Archive for October, 2012

Wrapping the 2012 Flight Season

Friday, October 26th, 2012

I have decided to wrap our 2012 flight season a bit early due to the very wet conditions that exist out in our flying area. For our type of flight, we rely on being able to access farm fields with our chase vehicle that transport our passengers and balloon equipment, out to our take-off and landing sites. Since the 3rd week of September, we’ve had almost as many days of rain as not, and conditions have deteriorated to the point where we’ve lost access to most of our take-off spots, and off-road access to potential landing fields for our chase van is very limited. The amount of rain we received with last Friday’s storm, almost equaled what we got last year from Hurricane Irene, which caused wide spread flooding. Only thing different from last year is, last year when Irene hit, we were already saturated due to a very wet summer, but this year, we had a dry late July and August, so the impact wasn’t as bad. Because of these flight conditions, it’s gotten to the point when doing a flight, instead of focusing on providing the best flight experience for the passengers, the pilot has to focus on getting the balloon to an accessible landing site for the chase vehicle, and dry for the balloon. Rather than do that type of flying, I’ve decided to wrap this year.

Baker, Todd and Phil will see you in 2013.

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…

Recent Flight and Balloon Ride Weather for coming Weekend

Friday, October 12th, 2012

On last Monday’s flight, I had a couple from Lake Charles LA on-board, Chris and Kerry. They met-up with Kerry’s family that came down from Maine. On the flight Chris proposed, and Kerry said yes. Congratulations guys!

Chris and Kerry for their “Private Flight”

The foliage color was at peak for the flight.

The proposal.

The ring!

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area for the next few days looks like it has for the last few weeks, changeable.  After this morning’s rain, we get clearing and wind for the afternoon. Saturday looks like a good day for our Adirondack Balloon Flights, then rain again for Sunday and Monday. It appears that we get improved weather around the middle of the coming week. This will be my last week for doing hot air balloon rides this year. I’ll start again next spring.

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.