Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather

August 22nd, 2013

Guess it’s time to get caught-up on the recent flights we’ve been doing. The weather for doing hot air balloon rides has much improved over earlier in the year. But, if the Climate Prediction Center’s 8-14 day outlook is to be believed, we may be heading back to an unsettled period for the last week of the month and the early part of September. I suspect we will get our opportunities to fly tho, especially for this coming weekend which looks great. So come on out and play!

The rides will be posted backward, starting with the most recent on back —

On the morning of the 22nd, I flew the Streeter family from Shirley NY.

On the morning of the 22nd, I flew the Streeter family from Shirley NY.

On the morning of the 21st, I flew Ed and Kim from Pompton Lakes NJ

On the morning of the 21st, I flew Ed and Kim from Pompton Lakes NJ

On the afternoon of the 18th, I flew Aimee from NewPort ME, and Justine from Watertown NY.

On the afternoon of the 18th, I flew Aimee from NewPort ME, and Justine from Watertown NY.

On the morning of the 18th, I flew David from Pay Brook NY, and my brave flyer from Brazil, Ivy.

On the morning of the 18th, I flew David from Ray Brook NY, and his brave flyer from Brazil, Ivy.

On the morning of the 15th, I flew Deny and Catherine from Kitchener ON, and Courtney and Scott from Baltimore MD.

On the morning of the 15th, I flew Deny and Catherine from Kitchener ON, and Courtney and Scott from Baltimore MD.

On the afternoon of the 11th, I flew Joseph and Natalie from the Rexford/Clifton Park NY area, and Alec and Maryann from Albany NY

On the afternoon of the 11th, I flew Joseph and Natalie from the Rexford/Clifton Park NY area, and Alec and Maryann from Albany NY

On the morning of the 11th, I flew Marc and Devin from Goshen NY, and Jeff and Sheri from Watertown NY.

On the morning of the 11th, I flew Marc and Devin from Goshen NY, and Jeff and Sheri from Watertown NY.

Our fall flying season is rapidly approaching, so get your reservations in to view the fall foliage. That’s all for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Balloon Rides and Weather

August 8th, 2013

It’s been awhile since I last posted anything, getting lazy. Anyhow, here are some recent folks that we have flown in our hot air balloon, starting with most recent.

 

On 8/5/AM, I flew Rob & Carol from Ballston Lake and Simone from Rexford.

On 8/5/AM, I flew Rob & Carol from Ballston Lake and Simone from Rexford.

On 7/31/AM, I flew Maria from Copenhagen, who was visiting Thomas & Laura from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/31/AM, I flew Maria from Copenhagen, who was visiting Thomas & Laura from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/27/PM, I flew Marlene from Greenwich NY, Suzanne from Waldwick  & Rob from Mahwah NJ.

On 7/27/PM, I flew Marlene from Greenwich NY, Suzanne from Waldwick & Rob from Mahwah NJ.

On 7/27/AM, I flew James & Sherry from Little Falls, and Erika from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/27/AM, I flew James & Sherry from Little Falls, and Erika from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/26/PM flight, Zach and Krystal got engaged. Congratulations!

On 7/26/PM flight, Zach and Krystal got engaged. Congratulations!

On Friday morning, the 26th, I flew Paul And Jacquelin from Brooklyn, NY.

On Friday morning, the 26th, I flew Paul And Jacquelin from Brooklyn, NY.

 

As you can see, our flying weather has finally improved so we can do some flying, and the forecast from the National Weather Service, looks typical summer flying weather through the middle of the month. After a couple of rain days now, weather improves over the weekend thru early Tuesday, and after some rain later Tuesday, the weather improves the rest of next week.

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather?

July 1st, 2013

It’s been awhile since my last post, mainly because nothing much has changed as far as the flying conditions, other than they have gotten worse as of late. So, there really was nothing to say. And my mother always said, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all! Anyhow, just to update the weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany and The Capital District, it remains very soggy, and once the rain finally lets-up, we will need some drying before we can even think of flying again due to very wet field conditions out in the flying area. The weather pattern seems to be tracking pretty much the same as the last 4 years (except each year, it’s a bit worse than the previous year). The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center’s forecast pretty much confirms this, at least so far. So, if it continues as before, we should start to dry-out toward the middle of July, and, by the end of the month, most of August, and the first couple of weeks of September, go dry for good flying before it starts raining again just in time for the September Balloon Festival and the fall flying season (before it goes dry again heading into winter and ski season). Hey, I’d love to be surprised and get something other than these extreme weather conditions, where it’s either excessive rain or excessive dry (like they are experiencing out west right now). And if anything can surprise, it’s the weather. So, here’s hoping for…

We'd love it to look like this, but, not until Monday - hopefully!

We’d love it to look like this.

This is the view you get from my balloon.

This is the view you get from my balloon.

Brighter days and good times!

Brighter days and good times!

 

 

Recent Balloon Flights and Weather Forecast for the Weekend

June 6th, 2013

Recent flights have been a bit spotty as of late due to the weather. On Saturday morning the 1st, I flew a mixed group, a couple from Astoria, and a customer from Scotia on a gift balloon ride.

Shawn and Vanessa up over Argyle on a beautiful morning.

Shawn and Vanessa up over Argyle on a beautiful morning.

Rodger on his gift balloon ride that morning.

Rodger on his gift balloon ride that morning.

Next up was the morning of the 5th. On board was a mother/daughter enjoying a gift flight over rural Washington County on a beautiful morning.

Bridget was visiting from Anchorage AK, and Chris is from Wynantskill.

Bridget was visiting from Anchorage AK, and Chris is from Wynantskill.

 

Now for the weather forecast portion of this post for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany – The Capital District, and the outlook for doing any hot air balloon rides this weekend. In 2 words, not good. Right now, the weather looks rather damp right through the next week of June, according to the 6 to 14 day outlook forecast by the Climate Prediction Center.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather for the Week

June 3rd, 2013

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, The Capital District, looks possible on Tuesday, and the best on the Wednesday AM and PM flight windows for going on a hot air balloon ride. Right now, later in the week into the upcoming weekend doesn’t look so good for going on a hot air balloon ride. I have space available, so either give me a call @ 518-793-6342 or contact me through my web site @ AdirondackBalloonFlights.com

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Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather

May 24th, 2013
We'd love it to look like this, but, not until Monday - hopefully!

We’d love it to look like this, but, not until Monday – hopefully!

Expect summer-like weather to return next week, so it should look like this again then for our Adirondack Balloon Flights hot air balloon rides.

Memorial Weekend Forecast Update

May 24th, 2013

Well, the weather forecast update isn’t very pretty for the Memorial Holiday Weekend. When I originally posted the weekend forecast on Tuesday, the weather looked pretty good going into the weekend according to the National Weather Service. The Albany NWS forecast discussion did mention tho, the possibility of a cut-off low forming off the New Jersey Coast and it hanging around for most of the weekend. It now looks like what they were at the time considering the outlier computer model, is not the consensus forecast model for the weekend. If you are visiting the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, The Capital District region over the Memorial Holiday Weekend, expect November like weather. If you are heading into the Adirondacks, expect the chance of snow showers in the higher elevations Saturday/early Sunday. The rest of the area will be a cold rain and wind, especially on Saturday, with some improvement on Sunday, and hopefully a somewhat decent Monday – we’ll see.

Memorial Weekend Weather Forecast for Balloon Rides

May 21st, 2013

The Albany National Weather Service forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, and Albany, The Capital District region is stormy until Friday, with improving weather by the Memorial Holiday Weekend. The weather for doing a hot air balloon ride looks best on Sunday and Monday. I have availability so give a call to 518-793-6342 if interested in flying this Memorial Day Weekend, or contact me thru my Adirondack Balloon Flights web site.

The view from the balloon, looking toward the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for this Week

May 20th, 2013

The weather forecast for Adirondack hot air balloon rides this week in the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, The Capital District region does not look very promising until the coming Memorial Holiday Weekend. I have space available on my Adirondack Balloon flights this Memorial Day Weekend, so give a call to 518-793-6342 to book a balloon ride with me or contact me through my web site – AdirondackBalloonFlights.com.

The view of the early morning mist in the mountain valleys from our balloon.

Recent Hot Air Balloon Ride

May 19th, 2013

Saturday was a beautiful day for going on an Adirondack hot air balloon ride. On my Saturday PM balloon flight, I had a proposal by a young couple from the Hamilton, Ontario Canada area.

Tanya and Jeremy

Airborne over the Argyle, Washington County area.

The proposal begins.

The question?

On goes the ring.

The ring!

The engaged couple enjoying an apres-flight champagne toast, cheers!