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 Kiting in low temperatures

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DVM64



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PostSubject: Kiting in low temperatures   Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:45 am

At the risk of you experienced guys falling off the sofa with laughter can I ask ; if the temps are low, in the 4 to 6 degrees range and the kite gets dropped so it is wet do you ever get conditions where there may be a problem with ice forming on the kite or lines. Thinking wind at 20mph plus may cause wind chill low enough to be close to 0 degrees when the kite is in the air. Happier to get the p taken than not ask the question and somebody say "didn't you know that " when I'm swimming in. scratch Razz
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sonnyrider



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PostSubject: Re: Kiting in low temperatures   Thu Dec 11, 2014 10:54 am

I've kited in a minus temp with wind chill, had no ice form on kite or lines.

Bluddy cold tho'

Gotta love those easterlies in winter . . . .


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PostSubject: Re: Kiting in low temperatures   Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:50 am

Good to know thanks I'll tick that long shot off the list then
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PostSubject: Re: Kiting in low temperatures   Thu Dec 11, 2014 1:54 pm

I'll put my armchair physicist hat on for a second....

Seawater, being salty, has a lower freezing point than fresh water. Instead of 0 degrees centigrade for pure water seawater turns to a solid at approx. minus 2 degrees C.
Wind chill won't affect the lowest temperature it reaches, but it does affect how *quickly* it reaches that temp.

A quick toke on my pipe, remove hat... lol!
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