ivo Administrator last edited by Korina
Hi, my name is Ivo, and I love the wind!
I am an addicted kiter, helicopter, and jet pilot who seeks the wind, waves, METARs, and powder snow almost constantly. Since programming is my passion, I coded Windyty.com in 2014 as my pet project. The original version was highly inspired by the products from the Swiss company Meteoblue and another project called "Earth", which displayed animated wind particles on the globe. I have completely rewritten the open source codes of Earth and also made an agreement with Meteoblue to use some of their products at that time. And thus Windyty was born (renamed Windy a few years later). My goal is to keep Windy small and fast to be accessible in the most remote locations.
In 2014 Windy was born, under its former name Windyty.
In 2015 the Windy team grew to a few more programmers: Milan and Tomas. We use GFS and NEMS as the main forecast models.
In 2016 we launched Android and iOS mobile Apps and we renamed Windyty to Windytv, which turned out to be a big mistake. As one of the few companies worldwide, we use the ECMWF forecast model, considered the most accurate model available.
In 2017 our team grew to 5 people and we changed the name to Windy with a nice and short address www.windy.com. During hurricane season Windy became the major source of weather information for governments, institutions, and individuals in affected areas, virtually saving lives.
In 2018 we launched a new European weather radar, thunderstorm forecast, and many other major innovations.
In 2019 we launched a new Satellite overlay, route planner, donations, new iOS/Android app Windy Maps, and a "reality vs. forecast" feature. We also integrated webcams.travel and lookr.com websites into the Windy. Our team grew to 15 people.
In 2020 we launched a new Air Quality overlay, optical flow, and enhanced satellite layer. Much better and detailed 1-hour forecast data, updated 4 times a day, became available with the Windy Premium.
In 2021, two new ICON forecast models were integrated - ICON-D2 with local coverage for central and west Europe and ICON Global. Thousands of new air quality stations monitoring primary pollutants worldwide were added from our partners OpenAQ and PurpleAir to fight air inequality.
Several new layers were launched - Tidal currents featuring high-resolution data; the Sea currents dataset was updated; Thermals layer with soaring forecast for glider and paraglider pilots; Drought monitoring layers - Soil moisture, Moisture anomaly, and Drought intensity, monitoring global drought.
We also expanded into the wear OS category and introduced Windy Apple Watch App. The 3D Globe mode was brought back for most layers (desktop only), including the Hurricane Tracker.
In 2022, we launched several new features and improved existing ones. In the beginning of the year, we added a new radioactivity set of stations as a POI overlay and partnered with SaveEcoBot, run by a non-profit organisation SaveDnipro, and obtained a broad spectrum of environmental data sources in Ukraine and offer them in an easy-to-access way to our users and other affected communities for free.
New local models HRRR for the US and ACCESS model for Australia were added, along with a set of layers wet-bulb temperature, UV Index and Solar power.
With release of iOS16, the Windy.com iOS app got LockScreen widgets, which can be placed on the phones's locked screen. A new significant iOS feature.
For the Hurricane season, we launched redesigned and upgraded our Hurricane Tracker and added multimodel forecast & LIVE satellite visualization. Users in the US could also appreciate an improved radar resolution and coverage.
And to make accessing Windy even easier, we introduced social login option that let's you use existing login information from a social network providers like Facebook, Apple, and Google.
Our goal is to provide the best weather forecasting service in the world.
The original "launch" video from 2014:
Windy team as of 2019 in front of our satellite dish
Jobs: Opened positions (in Prague, Czechia, EU) can be found here
Contact: Contact us here in Your Feedback and Suggestions category or in General discussion category so we can share your issue with other Windy users.
You can also contact us on our social media:
Facebook @ windyforecast
Twitter @ windycom
Instagram @ windy_forecast
For email communication, please use info[at]windy.com.
Investor relations: Windy is a private company owned by its founder and employees.
Note: Updated Nov 2022
jssjr last edited by
This is my favorite wind app! And with street names, typography, etc there's no need to go anywhere else. Thank you so much for making this. And yes, please don't add features we don't need that will only slow it down.
But I have one request: it would be nice to have buttons on the page to go directly to the various altitudes, rather than constantly having to scroll through the menu over and over again. Gets tiring and annoying. Fast data acquisition is the name of the game here, and it would be nice to quickly see how the wind is at various altitudes before I fly out.
Thank you :)!!
Eric last edited by
Great program and beautiful to look at.
We live and fly in Canada and Brazil in the winter.
Also run paragliding trips to other locations on the planet. (That have wind)
the old man last edited by
Great wind application - Thank You!
Thanks for this great wind application. I live in Iceland in middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We sure have to look at weather reports here ;) Thanks again Ivo.
Thanks for this website. I live in the caribbean where for half the year (during the hurricane season) we need to know everything about the weather, wind patterns especially.
wetterfrosch last edited by
Thank you Ivo, for creating the most useful ( for us) weather site on the web. We are ocean sailors, currently cruising in Mexico and the tropical Pacific Basin and Windyty is for us the easiest, quickest weather forecasting tool. Its probably very difficult to do, but adding Lat and Long to the draggable location feature, plus the ability to connect these locations with a continuos line would be incredible.
Pecce Guimaraes last edited by
Is there a Apple APP for Windyty ?
It is the best for wind and waves .
thank you Ivo !
What a great site, covers everything you need to know for surfing, snow skiing, flying, and fishing. One more great addition and the only addition you need is a link to tide charts.
Hey Ivo! I'm a passionate windsurfer and found your site a couple of weeks ago - I just wanted to say - great work! I absolutely love it! I keep checking my forecasts here, and I'm loosing a lot of time in my Job doing that now. ;) - I'm writing physics simulations code for work and I'm completely wind crazy - So, if you ever have an extension project going on, or something I can help with - I'd love to. Martin
@m_w_2_3 Thanks for offer. Unless you are form Czech and willing to work as a programmer, there is not too much of a help.
for making this very clear & clean App ... for free.
Very usefull for my work as an navigator/tactician on Sailing Yachts.
Keep up your good work!
Thank you so much Ivo. As a passionated paragliding pilot I just LOVE windyty !
Wind direction and strength including airgramm and predictions in different heights... WOW! Thats what I call my favourite as most complete and perfect site to plan my days!
@mf2711 Yes you mean sounding. We plan it in future.
This is such a helpful site for commercial salmon fishing in Southeast Alaska. I appreciate your efforts, Ivo - and I know of a lot of other vessel owners that use Windyty multiple times a day to determine their next area of operation. Thank you so much! Joe
Thank you Ivo and other programmers for providing such a useful and simple to use weather tool. As an avid fisherman and one who spends a great deal of time on the water cruising the east coast of Florida, Windyty is the best.
Truly appreciate the time you've spent making this available.
Thank you Ivo and the other programmers for bringing us such a great program, I must admit I have never really thought about the wind all that much except when it blows cold during the winter or knocks over some pot plants, then my thoughts aren't very complimentary of nature:-)
However, your program has given this old man a new interest, so for that, I again say Thank You, please keep up your great work.
blitz | Premium last edited by
My name is Gian Paolo, I live in Sardinya. I am a Paragliding and Plane Pilot. I everyday watch Windyty. Last week I used it for planning a long trip with my Plane for Italy and the forecast were perfect. Long life to Ivo and Windyty. Thankyou for your job.
voorPampus last edited by
I'm planning to sail the world and stumbled upon this side in a video from other people already doing so. Use it everyday for my family sail trips. Awesome.