Windy launches Route Planner
@marekd I saw you guys have changed the behavior of mapping and planning feature to keep the point position visible while we drag it over the map. Now the new feature is perfect for my experience.
Thanks a lot and congratulations again!!
It's very interesting and relevant but i would prefer the distances in nautical miles for the boat.
Thank you very much for this excellent program and the features enculded. In the new feature for the routes or waypoints you show the weather along.
A servere problem for pilots (IFR) is - to know the tops where you get out of clouds. So if it would be possible to show the clouds (bottom to top layer) along the route it would be phantastic.
Cloud tops and bases are already provided in route planner.
Unfortunatelly the forecast models are not so good on these parameters.
Personally, I read these data with caution (fog forecast, too).
Although cloud top forecast is difficult to compute,
cloud tops computations for "now" (real time) is easy, using INFRA+ satellite images and soundings.
I hope developers will add the ability to read cloud top temperature, using the picker.
mhaberler last edited by
super useful - I look forward using this in winter for long-distance balloon rides!
for "Share", would it be possible to include the use case ("Car, hiking", "VFR flight", "Boat") in the link to be shared?
reason: when briefing a bunch of pilots, everybody should see the same view without further clicking around
Zepp last edited by
Thanks for this useful feature. Is it possible to also include the relative time/speed? It's because when I plan a route I always see "covered distance - time - weather"
Say, if I leave at 06:00 and after 4 hour I cover 25nm, all I can see is the distance bar, yet I cannot see the time hence weather forecast at 10:00 on that particular position
I hope I explained myself well
The routing function looks very promising. But for a sailor it is uninteresting to know how the actual weather is at the destination 300 nm away for example. It would be great, if on the basis of a speed indication of the boat the weather would be determined, which is to be expected with the arrival of the boat at the respective place.
@marekd Thanks for the up grade and the great new tool.If possible, could we have a nautical mile option for the boating ?
mhaberler last edited by
great job, folks!
Excellent. Incredibly useful.
great job, folks!
It's always nice to see demonstrations of the various different practical uses of Windy, so THANKS! :)
Looks good. Hard to understand at first.
The new Distance planning tool appears to be only in Kilometers (?) Any boat or air journey need to be measured in Nautical Miles.
Two years ago I used the Windy distance tools to weather-route a friends yacht from Vancouver to UK via Panama. And all distances were then given as nM. Why the change?
I note that wind speeds are still given as Knots .-
A nautical mile is a unit of measurement used in both air and marine navigation, and for the definition of territorial waters. Historically, it was defined as one minute (1/60 of a degree) of latitude along any line of longitude. Today the international nautical mile is defined as exactly 1852 metres. This converts to about 1.15 imperial/US miles. The derived unit of speed is the knot, one nautical mile per hour.
See above this post from @Gkikas-LGPZ
Great Thanks. I thought it a bit strange.
@marekd One idea for future development: I am using your tool to plan sailing trips. It would be superior, if I could add properties of the current boat (speed in relation to wind angle and wind speed). So the tool could calculate, how fast the boat will be on every point of the journey and at what time wayponínts wíll be reached. :-) If that is working me as the Skipper (or the tool?) could check, what probably the fastest (ore most secure?) route will be ...
Thank you so far for that great development!
So what you want is a Routing App, like SailGrib or Squid Mobile apps or similar (they are several).
One of the problem is that Windy would have to include polar plot or polar diagram for many models of sailing boats, racing and pleasure boats, including for your boat otherwise you would be very disappointed.
What is a polar plot? (Click on Fig.1 and scroll)
This is a large library to update regularly.
Distance mesurements is only in meters/km. We, who navigate need distance measurement in nm (nautical miles), as before.