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Weather Info

Explanations of the tools below and more

Introduction to weather for ultralight pilots

NWS forecast Southeast OK

NWS hourly forecast Southeast OK

Le Flore county, OK – current conditions in Wister, OK

Stigler, OK – current conditions

Poteau, OK – current conditions at the Poteau airport

Kiamichi – current conditions near Panorama launch

Buffalo Mountain Flyers – current conditions & more at Buffalo Mountain

WeatherLink station at Buffalo Mtn – requires a free logon (more info)

MesoWest stations Ouachita Mountains – current conditions

Guide to safe flying

Weather for Aircrews – Basic weather info for non-professionals

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

SPC Balloon Soundings (every 12 hours)

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

NOAA Satellite image of moisture and clouds over the USA

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

Summer 2021

Introductory videos and information about paragliding.

Paragliding in the Ouachita Mountains

Launching from Buffalo Mountain on a good XC day!

Training month of July

On schedule – please contact us for training locations, cancelations, weather issues, and/or dates.

Recent Events

Saturday July 3 - Panorama, Ouachita Mountains

This was one of those days when the magic of this region appears and yours truly ridge-soared the east face of the range.  As far as the eye can see, it is mountainous forest.  If a pilot has to land, LZ's are sparse, if there are any within a mile or two.  Tree landings are, unfortunately, more common than they should be but greatly preferable to doing extreme maneuvers near the terrain or landing in water or power-lines.  View here is east into Arkansas.  The Talimena highway (not visible) snakes along the crest of the range for 40 miles.

Panorama, Ouachita Mountains

This is the view north from the same location as the previous photo.  The LZ is about 5 acres and just enough for a hang glider.  It is thermic!  So much so that sometimes, it is difficult to get down.  In the far distance Lake Wister and beyond that is Mt. Cavanal where our home is.   

Panorama, Ouachita Mountains


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