Flight Distances, Summer Vs. Winter

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Flight Distances, Summer Vs. Winter

Postby longreacher » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:18 am

A question about flight distances. I've been running the predictors since we decided we were going to do this project a few months ago. I keep coming up with flight lengths of about 250 km. I've heard that flights typically travel shorter horizontal distances in the summer months. Is this generally true of all locations? Is there any way to check what a typical flight from my location would look like in April or May, which is when our launch window opens.

The reason I ask is that the location I'm in has a limited geography to fly over. We are bordered on the West by the United States of America, and on the east by the Bay of Fundy and the Northumberland Straight, with a narrow isthmus of land connecting us to Nova Scotia. A 250 km flight puts us dangerously close to these bodies of water, and I can't go any further West without going across the border.
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Re: Flight Distances, Summer Vs. Winter

Postby tstowe » Tue Dec 27, 2011 2:40 pm

It's true for me. My first launch was in February and we had to drive three hours away to launch. It probably traveled 180 miles. We did a launch once in June and it came down 25 miles away.
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Re: Flight Distances, Summer Vs. Winter

Postby tstowe » Wed Dec 28, 2011 12:28 am

"During the Northern Hemispheric winter, the polar jet dips south across the lower third of the United States. The strength of these winds helps to bring colder air into an area of previously warm air and is instrumental in deepening low pressure systems."

- found at http://www.weather.com/encyclopedia/winter/jet.html
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