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Alrighty, we were having a discussion today. The 2 CFIs that were at work today, were trying to find the best weather site ONLINE. I told them my experience is limited and just went with weatherunderground and aviationweather. Anyone have any comments, whats the best out there? ;)

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Alrighty, we were having a discussion today. The 2 CFIs that were at work today, were trying to find the best weather site ONLINE. I told them my experience is limited and just went with weatherunderground and aviationweather. Anyone have any comments, whats the best out there? ;)

 

There is no way that I could tell you "the best", but I can tell you that I use 4 sites to gather information.

 

www.weather.com for a rough idea of what the weather for the next week will be, but I don't place too much trust in it.

 

www.aviationweather.gov for current conditions, winds aloft, radar, and forecast for the day.

 

www.weather.gov for hourly predictions in regards to temp. and winds and precip.

 

www.weatherunderground.com for current conditions and close in forecasts.

 

The more info the better, in my mind.

 

Conor

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For detailed text weather, I use DUAT. You can't beat it for that. For a quick, versatile view, I use the HEMS Tool. It's designed for HEMS helicopter operators, but it's available for anyone, and gives you what you need for a quick decision. You can set the zoom view to whatever you like, from the entire US on screen to a mile or so. You can see depictions of ceiling, visibility, radar, winds, or whatever you want overlaid over the map, and see these anywhere, not just at reporting locations. You can also overlay TAFs, METARs, and lots of other info on the map. The estimations of the weather between stations isn't always completely accurate, but it's a good guess. It's by far the best I've found.

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I have used fltpaln.com and WSI. While both are primarily designed for FW operators, they do present (especially WSI) excellent information for the RW pilot.

What is WSI? What is the link?

 

Thanks for the comments to all, I truly appreciate it.

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I can't say there is a "single best". I use DUATS for an initial brief. We have a WSI terminal at the base, and I keep these site apps up and running on the desktop-

 

adds

http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov/metar...ppletsize=large

HEMS

http://www.weather.aero/hems/hems.jnlp

 

I use lots of other stuff, depending on what, specifically, I'm after. WUnderground is high on the list of unofficial sources.

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Up in the mountains we use a bunch of different sources. The problem that we have is the lack of reporting stations. I use;

HEMS (great resourse like Gomer stated earlier), ADDS, weathermeister (non-official but still valuable) and the always important weather window / weather walk (take a peak outside to see what kind of obscuration is going on in the surrounding mountains). I've also used WSI and like their products. I also use (don't laugh) highway cams that are located on the major roads south and west of here. I can get a pretty good idea of what is going on in some of the canyon / choke points south of here.

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I have used fltpaln.com and WSI. While both are primarily designed for FW operators, they do present (especially WSI) excellent information for the RW pilot.

 

Ahh, WSI. I was trying to remember that one when I posted yesterday. We use WSI at my work, for fixed wing. I personally think Some of the others are a little better though.

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