Guys that really know the stuff
RE: how do I know the type of clouds in a certain region?
Cloud cover + rain + lightning: give you an indication for areas you must avoid
(especialy if you are not IFR rated).
Wind gusts are usefull for low level turbulence predictions.
High level (FL300) winds are usefull for jet-stream prediction.
The latest satellite image (not provided here in windy, you can find it at sat24.com)
is also very usefull. Spend some time to learn about VISual and IR (infrared) images.
I think realtime lightning data (like those from blitzortung.org)
soon will be available in windy
Do not trust much the arithmetic values of cloud bases, visibility and fog.
For fog predictions I prefer to use the combination of no clouds, high humidity, almost calm winds at surface and low levels (up to 2000 ft).
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