WindOnTheWater.com is a mash-up of Google Maps and real-time public wind sensors. This site was created to quickly check if Sauvie Island (Oregon) will blow in the evening for kiting and windsurfing, but other areas have been added. Should be useful for kiteboarding, landboarding, windsurfing, snowkiting, paragliding, and sailing. This is a free website.
1) real time wind from many sources including NOAA, mesowest, weather underground, weatherbug, etc.
2) real time pressure gradients
3) webcam links
4) forecast links
5) cell phone pages: http://www.windonthewater.com/cell/
6) On demand text messages (with user account): click here
7) Wind alerts (with user account): click here
8) Wind Phone
9) iphone compatible page click here
(Oregon and Washington have the most functionality at the moment)
Tips on using this website:
Firefox works best, Internet explorer may be a bit slower. If on a slow connection, consider using the cell phone pages.
Not all these public sensors are in an ideal location, and may have trees or buildings blocking the wind. With the sensor window open, you can easily zoom in on the map in the satellite view to see the exact location of the sensor. Also, check the sensor notes tab for info.
To refresh the wind sensor data click the wind button. Refreshing the webpage also works, but will take longer as it reloads the map.
There is some latency between new sensor data and appearing on the map. The most popular regions/sensors will have the lowest latency. Keeping this latency low is the main goal of this webpage, but to see the very latest data, click on a sensor, then notes, and then link to the source.
To see historical data, click the wind icon. You can see today/yesterday's wind graph, with sustained wind in blue and gusts in red. Use the change region button to zoom out completely. Also notice you can see local webcams, pressure gradients, and water temperatures for some regions.
If a sensor hasn't reported for a week, it will disappear from the map to avoid cluttering. If it starts reporting data, it will show back up on the map, as WOTW generally is checking all data sources every 5 minutes.
To bookmark your region at a certain location and zoom level, navigate the map to a good level with the sensors showing, and click on the "Link to this page" at the bottom of the main page. Then you can bookmark the page (look similar to this: http://www.windonthewater.com/link.htm?r=or&l=45.604431&g=-122.744064&z=...).
The latest wind data is collected every 5-60 minutes, depending on how often the sensor delivers data. Data comes from many public sources. Click the notes tab to see sensor notes and the source of the data. All wind numbers are shown in MPH, and wind is shown on the icon if the data is newer than 3 hours.
Icon color key:
gray = wind < 14mph
green = wind 14-19mph
red = wind 20+ mph