NEWS:

June 29, 2009: This site is running the code developed by Tad Hurst.

I've done some tuning to make the estimates for Marshall, Crestline and Soboba a bit less optimistic. Why not submit your favorite site? I need site name, lat, long, LZ and launch altitudes and the zipcode.

- Alan

See the southern California RASP Model The detail grid covers the San Diego sites, but the 4km grid covers most of southern California.

Instructional video on reading the RASP Model


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Site Forecasts

Sounding

Station:

KNKX (alt)

Date/Time:

19 AUG 2018

Temp/Wind data from:

NOAA Digital Forecast
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Site
Name
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Torrey Pines Gliderport W 9 0 SW 9 0 W 10 0 W 12 0 W 12 0 W 13 0
Blossom Valley W 10 2221 W 10 2114 W 12 2114 W 14 2114 W 14 2114 W 13 2114
Horse Canyon W 9 5383 W 10 3843 W 13 2426 NW 14 2211 W 15 2211 W 13 3843
Little Black W 10 1133 W 10 1153 W 12 1133 W 13 1133 W 13 1133 W 13 1133
Marshall SW 9 2853 SW 12 2236 SW 14 1901 SW 14 1901 SW 14 1652 SW 14 1777
Crestline SW 10 0 SW 14 0 SW 16 0 SW 16 0 SW 16 0 SW 15 0
Mentone W 9 3001 W 10 2617 W 14 2458 W 13 1993 W 13 1339 W 12 1568
Kagel S 7 2749 S 12 2158 SW 13 2158 SW 14 2406 SW 12 1756 SW 12 1756
Lake Elsinore W 9 6008 SW 12 3431 W 16 3870 W 18 3870 W 16 3431 W 14 3431
Laguna E 9 7470 SW 15 6583 W 10 4408 W 15 3955 W 21 3955 W 17 5171
Big Black W 8 1986 SW 9 1861 W 10 1861 W 14 1861 W 13 1861 W 12 1861
Otay Mesa W 10 1563 W 10 1385 W 13 1385 W 15 1385 W 14 1563 W 14 1385
Soboba SW 12 3696 SW 13 3092 SW 12 2651 W 14 2651 SW 13 2328 W 12 2328
Henninger Flats SW 7 2828 S 12 2263 SW 12 2263 SW 12 2510 SW 9 1843 SW 10 1843
Palomar W 7 597 W 8 450 W 8 352 W 12 597 W 10 597 W 12 352
Thomas Mt NW 10 9180 W 10 8288 W 13 7109 W 16 6647 W 17 6081 W 16 7109
Winchester S 15 4508 SW 15 3995 SW 13 3872 SW 9 3872 SW 14 3545 SW 12 3545
Blackhawk W 8 9237 SW 23 8676 SW 12 7253 SW 17 6871 SW 16 6615 W 17 7740
Ord S 17 8030 S 20 5337 S 26 4894 S 26 4080 S 25 4080 S 24 4080
Warner Springs SW 10 8243 SW 12 7199 SW 13 4917 SW 15 5955 SW 15 5955 SW 14 7199

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