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Dec 11, 2015, 09:04 AM
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Weather stations

Hi everyone,

I'm new in the world of gliders and I've a question about how to obtain weather datas (wind direction, temperature...)during a flight? Do you use weather stations?

Thanks you in advance,

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Dec 11, 2015, 11:53 AM
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If you live by an airport , ask them what the phone # is for the AWOS ( automated weather
obbervation system ) is .
It can be especially relevant to soaring in that it provides the dew point .
Dec 11, 2015, 12:21 PM
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Here's your local stations
Do you want to record flight data?
Dec 14, 2015, 08:48 AM
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Hi, thank you for your answers. Is the dew point such important for taking off and landing?
Yes Iwant, that I am looking for in the weather condition felt by the glider, not by a beacon which is at 50km. But it's perhaps not as important as that.
Dec 14, 2015, 09:30 AM
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Dew point are important in the calculation of potential thermal activity.
Dec 14, 2015, 06:01 PM
Lift is where you find it.
This is a pretty interesting website for wind speed and direction information and forecasts.
Dec 15, 2015, 02:54 AM
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I use this for RC weather...!dashboard;a=USA/OH/Hinckley

I graph Precip Probability, Temp, Humidity, Wind Speed, and Wind Direction.

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Dec 15, 2015, 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Piper J3
No, no, no, you have the URL all wrong, that's for some place in Ohio for crying out loud!

More seriously, Piper J3 is right, and Weatherspark is THE place to start. Put your locality in, check the 'Dashboard', then bookmark it. The downside is it requires Flash, which has more security holes than Swiss cheese, far worse than Windows.

The other great weather page is USAirNet's Aviation Weather which is a real-time reading from the airport. Again, bookmark it after you put in your state and locality or airport code.

Then just for sailplaners, there's Wind Map that's pretty, but not always useful.
Dec 17, 2015, 06:41 AM
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By watching more experienced fliers than myself and also from competing with proper sailboat racers they observe the weather on a different level and that's about it.

Clouds, wind, sea surface, temp. My suggestion to be a better pilot is that you start paying attention to your surroundings, look at birds, trees, wind in the grass, leaves, insects, flags, Sudden gusts, how cloud forms etc.

If you get into that habit you'll be doing it while flying and become more awesome.

The SMHI forecast and weather station can only provide a general picture. If you are on the Swedish West Coast also check DMI in Denmark.
Dec 17, 2015, 10:26 AM
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By far my favorite. Once you put in your location scroll down to the data table. The data table has everything I can think of
Dec 17, 2015, 10:39 AM
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Perhaps this is what you're looking for

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