Weather for Flying
Weather is the number one consideration in flying.
Paragliders have a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour. Our national organization
recommends flying in base winds no greater than 15 mph with a maximum gust rate of 18 mph.
We also look for smooth consistent winds where maximum gust rates don’t exceed 5 mph in 5 seconds.
For ridge soaring we look for a consistent breeze coming straight into the ridge at a rate of
12-16 mph. For mountain flying we look for base winds of 2-8 mph and thermic conditions. We avoid flying
downwind of hills, mountains and even tree lines for fear of turbulence or “rotor”.
This Mammata shows extremely unstable conditions that paragliding pilots avoid.
We avoid flying near massive cloud development like cumulonimbus
which can create incredible areas of lift we call “cloud suck”
And extreme sink called “microburst” resulting in gust fronts. We generally like light wind flying.
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