Decent New Engl. Weather Report?

Decent New Engl. Weather Report?

Post by Jonah Pesk » Mon, 07 Nov 1994 14:38:04


     I'm trying to find a decent New England wind report.  I've been using
NOAA weather radio, but it seems that they consistantly overestimate the
wind by 10 or 15 knots.  Plus most of their observational buoys never work.
Does anyone know of a better weather report for this area.

I'm interested in specifically the Cape Cod area.

I've heard something about the "Wind Hotline", but I haven't been able to find
any ads for it.  Can someone explain it to me?  Last time I heard about it, it
was $40.  That seemed a little steep at the time, but now I'm considering it.
Does anyone have any experience with its accuracy?  What areas does it cover?

Thanks

JP

Jonah Peskin

 
 
 

Decent New Engl. Weather Report?

Post by Marc Kristopher Gui » Mon, 07 Nov 1994 23:44:06

Quote:

>     I'm trying to find a decent New England wind report.  I've been using
>NOAA weather radio, but it seems that they consistantly overestimate the
>wind by 10 or 15 knots.  Plus most of their observational buoys never work.
>Does anyone know of a better weather report for this area.

Gopher to wx.atmos.uiuc.ecu.  This is the Universit of Illinois Weather Mach-
ine.  Read the documentation, and then go to images/forecast images.  These
will give you a graphical presentation of forecast windspeed and direction for
a specific date and time you select.  Also, the surface images will tell you
what it's doing right now.  I've found it to be an  invaluable resource.

Quote:
>I've heard something about the "Wind Hotline", but I haven't been able to find
>any ads for it.  Can someone explain it to me?  Last time I heard about it, it
>was $40.  That seemed a little steep at the time, but now I'm considering it.
>Does anyone have any experience with its accuracy?  What areas does it cover?

It covers the Atlantic coast, I believe from Maine down to NJ or Delaware, plus
western NY (jeez, I wish they'd pick up Champlain - after all, guys, it's in
the middle!).  I don't have the number handy, just check with a local shop or
a back issue of NEWJ.
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Decent New Engl. Weather Report?

Post by EDykst » Wed, 09 Nov 1994 14:05:41


writes:

Quote:
> I've heard something about the "Wind Hotline", but I haven't been able
to find
> any ads for it.  Can someone explain it to me?  Last time I heard about
it, it
> was $40.  That seemed a little steep at the time, but now I'm
considering it.
> Does anyone have any experience with its accuracy?  What areas does it

cover?

Hello Jonah,

My name is Eric and I am the Canadian Licensee of the Wind Hot Line.

Ads for the Wind Hot Line are placed in every issue of the New England
Windsurfing Journal where you can also find a column by Dr. Wind from the
Wind Hot Line. Periodically, you will also find ads in Windsurfing
Magazine. The number to call to reach the Wind Hot Line head office is
1-800-765-GALE (4253). Ask for Phil and he will be glad to explain in
detail how the WHL works and send you a brochure. Tell him you heard about
the WHL on the Internet!

In a nutshell, the WHL is NOT a forecast service. What the WHL sells are
CURRENT conditions specifically for windsurfers.  Each launch site (there
are well over 50 sites) has a computer that continuously monitors the wind
speed and direction and updates a central database you call. Data you
receive is current to within 5 MINUTES!  Sensors are mounted in clear view
of the wind and at mast height where possible.

The $40 membership is steep? (There is a per call charge as well) Well,
consider the following points:
 1. You'll sail much more often.
 2. The Wind Hot Line guarantees you won't get skunked or your membership
will be refunded.
 3. You'll know which of your favorite sites is windiest and most
consistent from the trend info.
 4. The sole pupose of the Wind Hot Line is to provide data for
windsurfers. YOU GET QUALITY!
 5. You no longer have to spend time and gas searching for wind.
 6. The call to obtain data is toll free - you can call from work, home or
a payphone.

I've rattled on and on already, but there is also a modem service
available if you want trend information from the past 6 hours to determine
if conditions are picking up or dying down.

If it is a forecast you are after, call WINDCAST at 1-976-WIND. This
service is also specifically for windsurfers.  I think you have to be
calling from the 508 or 617 area codes but I'm not sure. The charge is 95
cents per minute.

Hope this helps!

Shakka,

Eric Dykstra
Wind Hot Line Canada