Tuesday 2nd to Thursday 25th. In spite of some flyable weather, a light SE’ly that went into the WSW on Tuesday and a bright morning that clouded over with an occasional snow shower in a light to moderate SW’ly on Wednesday, the amount of snow on the airfield prevented any flying. Thursday morning added some more snow, with a very light wind from the E with fog and low cloud adding to the list of reasons for not flying but at least the temperature climbed above freezing reaching +2C.
Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th. Friday was a bright and sunny day with a light to moderate W’ly but is the only day of the year when the club shuts down so again no flying, not that the airfield conditions would have allowed any anyway. However, a slow thaw was in progress with the temperature above zero all day. Overnight Friday/Saturday saw some more general snow/sleet with Saturday having an initially light but increasing strength wind that started in the E but steadily veered into the S and brought in very poor visibility. With daytime temperatures above freezing, the slow thaw continued. Sunday continued the slow thaw but airfield conditions were still not conducive to flying in the light to moderate W’ly. A light NE’ly on Monday brought clear and sunny skies with the slow thaw continuing while on Tuesday the wind had gone into the E, freshening as the day progressed with the skies progressively clouding over with a couple of light rain showers around the middle of the day helping with the continuing slow thaw. An walk over runway to the public footpath was through wet snow and the view to the west compared to that taken on Monday 21st December shows the extent of the thaw at lower levels as shown below. An attempt was made to do some DIY snow clearing off runway 20 but was discontinued due to insufficient pushing power as the accompanying photo shows. The good news is that we now have 2 serviceable tugs with the Pawnee fully reassembled in the back of the hangar.
Snow cover Dec 29