Idaho Kite Festival

by Micki
(Pocatello Idaho USA)

40 at a time.

40 at a time.

The Idaho Kite Festival's first train took to the sky in 2008.

I was so struck by the sight of 100-kite stacks floating over WSIKF that I came home and enlisted the team in creating our own. We used Dan Kurahashi's Malay kite design, and not a whole lot of technique. I have to admit that with Idaho winds, more gusts than the steady beach breezes of coastal festivals, we didn't have high hopes of flying it.

Unable to admit defeat during the rain and occasional breezes of 2008's Idaho Kite Festival, we dissembled our 130-kite train into 3 sections, and were able to fly the train... in parts... sometimes...

Stay tuned for our next effort - IKF 2009 is October 1-3!

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Inland Winds
by: Tim Parish

We know all about inland winds, and we're not even that far from the ocean... Anyway, the kite trains pictured are still something that would impress a new-comer, I'm sure. One day the biggie will lift off.

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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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