By Peter Kelly

This page is for Ben.  There are a lot of articles on the Williams Today Pages that Ben feels would be helpful for new glider pilots to read — especially about the weather forecasting for soaring.  This is a list of some recent postings that discuss weather and soaring conditions in the Williams Soaring Center flying area. Posting here are listed in reverse chronological – most recent on top of this list.

Training articles on the Forum

Select the link to go directly to the respective posted article on Williams Today.

Picking the right day (9/8/19) to practice cross-country soaring

  • …This posting is about how to plan ahead. Fly on the good days. You need to…
  • …Monitor the various forecast tools. You should…


soaring saturday 31 aug?

  • …and followed nice convergence line south to Bessa Tower, exactly as RASP predicted. Never got out of glide home. Why the forecast was accurate south bound and not north i have no idea. I flew back north as far as Goat south to …


Soaring Friday 8/2/19

  • I practiced my final glide calculations by going from Goat directly to the Gold Mines, keeping WSC within glide, then pushed SW after a climb and then did a quick task to Dunnigan – again keeping WSC within glide at all times.
  • A detailed review of a flight always has the potential to improve the decision making on my next flight.


Soaring on 7/14
The “monday morning quarterback” report. As I look back at the fcst RASP’s I see they were not that far off. Those pesky cloud bases were certainly present – as was in the forecast. I slipped the surly bonds of earth by getting a tow by Rex to the singular cu near the Goat South TP. Wind was out of the south at 6,500 ft – where’d that come from? But I finally got up to 9,000 and headed north. It was….


1002km from Williams (Alex & Kempton)
I finally had some time to put down some words and pictures from my amazing flight with Kempton 2 weeks ago. To be completely honest, I think I must have missed 90% of the details in this post, but 10 hours in the air is hard to capture without writing a novel.


Soaring on 7-5-19
This post is not a thermal alert about an exceptional day… just another average day at WSC.
But, Kempton’s accomplishment yesterday is motivational – to be sure.


Thermal Alert: Sat June 29
Late spring conditions continue and this Saturday is a great example. A light front passes Friday eve, leaving behind enough moisture and instability for what looks to be a long distance Saturday


Thermal Watch Jun 14-17 Fathers Day Wknd
This coming Fri thru Mon looks very good with strong heating, within a week of the summer solstice, light winds and most important, good moisture (700mb moisture):


Solar Energy at Williams, why winter thermals are weak


Fri May 10: Wave Alert



End, for now – 9/9/2019


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