Originally Posted by Hud3
There are a number of sites like this that use global model data to produce graphic forecasts. The one I use every day is Windfinder
is another one many people like. And PassageWeather
uses the same basic GRIB data to produce animated forecasts in a really useful format.
All very good stuff! The resources available on the Internet
are incredibly good and getting better!
Thanks, those are all great wind links.
One thing I like about iWindsurf is that it gives the actual winds graphically, updated every 20 minutes or so, with average and gusts. The sites you posted are probably better for passage
making, and they have good offshore
coverage, but their wind data is smoothed out, maybe they just take a running average of wind speeds.
Doesn't matter a whole lot on a long passages but for short sails
windows (much of what I do on the Potomac
and Chesapeake), it's good to know about those gusts before you head
out. More than once I've watched the stations reporting gusts 10-20 knots higher than the average, and have watched those gusts move up or down the Bay or the river from station to station as a front moves through.
These are all valuable tools and, like boats, you have to know which one is best for the type of sailing one wants to do.
MarkJ, I really like the layout of your site, which also includes the tides. And all the colors :-) That Hobart site sure has nutty winds.