Dry winds in the Diablo mountain range in central California that can exceed 60 miles per hour. Similar to the Santa Ana winds, they develop as the wind flows from high pressure over Nevada to lower pressure along the central California coast.
Aero Linx: Yosemite Hang Gliding Association
The Yosemite Hang Gliding Association is a chapter of the United States Hang Gliding Association chartered for the purpose of administrating Hang Gliding activities at Yosemite National Park. There is no other place quite like Yosemite and is there is no other view of Yosemite quite like that from a Hang Glider. Imagine launching from 7214 feet and soaring around mountain peaks that tower thousands of feet over your head and then aiming for a grassy meadow in the valley. The air is clean and brisk, the view is one of the best in the world, the flight time is long and you are hanging out with good friends. It can't get much better than this.
"Strong winds don't provide the best environment for stable flight, but these students were well prepared for the challenge. They learned the principles of what makes aircraft fly – lift, weight, thrust and drag – and put that knowledge to work."
Source: Rudy Loera, coordinator of the aircraft design program and integration manager for Northrop Grumman's X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System program, discussing the finer points of remotely controlled aircraft designed by high school seniors that took to the air for the first time in the culmination of a mentoring program sponsored by Northrop Grumman Corporation. The flight demonstrations, conducted during the last week of May, served as the "final exam" of a four-month curriculum i