Posts Tagged ‘Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather’

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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 Flight and Balloon Festival Weather Forecast

Friday, September 20th, 2013

We had a beautiful flight this morning out of Argyle with a couple of folks on a Private Flight.

Will and Lynn from Highland Mills NY.

Will and Lynn from Highland Mills NY.

Up, up and away from behind Argyle FD this AM.

Up, up and away from behind Argyle FD this AM.

View looking north with the fog down in the valley over the Champlain Canal.

View looking north with the fog down in the valley over the Champlain Canal.

An aerial view of the mother-in-law apartment. My passengers who have flown from Argyle will be familiar with this back story.

An aerial view of the mother-in-law apartment. My passengers who have flown from Argyle will be familiar with the back story.

Well, those of you who are planning on visiting the Adirondack Balloon Festival will not be happy with the weather forecast. As I type this blog post (3:48 PM 9/20/13), I suspect that the wind will present a problem due to speed and direction out at the airport for the Friday PM launch. And then, the rest of the weekend looks difficult, tho you may see a few fly on Saturday morning, but the speed and direction of the wind will be a problem again for flying from the airport. I am sure there will be a few hardy soles who will perform for the masses, but the rest of the weekend, Saturday evening and all of Sunday will most likely be a no go. Oh well, the weather does improve for flying on Tuesday of this week and for a couple of days there after!

 

 

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The weather improved over the weekend after all the heavy rain earlier in the week for doing hot air balloon rides. Our first flight was on Saturday evening –

On Saturday afternoon, I flew Nadine and Luke from Ballston Lake on a Private Flight.

On Saturday afternoon, I flew Nadine and Luke from Ballston Lake on a Private Flight.

On Sunday morning, I flew Julie from Clifton Park and her father Tom from Yonkers. Sharing the ride with them was Art from New York City on a gift flight.

On Sunday morning, I flew Julie from Clifton Park and her father Tom from Yonkers. Sharing the ride with them was Art from New York City on a gift flight.

The all important Adirondacks/Lake George/Albany region weather forecast for the week heading into the Adirondack Balloon Festival looks good for flying during the week, but a bit unsettled over the weekend. The weather charts from the Weather Prediction Center show high pressure over the area for a good deal of the week, then a frontal passage on Saturday. For those looking to view the balloons at the Adirondack Balloon Festival, your best opportunity will be on Thursday evening at Crandall Park and Friday evening out at the Airport festival location. If things work out, they may be able to fly on Saturday morning before the rain and wind with the cold front. Sunday probably won’t happen, but, you never know for sure until the day of with the weather.

 

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We did manage to do a couple of flights when we got a brake with the weather. First was the past Saturday morning –

Michael, Christina and Joie, a family from Huntington NY.

Michael, Christina and Joie, a family from Huntington NY.

On Monday morning, I flew 4 friends from Washington County, Fred and Phyllis, and Alyce and Ed.

On Monday morning, I flew 4 friends from Washington County, Fred and Phyllis, and Alyce and Ed.

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area for this week is not very good for doing balloon rides until we get to the weekend, specifically Sunday from what they are currently showing today. On another note about current showing of weather forecasts, last week I mentioned in my blog post that the CPC’s 7-10 day outlook forecast was looking wet heading into the upcoming Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival. Well, seems there has been a change of heart as far as their forecast models, and they are now advertising above average dry? Hey, it’s the northeast. Give the forecast a minute, and it’ll change – for the good this time!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Balloon Rides and Weather

Thursday, 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?

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.