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19/08/2012 Blackheath

Posted by Felix Mottram, 19 August 2012 · 125 views

The train from Lewisham to Blackheath was not due for another 25 minutes so we walked up the hill to the heath from Lewisham accompanied by unexpected light rainfall from high clouds.

Arriving on the heath we found from other fliers that what had been a good breeze for standard 1.5 sails (race rods) had faded some time before we arrived. A mix of CR1s and Zens were put up under the increasingly unusual cloud formations. It was not long before it was evident that the next approaching cloud would be thundery and this duly proved to be the case with some elaborate forked lightning across the Greenwich Park skyline. By the time we saw this, we were, of course, safely off the flying field and watching from a local hostelry.

The sky cleared and we set up the CR1s and Zens again but there was mostly very little air movement. It was a surprise, when for a short time, there was sufficient air to start a routine. Inevitably it did not get finished but it felt good to have started...

The weather forecast for Portsmouth looks very normal, unlike this weekend!


picture added, thanks Maggie...

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