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> July 2nd at Metro: Did it ever go off?
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post Jul 3 2011, 10:35 AM
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So, after waiting around till 4pm, we bailed. Great to see everyone, but there was just NUTTHIN. Yet, when I got back to Royal Oak, the West looked pretty good. So, did it ever go off at Metro?
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post Jul 3 2011, 07:25 PM
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Sure did!!!!! But, you needed 10m extensions! It made all the difference in the world. I put up my 17m Zephr and it rocked!!!!! My experience now tells me that if it is blowing 8-10 knts at the bouy, it is blowing 12-14 knts up high. I strongly recommend everyone get a 17m with extensions for the summer months. U will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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post Jul 3 2011, 07:34 PM
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QUOTE(sojopo @ Jul 3 2011, 11:35 AM) *
So, after waiting around till 4pm, we bailed. Great to see everyone, but there was just NUTTHIN. Yet, when I got back to Royal Oak, the West looked pretty good. So, did it ever go off at Metro?


I went out to Muskamoot around 3pm. I had high hopes of a S/SW but as it turns out I was skunked like everyone else. When coming back into the Crocker Marina around 6pm a heat filled E wind kicked in. It was absolutely amazing the amount of heat being pushed by the storm front. It felt like a blow torch that was easliy 15F warmer than the St Clair air. I didn't have the guts to ride the edge of the front. After watching the news at 8pm later that night I'm glad I didn't throw out for a 7pm ride.
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post Jul 3 2011, 07:43 PM
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QUOTE(EJR @ Jul 3 2011, 08:25 PM) *
Sure did!!!!! But, you needed 10m extensions! It made all the difference in the world. I put up my 17m Zephr and it rocked!!!!! My experience now tells me that if it is blowing 8-10 knts at the bouy, it is blowing 12-14 knts up high. I strongly recommend everyone get a 17m with extensions for the summer months. U will not regret it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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What time did you ride? 3pm or after the front came through around 7pm? When I went out at 3pm I saw one kite at Metro (blue/white) and there wasn't enough wind to pull a 3 year old. The rider gave up after 10 mins.
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post Jul 3 2011, 08:21 PM
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QUOTE(flatwater rob @ Jul 3 2011, 08:43 PM) *
What time did you ride? 3pm or after the front came through around 7pm? When I went out at 3pm I saw one kite at Metro (blue/white) and there wasn't enough wind to pull a 3 year old. The rider gave up after 10 mins.


that was my 17 meter, it was blowing about 5 knots at that time

Around 4:15 the wind turned southwest and picked up to about 18 knots and stayed there until the storm front rolled in, it was a good storm with a blue and red sky, lightning and a terrible 40 knot gust that threw my 17m I had on the ground into the bushes.

after the front went through the wind turned north, and I left
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post Jul 3 2011, 09:00 PM
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Rob... The wall of hot air you experienced happens anytime it's really hot on land. I always look forward to it on my return to the dock after spending the day in the water. On days like yesterday it almost never blows in the Moot and you need to be more north in the lake. It also takes time for it to kick in out there and only on rare occasions have I seen it blow early. It seems like the hottest part of the day needs to pass before it triggers but when it does it's something to experience. A good rule of thumb is to be north of the Snai with the wind blowing hardest between the Snai and Strawberry Island. It will also crank at the second weed line on the north side of Goose Bay which is a killer slick because the water is 4 ft deep on the lee side of it so there's room for eating it when learning a new trick. Another great spot to watch is Grassy Island with all the cool water coming out of the north channel it tends to fire on the hot summer days but stay close to the island because it weakens quickly as you get away from the cold water.

If you still have my number and are on the lake in need advice on where to go give me a call and I'll guide you in the right direction.

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post Jul 4 2011, 08:04 AM
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Eric - glad to know you decided not to ride it out!!!!!! biggrin.gif
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post Jul 4 2011, 06:55 PM
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QUOTE(FellowCountryMan @ Jul 3 2011, 10:00 PM) *
Rob... The wall of hot air you experienced happens anytime it's really hot on land. I always look forward to it on my return to the dock after spending the day in the water. On days like yesterday it almost never blows in the Moot and you need to be more north in the lake. It also takes time for it to kick in out there and only on rare occasions have I seen it blow early. It seems like the hottest part of the day needs to pass before it triggers but when it does it's something to experience. A good rule of thumb is to be north of the Snai with the wind blowing hardest between the Snai and Strawberry Island. It will also crank at the second weed line on the north side of Goose Bay which is a killer slick because the water is 4 ft deep on the lee side of it so there's room for eating it when learning a new trick. Another great spot to watch is Grassy Island with all the cool water coming out of the north channel it tends to fire on the hot summer days but stay close to the island because it weakens quickly as you get away from the cold water.

If you still have my number and are on the lake in need advice on where to go give me a call and I'll guide you in the right direction.

Tom,

Thanks for all of the great insight. Unfortunately yesterday was a case of wrong place and wrong time. I began the day by mooching a boat ride with a friend to Strawberry hoping for the predicted S/SW. We waited at Strawberry for about an hour and all we saw was the 2-5mph S wind. We putted up to the North Channel by the grassy islands and it was dead calm. By this time it was 4:30 and I had given up on the day. Rather than wasting any more of our day my buddy and I decided to check out the scenery in Muskamoot bay and have a few beers. I'm sure you've been in this situation before. On our way back to Crocker around 6pm I didn't sense the wall of hot air until we were on the outer edge of Lanse Cruse Bay. There wasn't any building of the thermal wind. It was literally off to on. I'm still not sure if this was a function or time or location. I suspect it was more timing than anything else. It was also the first time my buddy experienced the thermal winds. In my post I said that a heat filled E wind kicked in. I misspoke. I was a heat filled W wind that was being pushed by the storm. Again I didn't think this was the typical thermal wind as these winds were on the edge of black skies with heavy thunderstorms right behind them. Again I decided not to ride because I didn't want to risk 30-50 mph gusts.
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