Windy.com introduces soaring forecast
Next layer has now to be airspace, then a possibility to plan a XC route and export with QRCOde or similar, to the most flight instruments out there.
@korina many thanks did not see that hopefully it will be available in IOS soon
@robbie-hilltop Thank you for suggestion. Airspaces are already available via plugin Airspaces.
Hi. Great idea about thermals but need much more info for paragliders and sail planes. Will be niece if t-skew drawings or sounding will be better quality. Some glider pilots they can read and relay on this form of information's. Basically all info which is included in dr. Jack RASP blip map forecast is very helpful. As a active paraglider pilot more often I look on Windy forecast because of presents fresh data (wind directions and strength) is on one page. Now are included thermals parameters and this is great.
Regards for all Windy team.
I LOVE the thermals forecast! So far it seems to be more accurate than others I've used, and it's easy to use, simple, and part of an overall experience that is done really well.
Dr Jack's has more details but it does a poor job near the coastline with sea breeze effects. Overall this is great.
Excellent work! As a paraglider pilot (and premium user), it's wonderful to see such dedication to the soaring communities! Keep up the great work!
prepond | Premium last edited by
@korina if it is possible, please put there information about climb rate in m/s, would it be possible?
Theres no thermal welosity...strenght of thermals... thats what all other thermalssites have...
I really appreciate the thermal forecast. It seems to be fairly accurate and lets me know when I should skip a day of work and go soaring.
@rolle247 Hi, we value your feedback. We will try to improve thermals overall.
jakubvrana | Premium last edited by
This layer is extremely over-optimistic. It predicts heights for 1000 m or more higher than they are predicted by other methods (and then they really are). Take a look at the screenshot: The Thermals layer predicts 3200 m (which is extremely rare in Czechia) whereas it will actually be around 1890 m (as predicted by another method).
The method used by my plugin has its “proof” in the diagram:
I have no idea how the number coming from the Thermals layer is computed but it's most certainly wrong.
EduardoSG last edited by EduardoSG
I post an image and some analysis to check and compare
If I understand correctly, the clouds to the upper left, indicate dense cumulus clouds in the area
Then all the area surrounding it, indicates overcast conditions (striped ) as well as upper right corner
All the grey area is no thermals (water)
And the area in the center with varying degrees of white-yellowish colour, indicates thermals with no cumulus, with 800 mts top of thermal in the selected point
However when I look at the Sounding, my interpretation of the sounding is of a somewhat dense stratocumulus clouds layer, with lower cloud base that those 800 mts (by the way, I moved the ticker just in the same spot of the sounding after loading the image and it still shows 800 mts)
Would like to see if there are differences in the way we interpret the soundings, or just something that can be improved in the Thermals Layer
I could not upload a higher resolution picture, but I keep it in case you need it and can be sent via mail or other
paraglider | Premium last edited by
Thanks for adding the thermal forecast, Im sure it will be appreciated by all pilots.
Can this new product be used to predict turbulent areas for VFR Flying?
In other words: I need to climb "higher" than the thermal tops to have a smooth ride. OR Avoid the area all together if I need to stay at a specific altitude to keep the ride smooth.
I'm assuming that this data is based on daytime heating and convective rising of air?
Termals height over day would be fine too. And with termal strength :-)
This could be an meteogram addition.
4_Achtel | Premium last edited by
Excellent feature well done. To make it more usable for me I improved the resolution by choosing a more differentiated color scheme. The image includes wind information but not clear at which altitude. I assume ground level ?
@prepond yes please!!
guy_bottlaender | Premium last edited by
@korina AROME will be much more accurate for W Europe... altitude fields are available in many places, is there a way to improve in that way?
Windy uses the 1.3km version of AROME and this version does not provide altitude parameters, only the 2.5km version offers such parameters.