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Old Jan 06, 2003, 04:33 PM
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Best Wind Forcasts/Reports on the Net?

I've been looking on the internet for wind forcasts and not finding much, they mostly focus on precipitation and temp. Have any of you found any sites that have good wind speed and direction information?
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Old Jan 06, 2003, 05:30 PM
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I use Weatherbug for realtime wind conditions. DL the app input you zip code, and pick a location near you/your slope.
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Old Jan 06, 2003, 05:34 PM
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There is the ever-popular 'Wind Cast' by Intellicast

http://www.intellicast.com/Local/USL...&prodnav=d1_00
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Old Jan 06, 2003, 07:09 PM
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WeatherBug - The live wind data is sweet! The live data comes from a location really close to where I slope, very cool. It lacks heavily in the wind forecasting department though. The wind forecast data is generalized info for the entire SF bay area, but I live in the Monterey Bay area, not sure why that is.

WindCast (by Intellicast) - Live wind data is not as cool as WeatherBug's, but decent. It has a wind forecast for two days out like most other weather sites I've found, but you have to learn to read those pressure system maps for any kind of a 5-day forecast.

So still searching for a decent wind forecast that is greater than 2 days out.
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Old Jan 06, 2003, 09:27 PM
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Oh.. you want local wind forcasts for more than 2 days out? Forget it. The forecasters are happy if they give you a reasonably detailed idea of what the weather's going to be doing 24 hours from now from a local perspective, and otherwise general regional idea 2 or more days away. The major models they work with usually start to diverge about that far out.

If you want some idea of how they make their decisions, check out the technical discussions at wunderground.com..
Here's the one for SF.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayD...=San_Francisco Sometimes they have decent info about the wind.

I also really like wunderground's forecast graphs which are for 2 days. (also for SF)
http://www.wunderground.com/MOS/Disp...o&StateCode=CA

ian
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Old Jan 06, 2003, 09:42 PM
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Yeah, that is what I figured, but I had hope. Well, I am really happy with the WeatherBug app. They push a lot of advertising in your face, but if that doesn't bother you it has a cool real-time wind data display that I fell in love with right away.
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Old Jan 06, 2003, 09:56 PM
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If your willing to pay...

This is a detailed site.
http://www.iwindsurf.com/
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Old Jan 07, 2003, 12:32 PM
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As a windsurfer who used to live in the Bay area, no-one, and I MEAN no-one, is better at wind than Iwindsurf.com. Not only do they have some of the best forecasts you'll find, they also have real-time wind at more spots. I used to have a pager to tell me where the wind was blowing and by how much. Hourly updates if I needed.
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Old Jan 07, 2003, 01:14 PM
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Paying for wind data is a bit extreme for me. I spend enough money on this hobby already, at least that is what my wife says, hehehe... Maybe I was just lucky, but the WeatherBug app has stations delivering live data within 5 miles of each of my flying sites, not too bad.
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