Friday, March 5, 2010

Cooperative Weather

The weather seems to be cooperating for a flight from KBDR down to KVKX later today. When I arose this morning we had drizzle and flurries but these soon abated and the sky began to clear. The high pressure ridge running from the Great Lakes to the Gulf is moving slowly but steadily eastward. The map that's forecast for 00Z this evening (above) looks pretty good.

The pertinent TAF's also support an expectation of benign conditions. For the period of interest (roughly 21Z through 00Z) they're calling for nothing more than a scattered layer at about 5000 AGL - which ought to be easily avoided. Here they are:

KBDR 051907Z 0519/0618 35012G18KT P6SM SCT050 BKN120
FM052200 36011KT P6SM SCT050 BKN200
FM060200 36009KT P6SM SCT120 BKN250
FM060600 35007KT P6SM SCT250
FM061300 33010KT P6SM SCT250

KRDG 051724Z 0518/0618 34010G16KT P6SM SCT050 BKN150
FM060000 34010KT P6SM SCT050 SCT120
FM060400 33008KT P6SM SCT120 SCT250
FM061400 32006KT P6SM FEW060

KBWI 051720Z 0518/0624 33010G20KT P6SM BKN070 BKN150
FM052300 34012KT P6SM FEW050 BKN150
FM060500 31007KT P6SM SCT120
FM061400 34010G18KT P6SM FEW250

KDCA 051720Z 0518/0618 34015G23KT P6SM BKN070 OVC250
FM060000 34013KT P6SM FEW050 BKN200
FM060700 32010KT P6SM SCT120
FM061400 33012G20KT P6SM FEW250

Finally, it looks like I can expect an unusual tailwind. FltPlan.com is telling me to plan on a fairly quick 2 hours + 00 minutes enroute.

It's looking like it should be a nice flight.

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