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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.

Weather Update for Balloon Festival Weekend

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area for the balance of this week and the coming Adirondack Balloon Festival weekend, while not set in stone at this time, doesn’t look very good. The flying weather looks good for today, Thursday for the  opening ceremony (except for direction of travel from opening ceremony at Crandall Park), and at least early Friday before we start to be influenced by an approaching cold front that looks to pass overnight on Saturday. There is a possibility of flyable conditions on Friday evening and maybe Saturday morning (wind direction for flying remains a problem for balloon festival location), but after that, it doesn’t look very good at this time. Rain is forecast for Saturday afternoon, through the overnight into early Sunday, probably followed by windy conditions and some instability showers. There is a chance for a dry slot to move through on Sunday, cutting off showers, but not sure about the wind. Early next week looks dry and windy for Monday. Forecasts are forecasts, not the actual weather, just an educated guess by the National Weather Service with the help of their computer modeling. The Albany NWS forecast discussion tells the story.

A photo taken from my balloon by NY Post photographer Alexander Michael. A few weeks back, I flew Alex and reporter Michael Riedel for an upcoming story for the Post.

Another view of the flying area by photographer Alexander Michael.

Recent Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The weather over the past weekend was pretty good for getting some early fall foliage flights in. We didn’t fly on Saturday due to the overnight rain and wind was a factor in cancelling the PM flight Saturday. On Sunday and early Monday, the balloon ride flying weather was perfect.

On Sunday morning, I flew a Private Flight for Rick and Patty from Glenville. It was Patty’s birthday present from Rick.

On Sunday evening, I flew Don and Carol from Highland NY and their grandson Jared.

On my Monday morning flight, I flew two couples, Gracielle and Manuel from Yonkers, and Steven and Jennifer from Troy.

Now for the weather forecast portion of this post, brings heavy rain and wind today, Tuesday. Right now as I write this post, it’s already pouring outside my window. The weather should begin to improve later on Wednesday as a high pressure system moves east. Looking toward the upcoming 40th Anniversary Adirondack Balloon Festival weather forecast for it’s opening ceremony on Thursday, it looks good for the balloons to fly from Crandall Park in Glens Falls that evening. The weather is currently forecast to hold thru early Saturday, with a front and an upper level low to affect the flying conditions for later on Saturday, and into Sunday and possibly Monday. I will post a weather update when we get closer to the weekend to fine-tune the outlook for doing our balloon rides into early next week.

Recent Balloon Rides and Weather Update

Friday, September 14th, 2012

This has been a real nice week weather wise for doing anything outdoors, including hot air ballooning. After doing our annual tether on Tuesday morning for the Argyle CSD Elementary kiddies, I flew on a beautiful Wednesday morning some folks who were visiting the Lake George – Saratoga Springs area from Nyack NY.

Bert and Marester, who are Americade attendees, returned to  Lake George to do a balloon ride with us in our early fall balloon flying season.

Lauren and Peter from Loudonville NY, flew with me on Friday morning to celebrate Lauren’s birthday. Happy Birthday Lauren!

The hot air balloon ride flying weather forecast looks good for Sunday and Monday, before we get what is being advertised as a good soaking rain event, starting late Monday evening and most of Tuesday, before things clear-out late Wednesday, with a nice Thursday and Friday. Here’s hoping the weather cooperates this year balloon festival weekend, which is 22nd and 23rd.

Argyle Balloon Demo Day

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

This morning was beautiful for our annual balloon demo day for the Argyle CS Elementary kiddies. Baker and I travel to a few of the rural schools every year and bring our hot air balloon for a complementary tether for the Elementary schools in the fall, close to the big Adirondack Balloon Festival. Many of these kids never get a chance to get up close to a hot air balloon, so we bring the balloon to them.

Inflating the balloon for the Argyle Elementary School kids.

Elementary reading teacher, Noelle Waite on the morning tether at Argyle Central.

Our other passenger for the morning tether, Argyle CSD kindergarten teacher, Jennifer Bailey.

The flying weather is great this week, so if you want to fly, give me a call @ 518-793-6342.

Weather Forecast for the Week

Sunday, September 9th, 2012

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs region this week looks real good for getting some balloon flights in, after the miserable flying weather we’ve had for the past week, after the Labor Day holiday weekend. Monday probably will be a bit on the windy side for flying, but after that, conditions look good right thru the week, and I have space available on a number of my flights. So if you want to fly, this is a good week to call to schedule a hot air balloon ride with me. Call 518-793-6342 or contact me through my web site,

The Fall flying season is rapidly approaching. It’s time to make a reservation before the 2012 flying season comes to an end October 22.