Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Day 2 Rained Out!

t rained a little over night, and this morning's forecast didn't look too good. There seemed to be a chance for a small window in which to fly between 12 and 3 p.m. We were given a task and gridded the airplanes. Here's what the sky to the west looked like at 12:45. Dark! Ominous! The wind was out of the east/southeast. Unfortunately, about 1:00 the moist air from the Rhone Valley overcame the drier airmass to the east. We were told the day was cancelled and that we needed to get the gliders to the hangar quickly. Within just a few minutes, all 17 gliders were safely packed in the hangar.

It's still raining steadily at 3:35 p.m. Urgh! The forecast for tomorrow? Who knows? One website people are looking at here is http://www.meteoblue.ch

It has all kinds of good European forecasts...well, it has all kinds of accurate forecasts, even when the weather is kind of unfortunate.

(Pics from top to bottom: Grid with dark clouds. Bruce Taylor (AUS) helps pack the hangar. Tim and Chip chat with Mike Young (GBR) about flight computers while eyeing the darkening sky.)

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