Detailed Predictions for: Lake McClure
Launch Altitude (f): 2000
LZ Altitude (f): 500
Sounding

Station:

KOAK

Date/Time:

26 NOV 2020

Temp/Wind data from:

NOAA Digital Forecast

Site Forecasts
Time
(Local)
High
Temp

Puddle
Temp

Wind
(mph)
Thermal
Ceiling

(ft)
Soaring
Ceiling

(ft)
Above
Launch

(ft)
Thermal
Type
Thermal
Index

(F)
4 AM Thu 40 40 E 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
5 AM Thu 39 39 E 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 AM Thu 38 38 E 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 AM Thu 37 37 E 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 AM Thu 42 42 SE 7 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 AM Thu 46 46 SE 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 AM Thu 48 49 SE 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 AM Thu 50 52 S 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Noon Thu 51 53 SE 7 1748 2000 0 Blue 0
1 PM Thu 54 56 S 6 4042 2000 0 Blue 2
2 PM Thu 54 55 SW 5 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
3 PM Thu 54 54 SW 5 2678 2000 0 Blue 0
4 PM Thu 53 53 W 3 1748 2000 0 Blue 0
5 PM Thu 50 50 SW 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 PM Thu 46 46 E 5 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 PM Thu 44 44 E 7 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 PM Thu 42 42 E 7 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 PM Thu 41 41 E 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 PM Thu 42 42 E 7 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 PM Thu 41 41 E 6 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Midnight Fri 41 41 E 10 712 2000 0 Blue 0
1 AM Fri 41 41 NE 12 712 2000 0 Blue 0
2 AM Fri 41 41 NE 10 712 2000 0 Blue 0
3 AM Fri 41 41 NE 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
4 AM Fri 40 40 E 8 712 2000 0 Blue 0
5 AM Fri 39 39 E 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 AM Fri 38 38 E 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 AM Fri 38 38 E 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 AM Fri 43 43 E 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 AM Fri 49 49 E 9 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 AM Fri 52 53 S 5 1748 2000 0 Blue 0
11 AM Fri 54 56 S 5 4042 2000 0 Blue 2
12 Noon Fri 55 57 S 5 4417 2636 636 Blue 3
1 PM Fri 56 58 S 5 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
2 PM Fri 56 57 S 5 4417 2636 636 Blue 3
3 PM Fri 56 56 S 5 4042 2000 0 Blue 2
4 PM Fri 55 55 SW 3 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
5 PM Fri 52 52 SW 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 PM Fri 49 49 SW 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 PM Fri 46 46 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 PM Fri 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 PM Fri 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 PM Fri 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 PM Fri 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Midnight Sat 42 42 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
1 AM Sat 42 42 NE 5 712 2000 0 Blue 0
2 AM Sat 42 42 NE 5 712 2000 0 Blue 0
3 AM Sat 41 41 NE 5 712 2000 0 Blue 0
4 AM Sat 41 41 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
5 AM Sat 40 40 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 AM Sat 39 39 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 AM Sat 40 40 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 AM Sat 44 44 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 AM Sat 49 49 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 AM Sat 54 55 SW 3 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
11 AM Sat 56 58 SW 3 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
12 Noon Sat 58 60 SW 3 5506 4378 2378 Blue 6
1 PM Sat 58 60 W 5 5506 4378 2378 Blue 6
2 PM Sat 58 59 W 5 4995 4007 2007 Blue 5
3 PM Sat 58 58 W 5 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
4 PM Sat 56 56 W 3 4042 2000 0 Blue 2
5 PM Sat 53 53 W 3 1748 2000 0 Blue 0
6 PM Sat 50 50 W 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 PM Sat 47 47 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 PM Sat 45 45 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 PM Sat 45 45 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 PM Sat 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 PM Sat 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Midnight Sun 43 43 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
1 AM Sun 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
2 AM Sun 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
3 AM Sun 42 42 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
4 AM Sun 42 42 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
5 AM Sun 41 41 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 AM Sun 39 39 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 AM Sun 40 40 E 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 AM Sun 44 44 E 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 AM Sun 49 49 E 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 AM Sun 54 55 S 3 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
11 AM Sun 57 59 S 3 4995 4007 2007 Blue 5
12 Noon Sun 58 60 S 3 5506 4378 2378 Blue 6
1 PM Sun 59 60 SW 5 5506 4378 2378 Blue 6
2 PM Sun 60 61 SW 5 6005 4744 2744 Blue 7
3 PM Sun 59 59 SW 5 4995 4007 2007 Blue 5
4 PM Sun 58 58 W 2 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
5 PM Sun 55 55 W 2 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
6 PM Sun 52 52 W 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 PM Sun 49 49 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 PM Sun 47 47 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 PM Sun 47 47 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 PM Sun 46 46 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 PM Sun 46 46 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Midnight Mon 45 45 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
1 AM Mon 45 45 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
2 AM Mon 45 45 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
3 AM Mon 44 44 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
4 AM Mon 44 44 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
5 AM Mon 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 AM Mon 42 42 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 AM Mon 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 AM Mon 46 46 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 AM Mon 50 50 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 AM Mon 54 55 W 5 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
11 AM Mon 56 57 W 5 4417 2636 636 Blue 3
12 Noon Mon 58 59 W 5 4995 4007 2007 Blue 5
1 PM Mon 59 60 W 6 5506 4378 2378 Blue 6
2 PM Mon 60 61 W 6 6005 4744 2744 Blue 7
3 PM Mon 59 59 W 6 4995 4007 2007 Blue 5
4 PM Mon 58 58 W 6 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
5 PM Mon 55 55 W 6 3662 2000 0 Blue 1
6 PM Mon 51 51 W 6 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 PM Mon 48 48 N 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 PM Mon 47 47 N 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 PM Mon 46 46 N 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 PM Mon 46 46 N 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 PM Mon 45 45 N 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Midnight Tue 45 45 N 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
1 AM Tue 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
2 AM Tue 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
3 AM Tue 43 43 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
4 AM Tue 43 43 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
5 AM Tue 42 42 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
6 AM Tue 41 41 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 AM Tue 41 41 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 AM Tue 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 AM Tue 48 48 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 AM Tue 52 53 S 5 1748 2000 0 Blue 0
11 AM Tue 54 56 S 5 4042 2000 0 Blue 2
12 Noon Tue 55 57 S 5 4417 2636 636 Blue 3
1 PM Tue 56 58 SW 5 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
2 PM Tue 57 58 SW 5 4787 3632 1632 Blue 4
3 PM Tue 57 57 SW 5 4417 2636 636 Blue 3
4 PM Tue 56 56 W 3 4042 2000 0 Blue 2
5 PM Tue 53 53 W 3 1748 2000 0 Blue 0
6 PM Tue 50 50 W 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
7 PM Tue 47 47 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
8 PM Tue 46 46 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
9 PM Tue 45 45 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
10 PM Tue 45 45 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
11 PM Tue 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
12 Midnight Wed 44 44 NE 2 712 2000 0 Blue 0
1 AM Wed 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
2 AM Wed 43 43 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0
3 AM Wed 42 42 NE 3 712 2000 0 Blue 0

DISCLAIMER: These estimates are intended to assist in daily site selection only.  No warranty is made concerning the accuracy of these estimates.  These estimates cannot be used to determine if conditions are safe for flying.  Conditions should be evaluated at the launch site by experienced pilots before launching.

Sounding: This is the site at which the weather balloon was released.  If the flying site predicted is far from the sounding site, the estimate is not valid.  Also, the sounding is done at 12Z (4AM PST).  If a front comes through, the sounding is no longer valid. The sounding becomes less valid later in the day.

Thermal Ceiling: the lower of the height at which the thermal stops rising and the cloud level.  We can't fly into the clouds, so it doesn't matter how much higher the thermal goes.  Remember that we can't get to the top of the thermal because of our sink rate.  Our upper limit will be lower than the reported ceiling.

Soaring Ceiling: We will stop going up when the thermal is rising just fast enough to offset our sink.  It is estimated that this happens when the temperature difference between the thermal and the surrounding air is about 2 degrees F. This number is an estimate of the maximum altitude we might reach if we start at launch height, and should be more reflective of our chances of soaring than the thermal top. Please let me know how this compares with actually flying, and I will adjust it as necessary.

Above Launch: The difference between how high we might get and how high we start. This estimate does not account for ridge lift.

High Temp: This estimate is taken from the National Weather Service website.  Puddle temperatures can exceed this temperature. 

Puddle Temp: This estimate is based on the High Temp and the National Weather Service estimate of cloudiness, and the angle of the sun.  When the sun is directly overhead on a sunny day, the puddle temp is esimated to be 25 degrees warmer than the high ambient temperature. This estimate now includes a rigorous calculation of the Sun Angle, and accounts for the seasonal differences in zenith and daylight hours.

Wind: This estimate is taken from the National Weather Service website.

Thermal Type: Blue (no cloud formation) or White (Cloud formation)

Thermal Index: This is the maximum difference in temperature between the rising packet of air (the thermal) and the surrounding air.  The difference in temperature is responsible for the buoyancy of the thermal, and larger temperature differences mean faster rising thermals.  A value of about 10 F or greater often means that the conditions are soarable.  Values above 20 could indicate rowdy thermals.

Validity of estimate: Many factors (including strong wind, fronts, cloud shadows, incorrectly predicted temperatures, etc) can affect the validity of the estimates. 

Author: Tad Hurst

Supported By: Alan Crouse [email protected]