Info - Weather/Other/Apps

Below are links to information that you may find useful, in three sections:

Weather Sites - to help you decide when it may be flyable.

Other Sites - for flight planning and other tools.

Apps - mobile phone apps that may be of interest to flyers.

Please let me know if there are any broken links, or if you have any suggestions for additions or deletions from these lists.  Thanks - Richard


Weather Sites

The club runs its own weather station on the Malvern hills, which is installed and maintained by volunteers, so while it may be a useful guide, the service availability and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

The station is on the top of the Malvern ridge at the Wyche Cutting. Though it is lower than the Pinnacle Hill take off, the Wyche has a venturi effect so wind speeds are much the same in an easterly. In a westerly wind speed will show a bit lower than Pinnacle and about 50% lower than the Beacon as the ground to the west of the station does not drop away very quickly and has some large trees in the way. The wind direction indicates correctly.

Other Weather Sites

  • BBC Weather for Great Malvern

  • XC Weather - provides current wind speed, directions, temperature, etc. Mostly from airports and aerodromes. Good forecasts for several days ahead.

  • RASP - (Regional Atmospheric Soaring Prediction ) Shows thermal updraft velocity, wind, xc potential, etc..
  • The Met Office
  • Theyr: Forecasts for many countries including the UK. Shows wind, rainfall, cloud cover and temperature for a 10 days ahead. A very good service, with some free data but some available by subscription only.
  • Metcheck - Selections can be made by region and over various time periods: Predictions are given for every few hours. Despite the over animated graphics it seems quite good.
  • WunderMap from Weather Underground shows local weather station results from your selected area. Can be customised to suit your needs - e.g. English measurements instead of Metric.
  • Sat24 Satellite images
  • Meteoblue - detailed local weather
  • Weather Online- Lots of good stuff if you can work it all out!
  • Accuweather Hourly forecasts for several days ahead - Just enter the nearest Postcode to where you want to fly.
  • Meteorologica live lightning map. Useful but NEVER rely on it for safety.
  • Weather.com - Rather a lot of pop-up adverts but seems to have a wealth of info. It can show hourly predictions for specific towns and seems to work well
  • XC Skies - Soaring forecast maps and tools.  30 day free trial, then $40/year.
  • Malvern Wells weather station (1.5km south of the Kettle Sings landing field)
  • Raintoday? Excellent for seeing what direction the rain is coming from and how long it will take to get to you.
  • Steve's Paragliding Forecast - Axis Training in Abergavenny have a useful summary of the week ahead, from a paragliding training point of view




Other Sites




Apps

Android

  • XC Soar - tactical glide computer and navigation for paragliders and hang-gliders.
  • LK8000 - alternative tactical glide computer.
  • OsmAnd - (Open Source Mapping for Android) Detailed offline mapping, including footpaths.  Useful for finding your way out of places where you don't have a mobile phone signal.
  • Locate - Simple Ordnance Survey tool to find your Grid Reference.  Useful if you need to communicate your position by phone.

iOS

  • Flyskyhy - tactical glide computer and navigation for paragliders and hang-gliders.
  • Locate - Simple Ordnance Survey tool to find your Grid Reference.  Useful if you need to communicate your position by phone.