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McLovin

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PostSun Aug 19, 18 5:35 pm    Squamish - Smoke vs. Wind Reply with quote

Anyone know Squamish BC well (The Spit) - getting ready to check it off my bucket list but seems like the smoke from the non-climate changing forest fires may be shutting down the thermals...

Anyone have some info to share? Thanks in advance

Mc

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   Squamish Spit.png 
   Squamish Today.png 

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Slappysan

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PostMon Aug 20, 18 9:01 am     Reply with quote

I wouldn't drive up while the smoke is here. The water is bone chilling cold and you really want that sunshine to warm you up.

The smoke has been messing with the thermals a bit but they are still active. Best bet for wind forecast is here:
https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e.html?mapID=02&siteID=06400

As you can see today they aren't even calling for any inflow winds.

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McLovin

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PostMon Aug 20, 18 9:23 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Slappy - too late already here... going to the Bike Park in Whistler

So I am reading you correctly? The desired wind for kiting is the INFLOW?

Maybe the wind Gods will smile on THU for the way home...

Appreciate your 411

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PostMon Aug 20, 18 10:22 am     Reply with quote

McLovin wrote:
Thanks Slappy - too late already here... going to the Bike Park in Whistler

So I am reading you correctly? The desired wind for kiting is the INFLOW?

Maybe the wind Gods will smile on THU for the way home...

Appreciate your 411

Mc


Inflow is exactly what you want. Have a look at this page:

http://wtfbc.ca/temp.php

A strong temperature gradient going down the columns from Lillooet to Vancouver is a good thing. If Lilooet is 29C and Vancouver is 20C as is forecasted for today I would think Squamish is a go, even despite the smoke.

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PostMon Aug 20, 18 4:27 pm     Reply with quote

Slappysan wrote:
Best bet for wind forecast is here:
https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e.html?mapID=02&siteID=06400
Thx! Is there a preferred link for Nitinat or Nimpkish forecast?
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james

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PostTue Aug 21, 18 10:00 am     Reply with quote

I was there last weekend and the conditions were bad because of the smoke. Light winds because of the messed up gradients.

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Slappysan

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PostTue Aug 21, 18 10:10 am     Reply with quote

For Nitinat: http://wtfbc.ca/temp?station=nitinaht

Nimpkish is a long way away though, no experience that far up island with kiting.

Yesterday did manage 1 hour of 17 knot inflows at the Spit, but who wants to wait around all day for that.

You should also check the webcams of the Spit. That view from the mountains is the Sound and the Spit is just out of view to the right hand side. https://squamishwindsports.com/conditions/webcams/

Today might be a bit better, but if you are having fun up at Whistler then stay there.
I hear https://vallealumina.com is really cool too so might want to check it out. I'm going this weekend.

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PostTue Aug 21, 18 12:24 pm     Reply with quote

Things looking a lot better today, thermal kicking in around 1:00 with 20 knots.

Weather takes a turn from Thursday on and smoke or not the thermal doesn't look good.


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   tincam.jpg 

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McLovin

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PostThu Aug 23, 18 11:15 pm     Reply with quote

Awesome! Thanks so much for the great info and LINKS - will save for our next venture Northward.

Great unique spot - made it to the spit but just a PRE-run due to smoke and wind direction / looking forward to my Re-RUN getting back up there in season and FREEride modes.

Sorry Bike Park lingo rubbing off...

Really appreciate the tips...

Cool

Mc

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