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We are central to paragliding sites in the Vancouver, Chilliwack, Pemberton, Whistler, Bellingham and Seattle area so students enjoy maximum variety and we can work with weather to optimize selection of the best location each day.

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Monday
May212018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: May 21

Paragliding weather forecast for Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area based on data available at 0500. 

High pressure with partly cloudy skies clearing as day progresses.

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable becoming NW to 11 km/hr post 1200.  Valley wind early outflow to 10 km/hr becoming W to 10 km/hr with sea-breeze arrival. Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.4C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft N to 9 km/hr increasing to 19 km/hr. Valley wind light and variable becoming NW to 10 km/hr in afternoon. Novice peak lapse rate -2.2C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.8C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate.  Early katabatic flows due to partly cloudy skies.  Woodside for P2 pilots 0800-1300 and 1800-2100 with strong P4 advanced peak conditions 1300-1800. Bridal should be on today with light and variable winds becoming light NW yielding soaring conditions and strong thermals in afternoon. Bridal for P2 pilots 1000-1300 and 1800-2100 with P4 conditions 1300-1800. Chances to paraglide 80% early, 60% late. 

2. Paragliding Pemberton: -3.3C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Pemberton with light and variable winds aloft early becoming light NW.  Cross country potential in all directions.  Mt. McKenzie 0900-1100 for P2 novice pilots with very strong conditions thereafter and P4 advanced conditions to un-flyable over developed conditions at peak 1300-1800.  70% paragliding prospects early, 50% late. 

3. Paragliding Vancouver: -2.4C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Wait for possible clouds over summit to clear. Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1000-2100.  70% paragliding chances. 

4. Paragliding Whistler: -3.5C/1000ft XXX peak lapse rate. Blackcomb with light and variable winds aloft becoming light NW in afternoon.  Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 0800-1100. Then watch for very strong conditions and potential over development in afternoon. 60% paragliding prospects early, paraglding not recommended late. 

5. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.7/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 0900-1300 then watch for possible increasing north wind aloft and rough conditions in mid afternoon. Paragliding prospects 70% early, paragliding not recommended late. 

6. Paragliding Seattle: -2.2C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate. Tiger in lee-side due to increasing north wind aloft. Paragliding not recommended today.  

 

Sunday
May202018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: May 20

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0500. 

Low with mostly cloudy skies and 40-60% POP in Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton and Chilliwack areas. Partly sunny and 20% POP in Bellingham and Seattle. 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable becoming SE to 11 km/hr post 1100.  Valley wind early outflow to 15 km/hr becoming SW to 10 km/hr with mid afternoon. Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.4C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable becoming N to 15 km/hr. Valley wind light and variable.  Advanced peak lapse rate -2.8C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -2.5C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P3 intermediate  pilots 1100-1900. Low altitude of launch and proximity to ocean means less influence from winds aloft and sea-breeze likely to overpower upper wind effects. Paragliding prospects 70%. 

Paragliding not recommended in Vancouver, Whistler, Pemberton and Chilliwack today due to 40-60% POP and and E outflow winds at 3000ft putting most sites in lee-side.

Paragliding not recommended in Seattle today  due to partly cloudy skies, 20% POP and N winds aloft at 3000 ft placing sites in lee-side. 

Saturday
May192018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: May 19

Paragliding weather forecast for Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area based on data available at 0500. 

Transitioning pressure to low with mixed skies becoming progressively cloudier and increased chance of precipitation and risk of thunder showers in mountain areas as day progresses.  

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable becoming SE to 11 km/hr post 1100.  Valley wind early outflow to 10 km/hr becoming W to 10 km/hr with sea-breeze arrival. Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.4C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft SE to 13 km/hr, becoming light and variable post 1600. Valley wind light and variable becoming W to 10 km/hr in afternoon. Advanced  peak lapse rate -2.7C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -2.0C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 0900-1900. Paragliding prospects 80%. 

2. Paragliding Seattle: -2.7C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Tiger should be on today.  P2 pilots 0800-1200 watch for increasing lapse rate with P4 conditions 1300-1800 with the potential for over development late in the day. Chances to paraglide 80% early, 60% late. 

3. Paragliding Vancouver: -2.4C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate.  Wait for possible clouds over summit to clear. Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1000-1600.  Watch for strong conditions late in day.  70% paragliding chances early, 50% late. 

4. Paragliding Pemberton: -2.7C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Pemberton with light and variable winds aloft early becoming light SE.  Cross country potential in all directions.  Mt. McKenzie 0900-1300 for P2 novice pilots with strong conditions thereafter and P4 advanced conditions to un-flyable over developed conditions at peak 1300-1800.  60% paragliding prospects early, 40% late. 

5. Paragliding Whistler: -2.9C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Blackcomb with light and variable winds aloft and early and light SE late.   Cross country potential in all directions. Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 0900-1900. Watch out for potential over development and rsik of thunder shower in afternoon. 60% paragliding prospects early, 40% late. 

6. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.6C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate. Early katabatic flows and light and variable winds aloft replaced by southeast wind aloft mid-day.  Watch for crosswind to lee-side and rough conditions. 40% POP and risk of thunderstorm as day progresses make Chilliwack not recommended for paragliding today.

Sunday
May132018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: May 13

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0500. 

High pressure with clear skies. 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft light and variable throughout the day.  Early N outflow to 10 km/hr in Chilliwack becoming W to 10 km/hr with sea-breeze arrival. Novice peak lapse rate -1.4C/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft NNE to 10 km/hr. Valley wind light and variable becoming NW to 19 km/hr in afternoon. Intermediate peak lapse rate -2.3C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Pemberton: -2.5C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate. Great day for flying Pemberton with light and variable winds aloft and early light outflow in valley.  Cross country potential in all directions with smooth easy climbs.  Mt. McKenzie 0900-1400 for P2 novice pilots and 1700-2000 with  P3 intermediate conditions at peak 1400-1700.  90% paragliding prospects. 

2. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.4C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate. Early light outflow expected to subside with sea-breeze arrival. Woodside for P2 pilots 0800-1300 and 1700-2000 with P3 intermediate conditions at peak 1300-1700.  Bridal should be on with light and variable winds aloft allowing anabatic flow to establish fully. 80% chances to paraglide.

3. Paragliding Bellingham: -1.8C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 1000-1900. Paragliding prospects 90%. 

4. Paragliding Whistler: -2.7C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Great day for flying Blackcomb with light and variable winds aloft and early light outflow in valley.  Cross country potential in all directions with smooth easy climbs.  Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 0900-1900. 90% paragliding prospects. 

5. Paragliding Seattle: -2.5C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate. Watch for light north wind aloft causing textured conditions. Tiger for P3 pilots 1100-2000. Chances to paraglide 80%.

6. Paragliding Vancouver: -1.4C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Grouse for GMFT P4 advanced pilots 1000-2000 with 70% paragliding chances.  

Sunday
May062018

iParaglide Right Site Weather: May 06

Vancouver, Chilliwack, Bellingham, Seattle, Whistler & Pemberton area paragliding weather forecast based on data available at 0800. 

Low pressure with mixed skies. 

YVR 3000 ft winds aloft east to 13 km/hr, easing to light and variable. Early E outflow to 15 km/hr in Chilliwack becoming W to 10 km/hr with sea-breeze arrival. Novice peak lapse rate -1.C8/1000ft.

SEA 3000 ft winds aloft light a variable becoming SW to 26 km/hr post 1300. Valley wind light and variable becoming W to 10 km/hr post 1300. Novice peak lapse rate -2.3C/1000ft.

iParaglide Right Site Ranking:

1. Paragliding Bellingham: -2.1C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Mostly sunny. Blanchard Mountain for P2 pilots 1000-1800. Paragliding prospects 80%. 

2. Paragliding Seattle: -2.3C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Early cloud breaking up. Wait for clouds to dissipate. Tiger for P2 pilots 1200-1900. Chances to paraglide 80%.

3. Paragliding Vancouver: - 1.8C/1000ft novice peak lapse rate.  Grouse Mountain for GMFT P4 members 1200-1900. Chances for paragliding 70%. 

4. Paragliding Pemberton: -2.6C/1000ft intermediate peak lapse rate. Wait for early cloud to break up. Then spring conditions for P4 advanced pilots at Mt. McKenzie 1300-1800. 60% paragliding prospects. 

5. Paragliding Whistler: -2.8C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. Wait for early cloud to break up.  Then spring conditions for Whistler team P4 advanced pilots 1200-1900. 50% paragliding prospects. 

6. Paragliding Chilliwack: -2.7C/1000ft advanced peak lapse rate. 30% POP. Risk of over-development and thunder showers in afternoon. Early outflow winds aloft create lee-side conditions. When sea-breeze arrives and outflow aloft subsides, watch for rough spring conditions.  Expert P4 pilots proceed or not only with due caution. Possible narrow window 1300-1800. 40% chances to paraglide.