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Wind Apps

Postby swannie » Thu, May 29 2014, 04:35 PM

I'm curious what wind apps and/or web sites you guys use? I like WindAlert personally (on iPhone, but I think there's an Android version too), what else is out there that's good?

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby TMadz » Thu, May 29 2014, 05:26 PM

I also use windfinder on my laptop
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Re: Wind Apps

Postby goestoeleven » Thu, May 29 2014, 09:15 PM

I mostly use the weather.gov web site from my laptop. One of these days maybe I'll get an app for my phone (although it's getting much s l o w e r to load stuff . . . so I stopped downloading new apps). I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to phones . . . . even though I work in software.

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby swannie » Thu, May 29 2014, 10:24 PM

goestoeleven wrote:I mostly use the weather.gov web site from my laptop. One of these days maybe I'll get an app for my phone (although it's getting much s l o w e r to load stuff . . . so I stopped downloading new apps). I'm a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to phones . . . . even though I work in software.


I didn't even know you could load apps on the StarTac?

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby TMadz » Thu, May 29 2014, 10:28 PM

Star tac? What's that, mister? :raspberry:
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Re: Wind Apps

Postby basicbill » Fri, May 30 2014, 06:44 AM

swannie wrote:I'm curious what wind apps and/or web sites you guys use? I like WindAlert personally (on iPhone, but I think there's an Android version too), what else is out there that's good?

- Swannie


The recently improved Weather Underground app has the current winds and an hourly forecast for winds by location. (At least it does for Android.) Available for both iPhone and Android. http://www.wunderground.com/download/index.asp I use that in addition to several aviation apps.

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby swannie » Fri, May 30 2014, 10:08 PM

TMadz wrote:Star tac? What's that, mister? :raspberry:

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Probably one of the best cell phones I've ever owned ... :)

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby Mytoyz » Sat, May 31 2014, 08:50 PM

They still make that phone?
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Re: Wind Apps

Postby swannie » Sun, Jun 01 2014, 09:02 AM

Mytoyz wrote:They still make that phone?


Lol, no, but sometimes I wish they did...

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby Darkspark » Fri, Jun 06 2014, 06:15 AM

I really like Windalert as long as you link to a local Staton that isn't in a shool yard or something. When you are linked to a airport or Lighthouse. Somewhere with low turbulence it seems very accurate and the predictions are usually spot on.

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby basicbill » Fri, Jul 04 2014, 10:18 AM

A way to check current wind speeds that many non-aviators may not know about is to call the local ASOS phone line. (Automated Surface Observing System) These are automated sensor rigs that provide meteorological and aviation observations. There are currently more than 900 ASOS sites in the United States. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ost/asostech.html Often (Maybe always?) they have a phone number associated with them that taps into a computer generated voice that will give current weather info. (Updated every minute, I believe.) It's been my experience that after two repeats of information the phone line will disconnect to allow the next kite flyer ;) to listen.

The wind direction is given in degrees magnetic and the speed is in knots. (Multiply by 1.15 to convert to mph.) Often there is other, airport related information, included.

I've been trying to find an online way to locate the phone numbers. So far unsuccessfully except through aviation listings.

Here are a few in Illinois.
Dupage Airport in West Chicago: 630-584-2728
Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove: 630-466-4024
Chicago Executive (Palwaukee) in Wheeling: 847-465-0291
Chicago O'Hare: 773-462-0118
University of Illinois-Willard Airport in Champaign: 217-352-9118
Quad City Airport in Moline: 309-799-7096

I can find more if you're interested. Generally you would need to have a somewhat busy local airport nearby.

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby Thunderstick » Tue, Jul 08 2014, 11:11 AM

I google current weather at the nearby airport. It returns the current windspeed.
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Re: Wind Apps

Postby swannie » Sat, Jul 26 2014, 08:48 AM

I'm still searching for a good place to fly while I'm in Germany, and I came across this website. It looks like the same data you can get out of WindAlert, or any of the other websites/apps that base their data on the various weather models, but it has a really nice interactive way of displaying it.

http://wisuki.com

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby goestoeleven » Sat, Jul 26 2014, 09:12 AM

Tried to use it, but it couldn't seem to come up with a forecast or statistics for Wheaton . . . maybe I need to "read the @!&%*^ manual" to figure it out. Looks like it's focused on the surfing crowd.

(P.S. - trying to use it from my laptop, not phone. Maybe the mobile app is different and uses GPS)

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Re: Wind Apps

Postby swannie » Sun, Jul 27 2014, 03:33 AM

Yeah, it's deffinately focused around wind surfing, seems it only has coastal spots...


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