NORTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – An unusual weather system expected to move through the Lake Tahoe area over the weekend, bringing cool temperatures and gusty winds, has caused the drone light shows scheduled to celebrate to be postponed. Independence Day July 3 in Kings Beach and July 4 in Tahoe City. Aviation forecasts predict winds and gusts at flight levels to be well above the limits allowed for drones to fly safely over Lake Tahoe, and would likely prohibit traditional pyrotechnic displays at these locations as well due of their similar wind speed tolerances.
As part of its operational requirements through the FAA and insurance, Great Lakes Drone Company is required to rely on Federal Aviation weather data that takes into account the effects of terrain and altitude as well than other FAA guidelines when making flight decisions. The North Tahoe Business Association, Tahoe City Downtown Association, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, regional weather forecasters and Great Lakes Drone Company operators all participated in the decision to postpone the shows.
“This decision was not made easily, nor is it something the collective group took lightly,” said Tony Karwowski, President and CEO of NLTRA. “Unfortunately, forecast wind patterns have not changed over the past few days, and reports indicate a 98% chance that drones will not be able to fly over the lake on July 3-4 within safe operational limits. how popular North Lake Tahoe is during the 4th of July holiday, postponing shows now instead of waiting to cancel them at the last minute is the right thing to do for our community.
The collaborative group discussed several ideas to determine what would be best for the North Lake Tahoe region and determined that an early postponement would allow residents, visitors and businesses to make other plans to celebrate the holidays. . Plans to postpone the drone shows to Labor Day weekend are already being evaluated.
“To say we are disappointed to have to postpone the Kings Beach Show and Beach Party would be a huge understatement,” said Alyssa Reilly, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association. “We have been eagerly anticipating and planning this show for several months, but by announcing this decision now, we hope people will have time to find other ways to celebrate and that they will continue to support our local businesses. ”
“Postponing the 4th of July Drone Show in Tahoe City was definitely not something we wanted to have to do, but we are working hard to try and secure other entertainment options in Tahoe City for party goers to celebrate and support. our business community,” said Katie. Biggers, executive director of the Tahoe City Downtown Association. “From a stewardship perspective and to give our business community time to try to make alternate plans, we didn’t want to wait until the last minute to make the call.”
“The NTFPD was excited to participate in the inspection of what would have been North Tahoe’s first professional drone display, but we appreciate the associations’ choice to act with the utmost safety in mind as they take the difficult decision to postpone the event,” Brent said. Armstrong, fire marshal for the North Tahoe Fire Protection District. “Wind patterns vary across the lake, it is important to remember that surface winds are different from winds at flight altitude. The conditions felt on the ground are not the conditions felt at the altitude where the drones fly. As we celebrate this holiday weekend, we remind people to dress in layers as the weather will be cooler than normal and conditions on the water are expected to be choppy. Please ensure that all boaters wear life jackets.
As a reminder to all residents and visitors, pyrotechnic fireworks are not permitted in unincorporated Placer County, and North Tahoe fire restrictions are in effect with ALL open and recreational fires prohibited. Learn more at www.ntfire.net.
The Incline Village drone shows on July 4 are still scheduled as planned and will take place on the college ball diamonds with much less exposure to the gusty winds that are expected to occur along the north shore of Lake Tahoe. For the most up-to-date information on the Incline Village drone show and celebration, visit http://ivcbskyshow.org. The Lumières pyrotechnic show on the South Shore lake is also still scheduled as planned.