Wind-3D allows you to see paired forecasts and observations for weather stations around the area you have selected. It’s similar to a wind map except it allows you to see all points in time simultaneously.
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What Is It?
Weather changes from point to point so by tuning a forecast to the exact location of a weather station and taking real time measurements from that same weather station, Wind-3D shows how a forecast is tracking to actuals across a wide region and shows what wind is likely to do over the course of the day.
It lets you see if an approaching change has reached far off areas and if it was predicted accurately by the forecast. This allows you to make informed decisions on when that same change may reach you and how strong it’s likely to be.
By default Wind-3D shows the current day. You can select any other day of the week or 7 day view to see how a forecast varies over a region for the week ahead. Only the current day view has real-time values (obviously).
The top chart on Wind-3D shows a forecast for the exact location you have selected. Each of the other charts show forecasts tuned to the locations of weather stations near you along with real-time observations from those same stations.
If you select ‘Show Actual Wind Direction’ the charts will change to show observed wind strength, observed wind direction and observed gust speed. The chart at the top will stay on Forecast mode but the others will be in Observation mode. This lets you see measured wind direction which the forecast view does not show.
Not All Locations Have It?
Not all locations have Wind-3D. If it does not appear on the menu then we have not set it up for that location yet. Give us some time and it will be there for all coastal locations.
More Interesting Stuff
Since wind travels faster over open water due to lower surface friction, depending on the direction wind is blowing it can vary significantly at locations that are relatively close together, especially along the coast, making Wind-3D a powerful tool for understanding how wind is behaving in your area.
Wind-3D uses ADFD forecast grids which are the highest resolution and highest grade forecast data produced by the BoM Australia (They have a few forecast products and this is their best. You will not get a better forecast anywhere).
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