Based on the WX forecast Friday AM, there was a general consensus that it would not be a good day to have a fly-in on Sat May 21st.
Although some HG and Advanced PG pilots will be heading out to Palomar to check out the conditions and maybe hang out.
Most felt that it would be better to push that date out to the next available date of June 11th so that there would be a greater possibility of good air and more pleasant conditions in the LZ for a wider audience of pilots.
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Forecasts & Models As Friday AM Update:
NOAA Forecast: (based on GSF / Global)
A 20 percent chance of rain before 11am. Patchy fog before 11am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. Light southwest wind becoming west 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
A 20 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light northwest in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Models via XCskies :
Global: 11am surface @10, 2K @10, 4K @5, 6K @10, 8K @20
Global: 2pm surface @10, 2K @15, 4K @10, 6K @10, 8K @15
NAM: 11am surface @15, 2K @10, 4K @15, 6K @15, 8K @15 with Surface gust 15-20
NAM: 2pm surface @20, 2K @15, 4K @20, 6K @20, 8K @15 with Surface gust 15-20
I would lean toward believing the XCskies NAM Model . . .
SDHGPA Spring Fly-in will be Rescheduled to June 11th 2016 based on the Blustery Day forecasts for this weekend.
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The Palomar Purple Star-Thistle round up work party on 5-14-16 was a huge success!
We were able to dig out and clear or able to effectively cut and remove a large portion of the seed heads before they were able to germinate and spread on launch. This was a big step in getting the Star-Thistle invasion under control.
A big thank you goes out to the 15 pilots that came out to help today!
After filling Wild Bill's truck with Star-Thistle till it could take no more, all that came out were able to get into the air to play with the low cloud base & mixing air.
Purple Star-Thistle has taken over the Palomar launch and we will be working to eradicate this non native invasive plant. This will likely be a several year project and take diligence to stay on top of until we get it in control.
Purple Star-Thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa L.) is a noxious, invasive weed that severely competes with our native grasses and wild flowers. It also has a nasty spiked seed pod head. Simpy mowing this weed will actually help spread it and is not an option. For more information, see the following Technical Bulletin from the Marin County Department of Agriculture:
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