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#1 quaa714

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 06:34 PM

Given that our fun fly at Union Beach looks to be a wash out tomorrow, I was wondering at what point it becomes unsafe to fly given various different weather scenarios. In other words is ligtning about the only time where you would definitely not fhy?

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Posted 21 June 2008 - 06:46 PM

I would think aside from lightning, hail and winds over 50 would probably keep me inside maybe heavy snow as well flying in light snow is actually pretty cool if you ever get the chance to do so.
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 08:03 PM

As far as flying a sport kite, at a relatively low altitude, the weather becomes more of a comfort factor than anything else, as long as the winds are in the range of the kite being flown. Single line kites that can be flown at a much higher altitude should not be flown in the rain, due to the voltage differential that can build between the ground and the weather system above. The kite and line can become a conductor, especially when wet, and can cause a sudden discharge of the voltage differential. (lightning is just a huge static electricity discharge) Ben Franklin, if the story of him flying a kite in a storm is true, was VERY lucky not to be killed by the multi-million volts that can be generated in a lighting discharge. I witnessed the aftermath of a lighting bolt striking a tree next to a house, it removed several boards of siding off of the house! It also killed the 20 foot Alder tree.
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 09:08 PM

When you live in the UK you have no choice in the matter if you are to fly at all. Sun (Occasionally), rain, hail, gale - all the same to me. I did draw the line when the thunder and lightening started up over my left shoulder, but that only lasted a few minutes ;) Certainly rain would not stop us. The only issue I have had with rain was recently on a trip to North America when it is combined with light wind. In this particular instance the kite became so soggy that it was too heavy to fly! Didn't stop me trying for an hour or so though - you know what they say, Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
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Posted 21 June 2008 - 11:10 PM

I've had a couple of people mention that when they have been flying in damp 'thundery looking' weather the lines have started to tingle and even spark! I think that is a good sign to stop flying! Electricity has already been discovered - it doesn't need so doing again...

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 04:52 AM

ill fly in a light to moderate rain but t storms NO WAY.. as for snow hell yea that stuff is the best
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 07:29 AM

Wet lines are ~NO~ fun to wind up if you get caught in a cloudburst! YUK!!!

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 12:09 PM

Used to fly from a tent or from under a bus shelter in drizzle.Thers is always a risk of thunder and lightening though .
When i used to play GOLF.They always said.Hold Up A One Iron in a Thunder Storm.



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Posted 22 June 2008 - 03:30 PM

Used to fly from a tent or from under a bus shelter in drizzle.Thers is always a risk of thunder and lightening though .
When i used to play GOLF.They always said.Hold Up A One Iron in a Thunder Storm.



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Posted 22 June 2008 - 04:09 PM

well it just shows .. it never rains once plans get canceled
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Posted 22 June 2008 - 04:19 PM

well it just shows .. it never rains once plans get canceled


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Posted 22 June 2008 - 05:25 PM

AAAAARRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted 22 June 2008 - 07:04 PM

Wet lines are ~NO~ fun to wind up if you get caught in a cloudburst! YUK!!!


LOL Girls, :P :lol:
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Posted 23 June 2008 - 03:20 AM

LOL Girls, :P :lol:


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I can deal with a light rain, infact the outing which inspired that comment started out as just that and I stayed put. Once it started raining in earnest tho, it was just ugly. It took me a half hour to sort my lines out from that excursion. :cat_sick:

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Posted 23 June 2008 - 11:22 AM

cant wait untill brad posts the pics of our day yesterday
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