Weather for a great XC day in South Park
Hang gliding is very weather dependent. Below are some weather links and sites that can be used to both forecast the weather for where we want to fly as well as look at real time sites. This way we know what is going on in real time.
You can view them here. If you like them feel free to copy the link to a weather bookmark in your browser
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This site does forecasting for wind surfers and kite boarders. It does 7 day forecasting at different lakes that are often close to where we fly. You can get a lot more forecast information maps and radar here
This is a NOAA site and the links to the left will get you a lot of information about conditions and forecasts. Click on the map and you can bring up forecasts for different areas on the map. Zoom in and out with the scroll. You can also click on the links below the small forecast map to get the hourly forecast. Try the tabular forecast, fire weather, and forecast discussions for starters
This site gives real time surface data as well as storm totals. I often use it to see micro surface highs and lows as well as snow cover and rain totals for the time period of the previous day. Check the web products tab to access information. This site also has a lot of information and new products. There are a lot of links in the text body also.
This site will give you a lot of real time data from the national weather service. The sites on the map are airports in the area and clicking on them will bring up not only the latest observations but a short history. Many of the links on the left are the same as the NOAA site above.
Click on the weather link at the top of the page for many forecast links. This site also has links to a lot of other stuff.
This site gives your real time weather stations for the state you live in. I like to use all networks. Many of the sites update once an hour, some a little more often. If you don’t see a site you know is there just wait a little and refresh your browser and you will often see it appear.
This site is at the National Wind Technology farm between Golden and Boulder on the North end of Rocky Flats. The screen will update every minute for real time observations.
This site is the solar research center in Golden located on South Table Mountain. This site is good for real time and will update every minute for observations
This site is very similar to I Windsurf and gives the same information in just a little different format. Again, most recording stations in Colorado are free and you do not have to pay to join
This site will give you not only the location of the current jet stream but also gives a good prediction of the forecast so we can see it move over a 5 day period.
Intellicast gives you a lot of information and can be used for forecasting as well as real time information. This link is to the Jetstream page but with a little searching you can find a lot of different forecast information. I normally will use the link above for the Jetstream. However I check this site every once in a while to collaborate the data.
I use this site for everything from surface winds to winds aloft. There is a lot of information and trends you can get from this site. I have found them to be almost perfect with their predictions.
This is a soaring forecast site that a lot of the pilots like and use a lot. It is a pay site but worth it. You can give it a try for 30 days free. It gives you a lot of information, and is well worth the price.