As a keen kitesurfer and sailor I’m always looking at the wind and when there is no wind I’m looking at the weather to see what other fun things I could do outside. I did start a OU course in Understanding Weather but life commitments and distractions took priority.
We started with a simple Technoline branded La Crosse WS2350 Weather Station and in Jan 2014 upgraded to a Davis Vantage Vue when the Anemometer failed on the WS2350. Our station publishes data to Wunderground and to its own subdomain.
Weather Forecast Sites
- BBC Weather – BBC weather service with data supplied by the MET office.
- MET Office – The UK’s national weather service.
- Wunderground – The internet’s first weather service primarily serviced by personal weather stations.
- XCWeather – Forecast provided by the US Government GFS model updated 6 hourly. Uses 1/2 degree (~ 50km) resolution – models at this resolution will not reflect local topographical variations.
- Windguru – as XCWeather, Windguru uses publicly available data published typically by the NOAA. There are a number of models presented which are described here.
- Windfinder – based on the GFS Model as released by the NOAA. Uses 27km resolution and with the potential for email/sms alerts.
- WeatherSpark (2012-06-07) – provides neat graphs of the recent conditions with a short range forecast. Historical data included with information on forecast accuracy. Has interesting links to other weather sites under about.
- NetWeather – lots of good UK based weather fun.
Weather Models (free & open source)
- WRF (as used by WindGuru)
- NOMADS – NOAA Operational Model Archive and Distribution System
- SYNOP Data – from Albany Edu
- Citizen Weather Observation Program
- Latest Satellite Images – Dundee University