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« on: November 14, 2010, 08:02 AM »

What is the best way to find out what kind of winds are in an area you what to fly. The weather reports on TV news and the weather Channel don't seem to work to well. Is there a web site or network out there for kiters.

Any information would be a great help.
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2010, 08:50 AM »

I use the Bodega Bay Bouy
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=46013
There's more information there than I know what to do with. I have made the mistake of just looking at the wind forecast and neglected the rain part.
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« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2010, 09:21 AM »

I use the airport readings and subtract 5 mph for my kite field. The hourly history gives me a feel how the winds have been trending - usually from sucky to suckier.

Link follows for Walla Walla, but you can search for an airport near you:

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pdt/common/displayTextObs.php?sid=ALW&num=24
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« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2010, 10:50 AM »

http://mesowest.utah.edu/index.html

select all networks and find the station closest to your field, they update hourly.

I also use www.weather.com and select "show hourly" and then the next tab

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« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2010, 11:25 AM »

My "usual" kite field is less than 1 mile from the house.

So, whatever the wind is at my house, that's what it will be at the field.

You might have a field near you that isn't optimal, but it is close. In that case, just go to the close field whenever the winds are best at your abode.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2010, 11:48 AM »

Thanks to you all for the information, I will use all of it.

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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2010, 01:11 PM »

I use this website. Personal/home based weather instruments that download to the 'net.  The link will bring up the Fairfield/Travis area.  It is a Google map overlay, so you can zoom and move to other areas.
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=38.28578949&lon=-122.01030731&zoom=10&pin=Fairfield%2c%20CA

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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2010, 03:00 PM »

Wunderground has nice wind graphs. You can look at the wind characteristics over several days or weeks and at various times of the year and get a feel for what the norm is.
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2010, 03:08 PM »

I use this site for wind updates and predictions.  It's pretty accurate and covers the entire country.  Just select your region and it will show several sites for wind readings.

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www.windmapper.com

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2010, 04:01 PM »

I look out the window, and check the tree's on the path to the beach

In Tucson I would drive over to the field (about a mile and a half) and check the wind, I normally have a kite that will fly, if not I will power walk around the place for my cardio work out and pretend I was leaving...the wind always picks up when you start to leave
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2010, 05:04 PM »

Flying inland is tricky. I have been flying in Central VA for 25 years and I spent a lot of weekends trying to figure out the local winds during those years. We don't have a wide choice of places to fly -  lots of trees and low winds along with thermals which slide across constantly, changing wind directions as they float  past. Frustrating.

The best system I have come up with is this - First- look outside to determine if there is any wind. Check two weather stations to determine wind speed and direction.
If the wind is coming from the SW, S or I will go to a park with exposure from those directions. East- another location with Eastern exposure. West, South and Southwest- yet another location. NE - forget it.

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« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2010, 10:21 PM »

I use Wunderground... which has the same info as any of the other sites. But what I also do is look for known patterns. For example, I know if the winds are shown to be 2-3 from 9am-1pm and 6-7mph from 2-5pm at my local flying field then the winds are going to pick up as it gets cooler in the evening. I also know that winds are going to be around 4mph that evening... not the 6-7 listed. The only time it would be above 10mph is when it's listed 12-15mph. I also look for things like wind picking up before a store. I know that the front is going to move strong winds into the area so those 10-12mph winds are then going to be pretty accurate.

It's just kind of a "feel for things" that is developed with experience. But I'd say the main thing I look for when they say winds will pick up is a temp change and/or bad weather moving in.
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« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2010, 10:55 PM »

Get an indoor kite as well as your standards and then go to the field to fly no matter the wind. It's all fun. Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2010, 07:38 AM »

Of course none of these resources can give a complete picture off the quality of wind. A chart might show variable direction and variable force, but with hourly samples that doesn't always tell you how flyable things are. Of course the site itself influences wind quality  a lot. What kind of terrain is upwind makes a huge difference.
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« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2010, 08:03 AM »

Wow I want to thank you all for such great information. I am so happy i came across this site. You are all very nice people and i hope to fly with and meet you all some day.

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