Posts Tagged ‘Fall Foliage’

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

We just had a very nice patch of weather at the end of September for doing some early fall foliage hot air balloon rides in our beautiful Adirondacks/Lake George/Albany-The Capital District region.

The weekend flights started on Saturday evening with a group of friends, Jeff and Maureen from Aberdeen NJ and Rose and Michael from Brooklyn NY.

The weekend flights started on Saturday evening with a group of friends, Jeff and Maureen from Aberdeen NJ, and Rose and Michael from Brooklyn NY.

The fall colors are just starting to come on strong.

Up, up and away over rural Washington County.

 

 

Next flight was on Sunday morning with two couples, Ken and Sharon from Blairstown NJ, and Ramya and Abhilash from Webster NY.

Next flight was on Sunday morning with two couples, Ken and Sharon from Blairstown NJ, and Ramya and Abhilash from Webster NY.

Ken and Sharon and the balloon shadow thru the early morning mist.

Ken and Sharon and the balloon shadow thru the early morning mist.

Ramya and Abhilash with the early morning mist breaking up over the upper Hudson River Valley.

Ramya and Abhilash with the early morning mist breaking up over the upper Hudson River Valley.

Next up on Sunday evening, was Doug and Jackie from Highland IN on a Private Flight, who made us a part of their extended fall tour of the NorthEast.

Next up, on Sunday evening was Doug and Jackie from Highland IN on a Private Flight, who made us a part of their extended fall tour of the NorthEast.

Doug and Jackie with the Green Mountains of Vermont in the background.

Doug and Jackie with the Green Mountains of Vermont in the background.

On Monday evening, I flew Rick and Penny from Nassau on a Private Flight.

On Monday evening, I flew Rick and Penny from Nassau on a Private Flight.

A paraplane visited during our evening air cruise over the Argyle area.

A paraplane visited during our evening air cruise over the Argyle area.

I wish that the weather forecast for the coming weekend for our Adirondack, Lake George Region was as nice as it was for the last 10 days or so, but, it looks like it will be a bit of a challenge to get many flights in thru early next week. There still is a lot of time left to enjoy our fall foliage flights, so get your reservation in before the season ends. Call me @ 518-793-6342

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Unfortunately, the flying weather was not good for us this past weekend, which coincided with the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival . That weekend seems to be snake-bit as this is the 4th or 5th year in a row that the Balloon Festival weekend has been mostly a wash for flying. Anyhow, Tuesday morning was beautiful for doing a flight for some local folks from Floyd Bennett Airport.

Karen and Darlene from Queensbury on-board from Floyd Bennett Airport

Karen and Darlene from Queensbury on-board from Floyd Bennett Airport

Ellen from Moreau and her brother Gary who was visiting from West Bend WI

Ellen from Moreau and her brother Gary who was visiting from West Bend WI

The weather forecast for the Adirondack/Lake George/Albany-The Capital District region is fantastic for flying right thru next week. The fall foliage is looking good, so it’s a good time to take a hot air balloon ride with us. Weekends are a bit full, but flights during the week are still available through our fall foliage flying season. So give us a call @ 518-793-6342 to make a reservation to view the fall foliage by hot air balloon.

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 Balloon Ride and Weather for the Week

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

On Saturday morning, I flew Sean and Melody, from the Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs area, on a frosty, clear private hot air balloon ride over rural Washington County. Some of the fall foliage is past and down, but the hill areas are still bright with fall color to enjoy.

Yes, there was frost on the pumpkin on Saturday morning. Notice the white in the grass area top right, it was low 20’s.

Sean and Melody. The sun warmed things up toward the end of the flight as the sun melted the frost away.

The weather forecast for this week for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area, looks to be pretty much as it’s been for the past 3-4 weeks, progressive with a couple of days of wet and a day or so of sun before the next system, and on and on…

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.

Weather Forecast for Columbus Day Holiday Weekend

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs weekend looks crappy, again. It doesn’t look flyable other than maybe on Monday, Tuesday and early on Wednesday, maybe. They are currently reporting 3 miles out at the local airport, but I can’t see more than 100s of feet out my window? Looks rather the same on satellite pics, lots of fog in the Hudson River Valley this morning. The forecast discussion from the National Weather Service out of Albany, paints a rather fall-like scenario through next week, with a number of systems rounding the base of a low anchored up in north central Canada, bringing reinforcing shots of cooler air. Looks like we are transitioning out of summer and into winter folks. It’s almost time to get the skis tuned for ski season!

We will be at peak fall foliage this week. Good time to fly, if you can.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather thru Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The weather forecast for doing hot air balloon rides in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs region for this week looks rather bleak, again. Rain for Wednesday and Thursday, then a short break for part of Friday before the next system moves in and stalls, again, over the area with periods of rain Saturday and Sunday. I guess we get to dry-out Monday/Tuesday. I’ll post-up an update later in the week, when I get a look at what we can expect next week for flying weather. Next week should be peak color for the fall foliage.

This is what the flying area will look like next week for fall colors.

The balloon is great for getting a close-up look at the fall colors from a different perspective – above!

And also a panoramic view of the fall color across our upper Hudson River valley between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Current Weather Forecast

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The weather forecast for this weekend in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area, in a word is crappy. We’ll be lucky to fly at all this weekend, or before next Tuesday. Too bad, the foliage is just now getting decent. Our fall foliage is usually at peak around the 10th of October. Hopefully the weather will give us some good extended flying conditions when we are at/near peak color.

This is what the fall foliage should be looking like about now out in our flying area in rural Washington County.