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 71 
 on: August 30, 2015, 05:36 PM 
Started by Doug S - Last post by Doug S
Tom,

Thank you for the two pictures.  I posted them along with the construction detail pictures I sent you on my Google Drive.

Yours in kiting,

Doug

 72 
 on: August 30, 2015, 03:22 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by stapp59
For a variety of reasons, especially inland, winds can be different at fields just a few miles apart.  Anymore I check online (and outside) to see there is some type of wind then go with a range of kites and adapt to the conditions.  If I go I fly, even if just to test something in sub optimal conditions.

 73 
 on: August 30, 2015, 03:18 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by CrabCake
Thanks Allen.  You're very insightful and I appreciate the advice.

It's certainly not the first time, nor the last, that I will make that trek only to turn around and go home.  Dang it.  I look forward to my outing all week and when I come up short, I feel like I missed the precious few therapeutic hours that clears my mind.

But I digress.  Next weekend I hope to have a session with my Nirvana.

 74 
 on: August 30, 2015, 03:11 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by Allen Carter
Finding a weather station with a good wind meter close to your flying spot is the way to go. Problem is, most of the "internet" connected weather stations reporting in to various web sites are not very concerned with wind. Many of them have wind meters, but most home, and even municipal, weather stations do not have a proper place to put a wind meter. They are more concerned with temperature, rainfall, etc, which is relevant at the neighborhood level, but wind speed and direction are rarely relevant from these stations.

Look for airport weather stations. By their very nature, they are measuring wind without a lot of nearby obstructions, and the anemometer is high enough off the ground to be relevant. Wunderground is great, but sometime in the last few years they started removing the local airports from the default stations they pull data from. You can still get the data, but you have to know the name of the airport.

Wind "forecasts" are very often less reliable than other types of weather forecasting. Good real-time wind is great, and good historical wind records are very handy. What was the wind at 11AM yesterday? Or this time last year? That is often the best information to have to plan kite activities.

Wunderground has excellent historical wind data. Getting to know the "prevailing" conditions for your flying sites throughout the year is very handy. Keep in mind that direction is as important as speed, sometimes more important, depending on the site.

 75 
 on: August 30, 2015, 01:26 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by CrabCake
Oddly enough, I just drove an hour to my favorite spot which was reading a current 6mph wind and there wasn't even a mouse fart to play with.  I'm incredulous on the accuracy of our ability to predict future weather and climate when the highest elevation point within the zip code is so far off on current conditions.

a loser today.....maybe next weekend.

 76 
 on: August 30, 2015, 12:57 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by dayhiker
Here in the middle of the continent the winds in the height of Summer are mostly thermals and inconsistent. We get better wind from the north and west when they're large systems. Spring and fall are great, but winter has some really nice full vent/xtra vent flying for Revs.
Here in the valley between the ridges in western Virginia the winds are similar to yours Tmadz.  I too like the quite reliable NOAA wind forecast Rob.  Especially the hourly graph version which shows windspeed, direction & gust possibilities.  I also like to watch the skycover, temperature & precipitation potential on the same graph.  You can also go forward through the next several days to watch for favorable conditions.  But mostly I just look outside for the swaying branches beckoning me to fly.... SHBKF

 77 
 on: August 29, 2015, 08:49 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by Tmadz
Here in the middle of the continent the winds in the height of Summer are mostly thermals and inconsistent. We get better wind from the north and west when they're large systems. Spring and fall are great, but winter has some really nice full vent/xtra vent flying for Revs.

 78 
 on: August 29, 2015, 08:35 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by RobB
BTW, by me, the NOAA wind forecast is the most reliable. I would say they are 90%+ accurate.

 79 
 on: August 29, 2015, 04:07 PM 
Started by Palmahnic - Last post by CrabCake
What a great thread.  From tragedy to epiphany.

 80 
 on: August 29, 2015, 02:32 PM 
Started by CrabCake - Last post by Palmahnic
As per wind forecast, the ikitesurf is pretty good, though I prefer the wind finder app. Nicer visuals, pretty accurate and with current feed from different weather stations.
Nice video Rob!

Thank you kindly, Iftah.

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