Posts Tagged ‘The Capital District’

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 Flights and Weather Forecast

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Albany-The Capital District, looks fantastic right thru early next week for our hot air balloon rides. Unfortunately, the flying weather did not cooperate for last weekend’s Adirondack Balloon Festival or our hot air balloon rides. But, for those who want to view the fall foliage that is rapidly coming-on, this is a great time to do it, and there is no better way than above it from a hot air balloon.

On Tuesday morning, I flew Ellen and her brother Gary visiting from West Bend WI, and Karen and Darlene, local from Queensbury.

On Tuesday morning, I flew Ellen and her brother Gary visiting from West Bend WI, and Karen and Darlene, local from Queensbury.

Wednesday afternoon was another beautiful day for flying, on-board was Craig and Susan from Queensbury.

Wednesday afternoon was another beautiful day for flying, on-board was Craig and Susan from Queensbury.

 

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.

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.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather for the Week

Monday, 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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Memorial Weekend Forecast Update

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Monday, 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.

Balloon Ride Weather Forecast for Weekend and early next Week

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Our weather continues to be beautiful for outdoor activity, including going on a hot air balloon ride. The National Weather Service forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany – The Capital District region, continues to be dry, under the influence of a blocking high pressure area, parked over the northeastern part of the United States. If anyone is interested in going on a balloon ride during a pretty time of spring, now is your opportunity – we have space available on most flights right through next week. So, give us a call @ 518-793-6342 and/or check out our web site, and fill-out the reservation form to book your balloon flight.

The view from our hot air balloon

The view inside our hot air balloon

Our hot air balloon