Tennessee Tree Toppers

Sequatchie Skies
by Dan Shell
June 4-10, 1996

The summer solstice, the longest day of the year and astronomical first day of summer in the northern hemisphere, is about a week away, but temps have been moderated recently by a cut-off low to our north. However, the last frontal passage before this feature became dominant blessed us with a soarable day.

Tuesday started with a workable, but tricky, W cross. Mark Furst and Jem Moore took early flights to the bottom but broke down quick and made it back up for improving conditions. Curly Dunn reported the best altitude gain at about 3000 over, but Phil Proctor was right there with him. Direction and velocity improved by late afternoon ending the day with the sweetest wonder. Widespread light lift and very little sink anywhere allowed careful boating across the valley to town and back. Clark Harlow took Bernie Spring for a tandem soaring flight.

Wednesday was SW but Mark Furst was able to work a little one to about a 100 over while Curly went to the field cussin'. Jem Moore and Dale McCartney also indulged in sled runs. Flight of the day went to Steve Robeson who, with Dale's generous assistance, got back on the horse with a sled run after a long hiatus. Welcome to the beautiful Sequatchie skies, Steve.

The forecast calls for the cut-off low to move away to the north, but continue to drag gulf moisture across us through Wednesday. Thursday will be partly cloudy with a soarable W veering to NW and good convection on the backside. In fact, the map suggests it could go all the way around giving us a light N cross Friday and NE by Saturday. At any rate, it looks like the weekend will be dry.