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Old 10-19-2013, 06:43 PM
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Today when I left the house to drive to our club field the wind was perfectly calm. When I arrived at the field 20 miles away the wind was gusting to 15 mph. This is not unusual. The wind condition at my home location is often different than the wind at the field.

I know that suitable remote weather systems are available for sale - using solar power and cell network data links. I'd like to hear from anyone who is using one at their field. What type of system do you have.... commercial product, home brew, etc.? What are the cell provider chargers like? Is the weather data useful for your club? What level of maintenance is required?
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:29 AM
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Around here, if you don't fly in the wind, you don't fly very much.

Accuweather and Weatherbug are usually fairly accurate.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:01 AM
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Today when I left the house to drive to our club field the wind was perfectly calm. When I arrived at the field 20 miles away the wind was gusting to 15 mph. This is not unusual. The wind condition at my home location is often different than the wind at the field.

I know that suitable remote weather systems are available for sale - using solar power and cell network data links. I'd like to hear from anyone who is using one at their field. What type of system do you have.... commercial product, home brew, etc.? What are the cell provider chargers like? Is the weather data useful for your club? What level of maintenance is required?
A really good idea, I had a small windsock ( a stick with a piece of string on it) and I placed it on our roof at home when I was a teenager.

I lived about 25 Kilometers from a fabulous slope soaring site. I knew when the string was pointing to the back of the house and more than 45 degrees from the vertical the slope was "on"

It was 100% accurate and every time I relied on it a drive to the slope paid off with a good session of flying.
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Try the iWindsurf app for you moble. May already be a weather station very near your field.
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I went through this already:
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