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Reading wind Apps

Postby beebad » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:10 pm

When planning a session, do most people go by the average wind or the gusts for example on ikite or windy?

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Re: Reading wind Apps

Postby Toby » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:19 pm

beebad wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:10 pm
When planning a session, do most people go by the average wind or the gusts for example on ikite or windy?
I look at average and max wind speed.

If average is low and gust high, it won't be fun.

And if max is too high, I won't go.

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Re: Reading wind Apps

Postby Kiterpep » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:20 pm

Gusts are not a feature of atmospheric models. They are predicted by statistics based on how gusty it normally is with the predicted wind direction and the wheather system that is passing. As such, gust indications can be very misleading and it's often better to plan based on the average wind.

PS Ofcourse these indications are good if you can't choose between kite sizes and to look if you can handle the gustiness of the session.

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Re: Reading wind Apps

Postby Delta99 » Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:49 am

I plan for the average and use the gust to understand how dirty the wind will be. Also, consider that average means there will be lulls below the average. Perhaps even symmetrical to the gusts. So when average start looking really marginal and with gusts indicating dirty wind, there will be spots that are not rideable. Plus, don't go too far out in changing conditions in marginal winds since forecasts are not exact on the hour. The end may show up earlier than planned. You could be swimming.

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Re: Reading wind Apps

Postby HALF » Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:42 am

Something important - the low number is not an average, it is the predicted wind at exactly the hour you are looking at (for example 10:00:00)

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