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Intro to Weather in the southwest

Why stay out of the air today?

Weather for Aircrews – Basic weather info for non-professionals

Explanations of the tools below and more weather info

El Paso National Weather Service – start here!

Pivotal Weather – an outstanding site for anything weather but it requires some work and know-how

NWS hourly graphical forecast – temp, winds, & gusting at the surface

Meso West Region – current conditions at stations in the SW

Santa Teresa NWS (current conditions)

SPC Balloon Soundings (every 12 hours)

UoW Balloon Soundings – usually available before the SPC soundings for 72364 (ELP)

Jet Stream and 4 day forecast – Pivotal Weather (above) gives much more accurate info on the Jet

NOAA Satellite image of moisture and clouds over west Texas – NM

Windy – animated map of winds and other data over the surface of the world

Wind History Map – actual vs. forecasts

Weather Spark – Monthly, daily, and hourly graphical reports anywhere on earth

SkyVector Aeronautical Chart – road maps of the sky including TFR's

NWS Woods Hole, MA

Current and Future Events

Training & Flying – Fall 2019

Training - We are in the peak of our training season.  Payment of tuition will reserve your preferred date and time.

Introductory videos:  The Dream of Human Flight is now a Reality - The Joy of Paragliding – a fine video production by Steve Crye showing the elements of why we love to fly.  Let's go places (from Toyota), Featured video and introduction to paragliding (from the National Geographic),  Fly like a bird (from USHPA),
Paragliding in Franklin Mountains State Park (from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas).  Eagle Paragliding has this outstanding video on the front page of their website of a pilot flying in the Alps.

Nearly every country in the world promotes and loves adventure sports, like hang gliding and paragliding.  Switzerland even put an image of a guy paragliding on their 50 Franc note.  The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has opened the doors of Texas parks to USHPA pilots.  Other public land administrators in the U.S. should do the same.

Recent Events

August 14 -- Anapra Mesa, NM

Soaring the Mesa was a joy today even though it was a bit rough.   The winds would stop and go and change direction 10 or 15 degrees.  The air before a storm is always a bit rowdy, twitchy and why post-frontal flying is always smoother.

It's hard to tell but the atmosphere was on the edge: the dewpoint spread was close and temperatures high.  Just 30 minutes after this photo was taken, the sky began to OD.  It was obvious so it was time to get down!

It is good practice to fly in all reasonable conditions as it continues our education on how the atmosphere works, increasing our level of safety.

paragliding at Anapra Mesa, NM

Paragliding in Big Sur

paragliding at Big Sur

Paragliding in south central New Mexico.  The towering clouds in the distance are strong thermals coming off the Potrillo Mountains.  It rains a lot out there, probably double of what we get in the Rio Grande Valley.  Photo by Steve Crye

paragliding in south central New Mexico

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