Patrick JoyceWow, lots to catch up on. :) It isn't a record breaker, but hands down the most fun I've had in the Bottoms! Shared a thermal with 2 immature bald eagles from about 20:00 to 24:00 and at about 24:00 I entered a "flock" of about 6 mature bald eagles and lost all focus.
I would agree that Saturday was pre-frontal, but probably on the early side of the pre-frontal conditions. Additionally, because of the mild winter we are having, I think Sat was prime spring conditions. There was a great lapse rate and lots of heating at the surface, which created some great thermals. I was in 800 fpm up once! Lift that strong doesn't happen every day out there. And on a day like Saturday, with just a little bit more West component to the wind, the entire bluff by Richard's would be an easy soar and with some thermals around I'm sure it would be possible to sky out from the cemetery.
We are a group of paragliding pilots based in the St. Louis area.