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[cough]Flight Service[cough].  Funny how far people will go out of their way not to call a briefer.

While they will temper their message with "outlook briefings are only accurate for the next 6 hours" these people understand weather and the trends that are incoming.

I made a trip on September 1 from KEPH (Washington) to KBDH (Minnesota), and returned the weekend of 10/7.

In addition to using Flight Service and the link posted above I also used this one:

That wind map showed that on the Saturday before we left Minnesota to return home the winds on the ground in Great Falls and Livingston were in the 41-65 knot range.  Needless to say that caught my attention, but the same source also indicated that it would be very calm on Sunday.

I don't know if I would call it calm (winds were generally 11G16) and the weather did tank on us Sunday afternoon in Rapid City.  Sunday's prediction would turn out to be true for Monday - which aligns with my long standing observation of weather forecasting:  The weather they are predicting will happen, but not necessarily with the timing they predict.
Forecast Discussion.
Try the NWS website.  Go to the bottom of the page and click on aviation weather.  From there, go to surface prog charts.  This will show 7 days of surface forecasts with precipitation out 60 hours and frontal boundaries, high and low pressure cells out the full 7 days.  For additional information, check out the 500 mb heights for the same 7 days. This shows the steering winds at about 32,000 ft altitude. This leaves some interpritation on your part though.

Have fun with it,
I have used windy a couple times for a long sail, well, kinda long,  like tacoma to Anacortes.  I find it was just encouragement because when you get 5 hrs into the trip it is a new show.  It is interesting to watch how the wind curves around the islands/mountains.  That is an education in itself. 
As for my type of flying a look out the window is good enough.  I can see the Olympics and Cascades from my house.  I do like the  weather channel on my nexus.  you can dial in any town and I feel the long range is kinda good but  sometime they back up and take another shot at it.  Sometimes I dial the airport what ever it is called, and get the wind.  It is often different than my house location and my plane does not like cross winds. 
Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by aftCG on Today at 12:51:28 PM »
Thanks for sharing your experience.  Cool story.
  I just got introduced to this site a couple weeks ago and can't get over the amount of information. Type the airport in to the search.
It seems like there is a wealth of weather information to be found on the internets (and in apps) these days.

However, I feel like it is targeted information.  Most forecast info I can find is either:
(a) very locale specific, or
(b) short range (1-2 days forecast).

The Weather Channel was my source for this, but even the Weather Channel has shifted to more entertainment oriented content.  That... and I cut the cord.

So where do you find out what's happening regionally/nationally?
I'd like to know about:
- weather systems coming in/out of the region
- type of systems (wet/dry, warm/cool, stable/unstable)
- where are they going
- etc...

Maybe someday Siri/Alexa will take us back to the days of 'in person' briefings in the local FSS.

Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by Dan_Root on Today at 08:27:26 AM »
I'll keep a watch if you make it to BVS. I'm usually around.
Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by hotrod180 on October 17, 2017, 10:11:50 PM »
Good looking airplane!
Just keep your eyes looking far down the runway, and your feet moving.
Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by will moffitt on October 17, 2017, 08:37:51 PM »
Sure, give me a little warning.  Anyone else in?

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