Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

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Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby kytbord » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:53 am

Hey folks,

Thinking of heading to Grass Lake again this Saturday. Wind forecast looks real good (as of right now):

Local date Saturday, Jan 22
Local time 00h 03h 06h 09h 12h 15h 18h 21h
Wind speed (mph) 6 7 7 12 14 18 15 14
Wind gusts (mph) 10 14 14 18 21 26 30 30
Precipitation (in/3h) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Air pressure (hPa) 983 980 979 979 978 978 982 985
Air temperature (°F) 6 6 8 10 14 15 8 0

Let's hope those winds plus Monday's snow make it amazing! See y'all there!!!
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby Dutchkiteboarder » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:40 am

Really really really tempting!
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby Juani222 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:21 am

I'm in if the forecast holds...
Pray for wind!

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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby kytbord » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:38 pm

Forecast is sputtering, gosh darn it

...best wind on Saturday is 15 gusting 17 mph @ 3pm

rest of the day is worse / less :cry:
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby dbur » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:07 am

is anyone going? seems like it will be cold and not too windy...
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby kytbord » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:51 am

Well, the closest forecast I can get for wind for Grass Lake is McCollum Lake in McHenry, IL. They're calling for the following on WindFinder.com:

Time 00h ~ 03h ~ 06h ~ 09h ~ 12h ~ 15h ~ 18h ~ 21h
Wind speed (mph) 8 10 10 13 12 14 10 9
Wind gusts (mph) 15 20 22 21 16 18 18 15

but I can tell you it ain't blowing 13 right now, it's more like 5-10, and less at times, almost calm.

Unless it picks up later today, I won't be going... let's hope for better tomorro!!!!
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby dbur » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:46 pm

well, I decided to go and actually had a pretty good solo session from 1 till 3.30pm... I was on 13.5 underpowered at times but it was still enough to keep going, there is more fresh snow on the lake so board wasn't scraping ice like last Saturday.
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby West » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:04 pm

good call.....looked nice out today....did it clear off a bit in the middle of the day, and get sunny?

glad you got in a session, keep on it!!!! :)
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby dbur » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:01 pm

Out of curiosity I brought with me GPS and had it on for about one third of the session, top speed was only about 20mph, conditions were slower than last Saturday due to fresh powder and I covered slightly over 11 miles (with GPS on).

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PS note to self - do not leave knee pads in the car when learning to go toe side on ice
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby kytbord » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:16 pm

darn it - went out to do the driveway about 11 or so - sun came out, wind picked up & I seriously thought about going....

talked myself out of it when I checked the wx though

this tells me it's much windier out there than here or wx guys say..... will remember for next time....

Next time, if it's marginal, and you go anyway, can you text me please? Number's in the signature.
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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby Juani222 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:21 pm

Well it looks like it was good after all...
I hope to be able to join you next weekend...

See you out there...

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Re: Snowkiting Grass Lake Sat Jan 22 anyone?

Postby n8man » Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:55 pm

Where are you guys launching on grass lake? I would like to catch up with you some day. Ive been riding on fox lake.
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