"...took 30 minutes to go from 2600 MSL to 3000ft..."
Posted by Ray on 6/1/2012, 6:00 pm, in reply to "Re: 05/31 Flying"
Forgot to mention, especially for the newer members: this phenomenon is not atypical when it's overdeveloped AND the vertical extent of the cumuli is substantial: there is NO minimum vertical velocity required to form a cloud; thermals feeding an overcast can be very weak, even unusable. But if you are persistent and can get to cloud base...you can't get down. Because of the release of latent heat by the condensation in the cloud, lift at cloud base can be gangbusters...if you can get there. |
Bottom line: patience.
: Nice conditions report. Would have been a
: diamond day, except for the huge patches of
: overdevelopment. Trying to predict % cumulus
: cloud cover is even harder than predicting
: average thermal strength...the two are of
: course related, albeit in ways not
: completely understood.
: --Previous Message--
: Riz came down to give a checkride -
: was not prepared. 3 flights with Ray. ZC
: had a couple good flights. I had a 2 hour
: flight to 5500 ft, took 30 minutes to go
: from 2600 MSL to 3000ft, stronger and wider
: above (2K avg), nothing out west to Nunda,
: great day at 5000ft to the south near
: Cohocton and Naples, cold air came in around
: 3PM and everything got weak (1K avg)- temp
: dropped 10F degs in 30 min. Jack, Bradley,
: Cline, Jake & Riz, all flew too. Thanks
: to Lafford for the tows! Kling came by on
: the bike with a smoke.