Windy launches Route Planner

  • It looks great. I am having trouble understanding what it is showing. It only shoed 2 miles of a 10 mile trip. Probably driver error.

  • Congratulations! The new feature is very nice.
    I've been using Windy for simulating sailing routes based on the wind information presented by the previous version of the distance and planning functionality.

    The new feature is great but I when I tried to trace those routes using the new version, I could not because now I'm no longer able to see the pointer coordinate while a drag it over the map. Another missing information for me is the angle of the segment in the route map,.

    It would be great if those information were available in the new version, as well.. Or maybe, it could be available a way to access the old version.

    I hope those suggestions make sense for you guys and thanks a lot for delivering this amazing tool.


  • Administrator

    @Gkikas-LGPZ Yes, it is RH.

    @stitch Thank you for your valuable feedback! We will think about it.

    @edson-eustachio Did you try to click on "Route detail" button on the bottom left? :-)

  • Great feature ! I can use it in General Aviation/ Gliding . On long stretches , a timeframe would definitely be needed , so an ETA or time en-route of average ground speed would be needed to make it really useful for planning . I like the convective cross-cut very much ! As for the wind , well , I personally would prefer oriented to the north . If one prepares ones flight , other softwares would take into account the head/tail component , this would be too far-fetched for Windy I believe

  • Hi,
    I like the principle of it and it's really useful to see the forecast in this format however I think it's lost some essential functionality.
    On the previous version you could plot a route and move points to the correct lat long positions. The route details gave a list of the positions and distances however the figures changed as the points were moved. With the new update you have to guess the correct lat long and keep pressing route detail to see the current position, move the point and then go back to check the route details etc. Would it be possible to combine some of the old functionality into the new update? It would also be useful to be able to change the unit of distance to nautical miles which is more relevant for sailing.

  • @marekd :

    All winds are relative to the direction of movement, i.e. the green arrow pointing to the right is a tailwind, the red arrow pointing to the left is a headwind. Should we change it? Would you prefer switching between relative and absolute wind direction?

    You can make the same stuff used in GRAMET (aka vertical cut of the GFS forecast). This will help users to avoid learning new symbology if they wish to compare both forecasts.

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    Throughout the chart, you will find a grid of wind symbols. These give you a lot of information. The circle in the middle shows the cloud coverage in quarters, in the above example there would be no clouds. The barb attached to the circle is the wind rose with the standard symbol. The above example shows 35 knots and 30 knots of wind coming from north. The magenta array shows the aircraft’s movement relative to the direction of the flight (hence magenta, that used as standard color in avionics to indicate flight track). In this example the aircraft flies on a north easterly course and would experience a headwind coming from the left. The number right to the wind symbol is the temperature, -47°C in our example.

    1. Add a full-screen option to have more complete view.

    2. Change the color of altitude marks (so they could be visible on dark & white background) and make them still at the same position (right now they shift to the left).

    3. Route details should be editable with keyboard input & coordinates should be switchable in settings (from DEG°MIN'SEC'' to decimals XX.XXXXXX°).

    4. Add an option to save routes in your profile and make them constantly visible (right mouse click/long tap on the route to hide or close it). At this moment if you hit 'X' on the vertical cut pane, the route disappears. You don't always want to observe the vertical part, because it 'eats' a big bite of display. That will be especially useful when you fully implement it into the app to help pilots get better weather visualization when they're in the air (see my next suggestion).

    5. A copy/paste of my old suggestion suggestion:
      The app lacks speed control compared to web-version and I also would like to see more frames per time unit (right now it refreshes with a speed of 1 frame/3 minutes). Maybe you can make another time period in addition to 12/6/1 hour, say, for the latest 15 minutes which will be the most frame-dense period (for ex. 1 frame/minute) ? When pilots are already in the air, they're interested only in very latest weather data and 15 minutes may serve this need well.

    I usually fly at lower altitudes and can receive mobile broadband connection from time to time (depending on my location) and an option to reduce downloadable traffic is highly demanded. Maybe you can make an option to preload specific part of the map (just like in Google maps) and fine-tune overall downloadable traffic to reduce unnecessary stuff. Again, the goal is to receive fresh & updated data as soon as your phone/tablet receives broadband connection , because it may be lost in next minute.

    These are just a very brief quick-notes. I'll try to thoroughly test it later.

  • Very nice and useful feature!
    I want to use it as sailor, but I don´t understand the wind direction arrows. On my opinion, they don't match with the wind direction of the windflow, (or I'm not using it correctly?).

  • Sailor

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  • @marekd Hello Mark. Thanks for your answer.

    Yes, I did try to use the "route detail" button. It saw it shows the pointer coordinate but this feature does not show the pointer coordinate while I drag it over the map. I using this feature to locate an specific point in the map based on a given distance and angle of navigation. This distance and angle are calculated by my sailing simulation.

  • @marekd - THIS will be interesting to watch!

  • Meteorologist

    @marekd @ivo

    Hi guys, on your VFR route cross-section, and I right in saying that the highest "Dew-point spread" value presented is 5°C?

    Could you increase the highest value to say 12°???

    This would give an estimated cloud base height range [when looking at boundary layer cloud physics] up to ~5000ft (or up to the CAVOK cloud base height) when using the following rule....." The difference between the dry adiabatic lapse rate and the rate at which the dew point drops is around 8 °C per 1,000 m. Given a difference in temperature and dew point readings on the ground, one can easily find the LCL by multiplying the difference by 125 m/°C (410ft/C°) - from Wikipedia".

    Thx Craig

  • I like the route planner, but I also like to keep the distance measure as it was before, especially being able to see the distance line from point to point even across the international dateline. Also, with the new route planning window it literally takes up the bottom half of my laptop screen which substantially decreases the visible map area. Is is possible to minimize the route planner dialogue box without exiting it? thanks.

  • Would be nice to see the coordinates, as before

  • Hi,
    great feature! Like Igor said: "Add an option to save routes in your profile and make them constantly visible" - yes please!

    Also I´d love to see a function to generate a PDF for offline use / archival issue for flying (proof of weather flight planning).

    A button to quickly invert the route might be interesting as well (we officially have to do a weather briefing for every leg).


  • Administrator

    Thank you all for your feedback. We are working on next version and we read your posts carefully.

  • "add the option of defining the speed of movement, and the option of changing the forecast in the course of time"

    That would be a great feature for sailing. I think there is currently no SW for this. Thanks.

  • just wow and thanks for this useful feature. However Im noticing that the wind direction on the screen do not match the wind direction of the bar, and it is very misleading and confusing.

  • @marekd thanks for this useful feature. However Im noticing that the wind animation and direction on the screen do not match the wind direction of the bar, and it is very misleading and confusing.

  • Sailor

    @marekd Aha, just saw that you are going to 'add the option of speed of movement'! This would be very helpful. I thought I might be missing something because I could not find anywhere the option to set the Boat Speed, which is essential. At the moment it seems to be a very slow boat, covering 170nm in a couple of days? I am working with a yacht that is doing 7kn across the Indian Ocean and I have to work the distances travelled manually at the moment. Would really welcome the ability to specify the boat speed. Thanks for all your brilliant hard work.

  • Sailor

    PS I also just saw the discussion of changing the forecast as time progresses. This is definitely important. If youc an do this you are getting close to software like Weathertrack and Predictwind (the latter is brilliant but expensive).

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