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« on: January 22, 2013, 11:26 AM »

I have been doing winter flying consistently with the temperature in the 20s F range.  Today, the temperature has dropped  below 20s and together with the wind chill, it is below 10F.  I finally have to take a break and call off flying today and probably the whole week.

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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 02:46 PM »

Hard to fly with snow glowes on.
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2013, 04:25 PM »

Dude that is too cold.

Meanwhile... In the southern hemisphere.
I was flying the other day at 1pm in full sun and 43deg C, About 110 Farenheit.
Not the Hottest Ive flown in that was over 120F, the coldest was a mild 28F.
It does not get that cold in WestOz.

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2013, 04:45 PM »

i hear ya. i did fine at 24degrees but it is 8degrees and my rule is

no flying when the wind mph is greater then temp degrees!

Tmadz..I use mechanix gloves and they do pretty good. not the warmest but they do the job. Its a 50% chance that i can tie knots with them though.

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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2013, 04:57 PM »

Flew during two snow storms so far this winter.  It showed me that one location I had been hopeful about was never going to have smooth wind.  Reading the wind using the snow is useful.  The same field had horses in it also.  Had a horse pick up my 2.5 foil in it's mouth.  I keep horses myself so I knew all I had to do was yell to get him to drop it.  Was not a good idea to fly with livestock regardless.  At a much better location I flew in clear weather with ten inches of snow on the ground on Sunday.  Good spot but I learned don't toss your white kite stake over to the kite bag & expect to find it later.  When laying out the quad lines they did not snag on the weeds & that was good.  I am going to fly as much as possible this winter so I'll be ready for Spring.  Notice my message below about winter...
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« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2013, 05:02 PM »

Dude that is too cold.

Meanwhile... In the southern hemisphere.
I was flying the other day at 1pm in full sun and 43deg C, About 110 Farenheit.
Not the Hottest Ive flown in that was over 120F, the coldest was a mild 28F.
It does not get that cold in WestOz.

WA



110 Farenheit sounds like a fine summer day in our desert.  Cheesy  The 120F would drive me from the field. Our problem is we don't get much wind
during the high heat. How about your wind down under this time of year?
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« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2013, 05:46 PM »

I'm still waiting to be able to fly in a snow shower. Cold this week finally, but no snow tally (more than 1") for over 330 days The drought continues.
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« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2013, 06:26 PM »

Trigger:
8deg F, ouch...
Good rule about the Wind vs Temp.

Wayner:
100-110F is very common in Perth.
Getting some good midday winds at the moment.
Mild to moderate.

Tmadz:
I hope you get your snow...

WA
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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2013, 04:58 AM »

Near zero in upstate NY this morning. I flew at Liberty State Park in NJ a few winters ago when it was in the thirties with no snow on the ground and it wasn't bad. Next week it's supposed to get up into the thirties here so maybe I'll give it a try. I've been missing it.
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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2013, 06:55 AM »

about 35 degrees is my limit. below that, everything just is not much fun...
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