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    On-Line Weather Tools, What Do You Use?

    I have used for many years Weather.com's aviation maps page for part of my advance planning. Well, they did away with it recently. It had been hard to find for a long time and now it is gone as far as I can see. The nice thing that it gave, was a 7 day precipitation forecast for a region, which helped with long range flight planning. Of course, in this part of the country it is always subject to change, but it worked pretty good.

    The NOAA site is PACKED with information, more than one can digest. Has anyone found a similar tool to what the weather.com tool did somewhere else?

    Thanks!

    sj

    P.S. One of the things I find irritating about Foreflight (which I own) is that I can't access the stuff on-line, I have to use the "app". It sure would be easier to setup and plan with a regular old computer. I know. I'm getting old.
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    I like Weathermeister.com there is a subscription charge, but it's not too extreme, it's great for route planning and area briefings. There is a great 7 day forecast feature
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    I used Weathermeister for years. Have to check it out again now I guess!

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    For quick chk of Metars and TAF I use the AeroWeather app for iOS. Simple straight forward with raw or translated data and a quick check box of "VFR", "MVFR", "IFR" or "LIFR". For flt planning of course, Fore Flight. For long range forecasts I have found Intellicast.com to be the best. Used to use WX Underground, but Intellicast seems to be more accurate in the 24 to 72 hour range. Beyond that everyone is rolling dice.

    One feature I like on Intellicast on the 10 day forecast is to put it in "graph mode" and check the forecast winds. Very intuitive with a quick glance.

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    I like Wunderground for the longer term forecast and they seems to be pretty accurate and updated on a regular basis. I use ADDS Satellite, Radar, Prog Chart, Wind/Temps and TAFs for more current conditions. Will have to check out Intellicast and Weathermeister.
    http://www.aviationweather.gov/adds/radar
    http://www.wunderground.com/US/MI/Grand_Rapids.html

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    Intellicast & Skyvector
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    Weather Underground (for long trips I pick a couple of intermediate points to watch besides just each end), NOAA via aviationweather.gov (vis, ceiling and winds are usually quite accurate), and Four Flight for short term to pick up the TAF's, winds etc. but only in the 12-18 hours before go time Also, if heading somewhere I don't normally go, I'll find a local TV station and look at their forecasts to better understand their patterns.
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    I just use Kirby....(OldCrowe)

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    WeatherTap.com

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    WeatherTAP on the phone works good. I have a couple loaded on my phone. wunderground lets you check IR and satellite. I still listen to the NOAA band on my handheld because it gives local hazards when I'm pushing it. Not that I would ever do that. Webcams from your phone give you a ceiling view ahead or where you can go.

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    I use good 'ol NOAA weather for 7 day forecasts and non-aviation planning; AOPA weather and various webcams for home flight planning, and Foreflight away from home.

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    I've been using WeatherMeister for years and love it. Very simple and the interface stays the same. All information is presented in a straight forward, decoded format.

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    I have been using weathermeister for a few years, like the features and how it gives everything on one page. For local weather I also look at weatherspark.com it has some cool trend predictions. It is very customize able. If you turn wind arrows on the map display on you can play back the last few hours and watch the arrows move and change length based on the wind speed and direction. Gives you a good idea how things are moving around.

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    Windfinder Pro is a great site also.
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    No ADDS love? Its NWS for pilots specifically.

    http://www.aviationweather.gov/adds/

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    weathermeister & weather underground

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    Actually, I have been using ADDS for many years also. It's my go to for text data, and of course the awesome high resolution full loop: http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php

    Thanks for all the ideas folks! I used to use weathertap all the time too, I assume it is a subscription still?

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    sj, Is this what you were looking for? http://www.weather.com/weather/map/i...e/l/02338:4:US
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    No, I'm aware of that one. This used to be called the aviation weather map page, and it had a total us map forecast by the seven days of the week forward.

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    weatherTap is a free app

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    weatherTap is a free app

    Glenn
    If it's free I don't know about it. I use it on a laptop & Ipad and it's about $8 / month.

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    Mine is free, have it on my Pad and my phone. When I looked the app up one had a subscription and one was free. Being a cheap ass I picked free. Timmy has the free one also.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cubdriver2 View Post
    Mine is free, have it on my Pad and my phone. When I looked the app up one had a subscription and one was free. Being a cheap ass I picked free. Timmy has the free one also.



    Glenn
    Yup, free app use it all the time. If I'm not sure its safe to fly, I call Glenn, and he says go or no go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Yup, free app use it all the time. If I'm not sure its safe to fly, I call Glenn, and he says go or no go
    So you are related to SteveE!
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    Cant help ya, im still using the rock and a onion.
    http://library.ndsu.edu/grhc/article...ws/pates2.html
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    Dang. You beat me to it. 😀
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    Air Sports Net is useful.
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    Not sure if it it the same as the other NOAA website posted but it has been working for me. Just change it to your local patch noaa.gov/zoa/getobext.php?sid=paaq

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    https://www.windyty.com/ is pretty neat for winds. You can select different wind elevations and go out for a 6 day prediction. I used to listen to Tim, now that I know he gets his advice from Glenn I am not gonna do that anymore.

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    A bit off topic but maybe useful if any of you guys visits the region. In South America there is no nexrad. Best tool after many years of use: http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/GOES/goeseastnheir.html
    Reliable with quite good coverage.
    If you fly in Colombia this is the page:http://190.27.249.248
    Keep in mind that if something can be said about tropical weather is that it is unpredictable, so a forecast is worth just for hours.
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    Steve, don't forget that none of this stuff actually counts for legality purposes even though every site mentioned is better than basic DUATs. To cover myself I always download a complete route briefing via the DUATs app on my smart phone so I can prove (via my N#) that I actually did get a briefing. Looking at it is optional since I've already gathered all of the info via other sites, even TFRs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aviationinfo View Post
    Steve, don't forget that none of this stuff actually counts for legality purposes even though every site mentioned is better than basic DUATs. To cover myself I always download a complete route briefing via the DUATs app on my smart phone so I can prove (via my N#) that I actually did get a briefing. Looking at it is optional since I've already gathered all of the info via other sites, even TFRs.
    I believe Four Flight's downloaded brief fully qualifies...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim View Post
    Yup, free app use it all the time. If I'm not sure its safe to fly, I call Glenn, and he says go or no go
    Tim taught me to go up and take a look

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    Quote Originally Posted by OLDCROWE View Post
    I believe Four Flight's downloaded brief fully qualifies...
    Never got that, guess there's a bunch of features I don't even know about. Foreflight on my
    Phone is what I use. Sometimes on the iPad.

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    So you don't have to have a tradeaplane subscription to get free weathertap? It was prompting me for a login...

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    I just went to the play store and downloaded it, free. Maybe things have changed

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    I don't have a WeatherTap login, which my "free" version prompted me for.
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    Lockheed Martin Flight Services web site is the FSS's site for briefs and filing flight plans. Also covers the "legal" part of a brief.
    www.1800wxbrief.com

    You can open and close plans with a text msg. Pretty cool in areas where no radio coverage, or when the one briefer is busy on multiple freq's, and you are trying to close before going NORDO. One can save flight plans, all info is there for next time, kind of like your own personal Master Flight plan. Makes filing much faster.

    I think their graphics are ok. I like a combo of NOAA's metar maps http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/zoa/mwmap3.php?map=usa
    NWS local and aviation stuff.
    The Wind Map is neat http://hint.fm/wind/ while its not an app.

    Cell phone apps include MyRadar Pro. AeroWeather. and Mike's web cam viewer AKAvCAMsLt.

    The AeroWeather app, one can customize different "groups". such as specific cross country routes. While in cell coverage you can update along the way, can be set to display in Raw or Decoded,

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