Posts Tagged ‘Lake George’

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.

Recent Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

On a rather chilly Tuesday morning, I flew a young couple that are SUNY Albany students, who had just finished their finals and are looking forward to their final/senior year in college.

Michaela and Jonathan

It was a beautiful morning for flying, temps right around 32’s

What’s not to like, — a beautiful day and company.

OK, now for the weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs region part of this post. Expect flying conditions and the weather to improve as we head into the coming weekend. Temps should go up from the last couple of days, and the flying conditions should be good on Friday, Saturday and at least Sunday morning, if not afternoon also. So, if you have any interest in going on a hot air balloon ride, give a call to 518-793-6342 or contact me through my web – AdirondackBalloonFlights.com

Recent Balloon Rides and Mother’s Day Weekend, Balloon Flying Weather

Friday, May 10th, 2013

First up, the Mother’s Day weekend weather forecast for the Lake George – Saratoga Springs – Albany, Capital District region from Albany NWS. Put simply, is not the best for balloon flying. While Saturday looks to be rather on the wet side, Sunday will be drier, but with scattered showers and some wind. The best day for going on a hot air balloon ride will be Tuesday and maybe Wednesday morning of the coming week.

Now for our recent flights—We started the hot air balloon flying season with a proposal on April 28th.

Next, we flew Jay DeDapper and Tod Wohlfarth on Sunday afternoon, the 4th of May.

Tod, Marguerite (who assisted as “ground crew”) and Jay

Jay is a former political reporter @ WNBC in NYC, and Tod is Partner/Creative Director of Rock Paper Pixel, a brand strategy and design studio.

This weekend, we are heading down to Fishkill for the Northeastern Pioneer Aeronauts Reunion. I’m looking forward to getting together with some folks that I haven’t seen in quite awhile and who I originally got to know back in the early days of hot air balloon flying in the 70’s. The the modern era, pioneer days of hot air ballooning.

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

Happy Happy May Day!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

On a beautiful May Day evening in the Lake George/Saratoga Springs region, good eats, at our fav, go-to, downtown Glens Falls eatery, Bistro Tallulah – just the way I like it, a quiet night. Happy Anniversary!!

Tallulah’s

Cochon de Lait (roast pig) w/a nice Sauvignon Blanc for Tanni, and Seafood Cioppino w/a Double IPA draft for me.