flight

Christina and Jill on the AM flight

Looking NW toward the Adirondack's

Looking NW toward the Adirondack's

Dena and Ryan on the afternoon flight

Dena and Ryan on the afternoon flight

Nate was also on the PM flight

Nate was also on the PM flight

Leaf Peeping

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

The weekend weather offered an opportunity for wifey and me to do some driving out in the country on Saturday and up in the Mountains on Sunday to view the fall foliage, which is generally in peak season. Windy conditions gave me some time off from my weekend flight schedule, so on Saturday we ventured out to rural Washington County, over in the Hebrons/Salem area. We found the color best east of County Rt 30. The closer you got to the Vermont border, the more past the color was. We visited all our favorite haunts such as Steininger’s in Salem, and the Battenkill Creamery and Garderworks, plus a new place, an open house at the 1786 Wilson Homestead in Hebron. Because it was going to be a windy afternoon again on Sunday, we took a drive up north to Chestertown to have lunch at the Main Street Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant. Then we took our favorite fall foliage viewing drive on Route 8, up along Brant Lake and up to the overlook on the way to Hague. The overlook views west toward Crane Mountain.

Main Street Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant in Chestertown on Rt 9

Main Street Ice Cream Parlor Restaurant in Chestertown on Rt 9

Chestertown in a quiet community in the Adirondack's

Chestertown in a quiet community in the Adirondack's

Brant Lake

Brant Lake

Looking West toward Crane Mountain

Looking West toward Crane Mountain

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Other views from the overlook on Rt 8

Other views from the overlook on Rt 8

The rock ledge on the other side of Rt 8 from the overlook

The rock ledge on the other side of Rt 8 from the overlook

Looking down Rt 8 back toward Brant Lake/Chestertown

Looking down Rt 8 back toward Brant Lake/Chestertown

Columbus Weekend Flights and Weather for Last Week of Flying

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

After getting near 10 inches of rain over last couple of weeks, we are finally getting a short dry period to get some flights accomplished. It was nice to see the sun and get the opportunity to check-out the fall foliage. On Sunday morning, I flew a local couple that had been rescheduled a couple of times this year and finally got mission accomplished. We managed to fly Jaclyn over her parents home in Adamsville and landed on her brother-in-law’s farm on County Rt 17.

Jamie and Jaclyn

Jamie and Jaclyn

On Monday AM, I flew a couple from the Newburgh area.

Tim and Diane

Tim and Diane

On Monday evening, I flew a couple from Clifton Park on a proposal flight, Adam and Courtney.

The proposal

The proposal

Accepted!

Accepted!

The Ring!

The Ring!

Darn late afternoon sun angle makes picture taking difficult with a point/shoot digital camera.

The flying weather will remain good for Tuesday and Wednesday, and maybe again on Thursday morning before our next rain event moves into our area. It has the potential to become a nor’easter, which may bring an end to the flying season for this year.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather Update for Columbus Weekend

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

After our area has gotten between 4-8 inches of rain for the last week, we get some drying heading into the long Columbus Holiday Weekend and into the following week, which is my last week of flying for this year. My last flight will be on the 17th. According to the National Weather Service forecast, the forecast discussion from Albany NWS, and forecast weather maps for the coming week, the best flying opportunities appear to be the Saturday PM flight, both flights on Sunday and Monday morning. There is a chance of rain forecast for later on Monday and Tuesday, but the forecast computer models are not in agreement if and when the precipitation will happen. The 7 day forecast maps show that next Wednesday will offer good flying conditions, and whether that will extend to Tuesday PM and Thursday, I have no clarity at this time.

Weekend Balloon Flights and Weather for this Week

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Well, we only managed one flight for this past weekend with the flying weather. We flew the Guerriero family on Sunday morning. We had a good, brisk flight with the fall colors getting toward peak. I had originally thought they would peak early, but it’s looking like the majority of the valley will peak right about on-time, Columbus Weekend.

The Guerriero Family

The Guerriero Family

The flying weather forecast for this week isn’t looking very promising. It should improve for the upcoming Columbus holiday weekend. I will be available for flights through the 17th of this month, then next year in the Spring of 2011.

9/29/PM Balloon Ride and Weather Update for coming Weekend

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Wednesday PM was a good evening for flying, kinda the calm before the storm. We had an unexpected wind out of the West for the flight. Usually, with weather coming up the coast, the wind will be either out of the southeast or southwest. But, the winds were lite and the sky was mostly clear. We flew 2 couples, one from Mahopac and the other from Marcy, which is near Utica.

Will & Diana from Mahopac and Patty & Nelson from Marcy

Will & Diana from Mahopac and Patty & Nelson from Marcy

Well, we went from a precipitation deficit to a surplus for the month of September in one day. We will have our flights on hold for Saturday to give the area at least a day to dry-out a bit from all the rain on Thursday and Friday. We hope to be up flying on Sunday. The forecast looks to be dry for a couple of days, at least through the middle of the coming week. The foliage should be peaking this week, so if you want to fly with peak fall foliage, this will be your week to do it. Call, we still have some space available.

This is how the fall foliage was looking on my 9/26/AM flight from 2,000 ft.

This is how the fall foliage was looking on my 9/26/AM flight from 2,000 ft.