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TOPIC: Accuracy of Weather Station

Accuracy of Weather Station 2 months 1 week ago #180

  • Matt Stolton
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Understood, first thing I got was a float coat, that, in the event of a knock out, should get me the right way up....

I have bumped into the mark maintenance chaps, seem very freindly, and seem to be conveniently lurking around on Tuesdays for me! Hopefully will not need their assistance, but best to have some form of back up plan.

Sadly I work Saturdays, which obliges me to make an effort to play with kids on Sundays, so Tuesdays are about my lot really.
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Accuracy of Weather Station 2 months 2 weeks ago #179

  • Bill Nokes
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Hi Matt,

You're free to sail any time at the club; however, safety cover is only available on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesday evenings during the summer. There are people at the club on Wednesday (maintenance and tea drinking - please join us if you're free :-) and Tuesday mornings (mark maintenance). I'm sure people will keep an eye out if you let them know you're there.

A note of caution. We've had a couple of thefts from unlocked cars at the club. If you're there on your own and can't carry your keys on the water, then perhaps you can use the outside toilets - padlock should be same as front gate.

Have fun,
Bill
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Accuracy of Weather Station 2 months 2 weeks ago #177

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Ok, thanks for that, I have only been out a few times, and guessed from looking at the trees, Beaufort style, what was roughly going on, and checking on my phone for the app, real time, seemed to correspond close enough.

I might try tomorrow, then. Wave if you see me getting wet. If you see me waving back, it means get the rescue boat out....
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Accuracy of Weather Station 2 months 2 weeks ago #176

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Hi Matt,

The FGSC weather station is fairly accurate and gives good readings of prevailing winds and direction. I've compared these against a hand-held anemometer and both said the same thing. The station is mounted right in the middle of the lake and is not obstructed by any wind shadows either. It updates the club website every five minutes, so is a good way to see what's happening right now.

The predictions come from WindGuru and are based on the the GFS weather model which gives a resolution of 18 miles. Our experience is that that their wind speed predictions are generally higher than our observations, but are a good indicator of what is likely to happen to wind strength and direction.

Cheers,
Bill
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Accuracy of Weather Station 2 months 2 weeks ago #175

  • Matt Stolton
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Afternoon all.

Quick hello, I'm a new member, the daft sod who's mid life crisis involves getting back on the windsurf board, after a 22 year gap in practice! My ambition is far superior to my ability, but I'm a strong swimmer, which is useful. :)

Just a quick question really, the weather station predictions are mentioned as being 10-20% ambitious, but how accurate are the real time measurements? They seem more in-line with the real time wind situation, but I don't really have the experience on the lake to know what is what!

I am nice and local, so I can load up and get on the water pretty quickly, if the real time measurements look useful!

Best Regards

Matt Stolton
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