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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:
https://www.wunderground.com/severe.asp

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.
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Forecast Discussion.
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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,
Colin
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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. 
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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.
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  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.

https://www.windy.com/
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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.

-J
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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.
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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.
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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?

will
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