Weather Links for Kite Flying
I have found since I have started flying kites that I have a greater interest in the weather. Aside from taking a long hard gaze at every flag pole I pass, I have come to find a couple of online weather sources really helpful. here is a collection of weather related resources to help you plan your Kite flying activities!
Environment Canada's weather site. Find weather, wind speed and direction by city and town in Canada. A great tool for kite flyers!
WindFinder.com - is a great tool for finding local wind and weather. It is ideal for kite flyer's, kite surfers and snow kiters. Get instant wind and weather information for your location
Wind Energy Atlas "aims at developing new meteorological tools to be used by Canada's wind energy industry. It offers the possibility to browse through the results of the numerical simulations that were run on all of Canada in order to determine its wind energy potential. Consultants and the general public will find here valuable data about this promising renewable energy." Good source of wind information!
Launch Code is the premiere weather forecast source for sport aviation pilots. The forecast data is read 'real-time' from the National Weather Service Aviation web site. This data is adjusted to the local time zone and converted into a graphical format. With over 1000 locations across the country to choose from including Hawaii and Alaska, you can probably find a Launch Code station near you." GO THERE
Animated World Wind Map - a really cool website that allows you to find out wind speed, direction and temperature for your location and others around the world. It shows in real-time wind patterns that may be of interest to kite flyers, kite surfers, snow kiters and other wind sports enthusiasts.
Truth be told, despite the best weather intelligence- you just never know for sure! Living in Southern Alberta Canada, the wind for kite flying is often feast or famine. I compensate for this by:
- keeping a few kites in the car. You never know when you may have some time to fly and the weather is right!
- I like to have some low wind, some standard and high wind kites - a kite for every wind!
So good luck! And we sincerely wish you Smooth Winds!
A couple other helpful resources for Kite Flyers: