Posts Tagged ‘Climate Prediction Center’

Recent Balloon Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Well, the flying weather for balloon rides in the Lake George/Saratoga Springs area for the Labor Day Holiday weekend, was a bust for me, as was the week going into Labor Day. The Bermuda high that set-up over our area did me no favors, just as it didn’t when it was here for much of early July. We did manage to get on flight in on the morning of the 30th.

A mother/daughter, Bonnie from Plattsburgh and Jena from Rensselaer up over Washington County.

A mother/daughter, Bonnie from Plattsburgh and Jena from Rensselaer up over Washington County.

Irina and Nikolay from Reisterstown MD were also on the Friday morning flight.

Irina and Nikolay from Reisterstown MD were also on the Friday morning flight.

It’s looking like our weather is starting to shift toward fall/winter with the passing of the Labor Day holiday. It’s amazing how it works, the calendar turns and we start our steady march toward winter. I have to admit that I do love the Fall time of year.

Fall Flying!

Fall Foliage Flying!

On another weather note with the coming Adirondack Balloon Festival, I don’t want to rain on anybodies parade, but the forecast from the Climate Prediction Center is turning familiar to last couple of festivals. Hopefully, the systems will shift off the coast just in time!

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather

Thursday, 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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather?

Monday, 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

Thursday, 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.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Weather Forecast

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Our National Weather Service forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs New York area is not changing much from what’s it’s been for the past 3 weeks, very progressive with rain and weather systems every couple of days, and increasingly cooler temps. While we are forecast to get a break on Thursday, it doesn’t look flyable. Then another system for overnight into early Friday with windy conditions during the day. Saturday looks good for balloon ride flying on the coming weekend, but that may be it until next Tuesday as we get a series of systems on Sunday/Monday with rain. With the speed and intensity of the lows coming thru, it’s looking like an active transition period to winter from summer. And, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting us to stay rather wet for most of the balance of October.

This is pretty much what the flying area looked like on the Monday PM flight. Our foliage has now reached it’s peak, and will be past peak next week.

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Update into Weekend

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

We have definitely been getting decent summer weather lately in the Lake George – Saratoga Springs area, especially this week, the flying conditions are ideal. Last Friday, I flew Pritish from Fishkill and Dev from Blacksburg, VA on a beautiful summer morning.

Pritish and Dev getting ready for their balloon ride over beautiful, rural Washington County.

Tuesday was another beautiful day for a hot air balloon ride. I had on-board, Marcia and Walter from the Rutland, VT area.

Walter and Marcia on the Tuesday evening flight, a beautiful summer evening in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs region.

The weather forecast for hot air balloon rides is great right through Saturday, and I have space available the next few mornings. So, if you would like to fly in a hot air balloon in our beautiful valley between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont, either give me a call at 518-793-6342 or contact me through my web site, adirondackballoonflights.com. The CPC precipitation outlook forecast map is hinting that we potentially turn wetter for the later half of July, so take advantage of this week’s weather if you can.

 

Recent Balloon Rides and Flying Weather for the Week

Monday, June 25th, 2012

We had a 50/50 weekend for flying our hot air balloon ride commitments. Both weekend morning’s were good for flying, while the afternoons saw unfavorable weather conditions for doing our hot air balloon rides.

Al and Terry on our Saturday morning flight, celebrating their 81st and 80th birthdays.

 

On Sunday morning, I had Sally, David and Louise on the balloon flight. Louise, who is Sally's sister, was visiting Sally and David from England.

The weather forecast for the Lake George/Saratoga Springs area for the first half of the week isn’t the best for doing hot air balloon rides. An upper level low will settle over the area bringing wet, windy and cooler than normal conditions, until later in the week, when it will finally move off to the east and is replaced by more summer-like conditions. There is a possibility of some rain again toward the end of the week on Friday/Saturday, but the forecast models are not currently in agreement on how the various weather scenarios will play-out next weekend. The Climate Prediction Center is currently forecasting, above normal temps and below normal precipitation for the 1st week of July, just in time for the 4th of July holiday vacation week.

Balloon Ride Flying-Weather Update for the Week

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George and Saratoga Springs region, for doing hot air balloon rides, improves each day toward the coming weekend. The best opportunity to fly will be in the morning’s until the upper level low finally moves off the coast of Maine and heads out to sea. High pressure is forecast to approach for part of the weekend, with temperatures increasing to summer-like, especially next week and into the following week. According to the CPC (Climate Prediction Center) outlook discussions, we should be under the influence of a ridge of high pressure, with above average temps and average precip thru the 20th of the month of June. So, hopefully that means no more cut-off lows parking over the NE, like this past week giving us unsettled conditions, with summer-like conditions and good flying conditions. We could use it!! Oh, and I have no flights to update since it’s mainly rained almost every day since Memorial Weekend.