How do you check WEATHER and CONDITIONS before heading out?

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  • #55886
    evelynodoherty
    evelynodoherty
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    Knowing the weather and conditions is an important point in Sup Safety. What are some of the ways YOU check the weather and conditions before heading out for a paddle? What is your ritual? Fav apps or websites?

  • #55893

    John Judge
    Participant

    I use Weather.com, Windy and Tides Near Me. Collectively these apps allow me to properly plan and prepare for each paddle. My routine involves checking these resources the night before a paddle and then again before heading out. I also carry my phone with me and have used these apps from the water, especially live radar.

    Weather.com/App: Forecast, temp, feels like temp, wind, humidity, UV rating, Heat Index, etc. are all readily available. I also like the hourly forecast and future cast radar maps. This comes in handy if the the weather is questionable or when I’m checking one last time before heading out. I also subscribe to weather alerts, which on more than one occasion have gone off while out on the water.

    Windy: I bookmark my favorite locations. Easy to use with a slide bar to toggle days of week. Includes weather, wind speed/direction and wave height/direction. It also provides sustained winds and gusts. Checking the wind across at least two resources is a must for me.

    Tides Near Me: provides sunrise/sunset, hight/low tide and the amount of feet over or under, which is important when planning paddles through the shallows. I also use this data to understand how the current will impact my desired paddle route. This allows me to leverage the current when I need the help (on the return) or perhaps fight the current when I’m looking to train and push myself.

    I feel it’s easy to get overwhelmed with apps, maps and other resources. My recommendation is to find a few that you like and are accurate for your area.

    Safe paddling!

  • #55900

    clay feeter
    Participant

    I’m with John that’s exactly what i do: weather.com! I plot the hour by hour changes, then determine the direction I start out in based on that (always trying to return with wind at my back). clay

  • #55930

    Butch Rahne
    Participant

    Ditto I check winds tides before I go to sleep, when I wake up at 2AM and just before I leave. That will determine what direction I will be heading.

  • #55955

    onelovebeach
    Participant

    I do alot of competitive offshore sailing so weather is a big subject for me. I won’t go over everything I use but here is a short list of what I use.

    1) Weather.gov – weather.com is fine but has a lot of “fluff” to draw attention advertisers. I have bookmarked the “landlubber” forecast and the Marine forecast for my area and check these daily whether I paddle or not.

    2) PRO CHARTS – Excellent navigations software!

    3) AyeTides XL – Tides and Currents – I like to stress that people should learn the difference between the two. Most people use the words universally.

    I have a lot more but these are what I use most.

    • #55960

      John Judge
      Participant

      This is great feedback, thank you Chris. I’m going to add these to my list as well. I’m not ashamed to admit I use Tides and Currents universally, which I know comes from my surfing background where we never discussed the currents (unless there was a rip). With SUP, would you say a fair statement to share is Tides will impact the depth or the water, potential water hazards, access and influence currents, but the actual currents will have a greater impact on your speed and should be considered with equal amounts of attention. WDYT? Thank you!

  • #56367
    WRSUP
    WRSUP
    Participant

    I actual use several for SUP Race/Surf:

    1- My goto is WILLYWEATHER = has WIND, TIDE, WAVE Heights for current and future with an easy to use forecast slider and has been highly accurate

    2- MyRadar – for the best real-time radar views

    3- RADARCAST – has a future radar called futurecast layer that I turn on to view storm prediction movement

    4- WINDY – good for current wind map fields

    Lastly Darksky has become semi-reliable over past 9 months.

    Hope these helps y’all get out there and find your glide!

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