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NWW3 50 km resolution wave model forecasts Especially surfers might be interested in this new addon... As you might already know the wave forecasts on windguru are powered by NWW3 model from NOAA and we only used their data with 1 latitude x 1.25 longitude degree resolution. Maybe you still remember... long time ago we tried to switch to the higher (0.5 x 0.5 degree) resolution model from NOAA, but after several complaints about aaccuracy of the new forecasts we reverted back. But... advantage of the higher resolution NWW3 model is that it not only offers the basic parameters (wave height, direction and period) but also distinguish different components: primary swell, secondary swell and wind waves. The coarse resolution NWW3 data do not have this.
Now we have both. By default we show the new 50 km NWW3 model as a separate table under the GFS forecast and the GFS forecast still includes the older NWW3 100 km resolution data, same as before. If you have other preference simply go to settings -> preferences where you can configure how to display waves (registered users only). You can choose which data to include inside GFS forecasts and which wave models to display as separate tables.
If you have some custom spots and want to have wave forecasts for them, you should now visit the settings section to check their wave forecast configuration.
Custom colors in forecasts. The default colors in the forecasts were selected very carefully and we believe this is the best for average windsurfer or kiter. In case you have other preference, you now have an option, feel free to edit colors anyhow according to your personal taste. See settings -> colors. (jen registrovaní uživatelé)
WRF 3 km resolution! forecasts for Gibraltar/Tarifa. Forecasts are for next 48 hours and update 4 times per day. (jen PRO verze)
WRF 9 km forecasts for Canaries and Egypt now include wind and temperature profile plots too (see 2D tab on forecasts).
WRF 12 km for Argentina now updates 4 times per day and include wind and temperature profile plots (see 2D tab on forecasts).
Official Windguru app for Android. It's quite simple and very simliar to our mobile site at touch.windguru.cz. The main purpose of this app is to get easily to your windguru forecast on your phone or tablet. It does not have many features (at least yet) but should do what we need the most: to view the forecast in the format we are all used to :-)Main features:
- Classic windguru forecast tables
- Bandwith friendly. The app minimize downloads and should work even on slow internet connections.
- Supports offline use. When offline, the app can still display previously loaded forecasts.
The plan is to release official apps for all major platforms and all these apps should look and work same or at least very similiar.
Please note that some Windguru apps already exist for several platforms (Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Windows Phone) - see the Help section. These apps are made by external partners and still are and will be supported by Windguru as alternatives.
Some minor updates:
- Email alerts now support pressure as another parameter.
- WRF archives now also include precipitation and clouds.
- Started process of unifiyng the appearance of the forecast maps, previously the WRF maps were generated by different software and looked a little different than maps we made for GFS, NAM etc., we want to make all the maps look same. At the moment we changed maps for WRF 9 km model for Europe and WRF 3 km for Czech republic. The other WRF models should follow soon. For Europe we now have a little different detailed maps then before and also added 4 maps that show larger areas at once (NW, NE, SW and SE of Europe), should be useful to get a better overview of the forecast.
WRF 9 km resolution! forecasts for South Africa. (jen PRO verze)
A little update of the Upozornění emailem. Alerts now support conditions for wind gusts, and waves (NWW3 model).
Wind and temperature profile plots. Now you can see what wind and temperature is forecasted in different altitudes. Mouse over the "2D" tab on the forecast to select the profile. Same as the graphs introduced recently, the plots are drawn by the browser, SVG graphics support is required (all browsers except Internet Explorer 8 or below).
Graphical version of the forecast. Now you can also see the forecasts as graphs, simply click the graph icon on the second tab of any forecast table.
Since the beginning of this site, the core of Windguru was the forecast displayed as colorful table with a lot of numbers. I think it will stay like this in future too because despite one can consider it a bit oldschool, the table shows a lot of info with high detail on a small space and still looks clear and uncluttered. But why not to offer alternative display option? Forecast graph offers another view, more eye candy :-) and some people will prefer it.
If you like to have the graphical view as your default, you can set it using the "options tab" on the main page.
Important notice: Your browser must support SVG graphics in order to display the graphical forecast. All good browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, IE 9) are OK, but if you have Internet Explorer 8 or older it will not work, please switch to better browser if this is your case.
The positive thing is that all the graphs are not plain images that require additional data download, instead they are drawn by your browser, so it is also bandwith friendly for those with slower connections.
What you see below is the first version of the graphical forecast (probably not final, we expect to fine-tune it over time).
There are two main sections of the graph, the upper part is dedicated to the most important = wind, it scales depending on how much wind is predicted, if strong wind is forecasted it is bigger, if there is not much wind it becomes smaller.
The bottom part shows the "less important" parameters like temperature, clouds, precipitation, pressure and humidity - all drawn into one section to save space.The cloud cover display is a little special so it needs a little more explanation: low clouds are the dark grey area that is drawn from bottom of the graph, high clouds are light grey drawn from the top of this graph section and middle clouds (medium grey) are drawn from the center both up and downwards. If any of these fill all the area then it means 100% cloud cover for given cloud layer. Because all the cloud layers are semi-transparent if there is a lot of clouds in all layers the whole cloud graph turns almost black indicating a lot of clouds, the darker it is the more clouds are forecasted and you can still see how much each layer participate.
Right now the units for wind speed and temperature are taken from the classic table forecast, if you want to switch them temporarily, go back to the normal forecast, change units to what you prefer and then open the graph tab again, it will redraw with selected units.
Future plans are to use the graphical display for visualizing temperature profile and wind in higher levels. We also plan to allow users to customize graph appearance because not only wind addicted people watch Windguru and they probably have other preferences.
If you have an opinion or idea about the new graphs feel free to send some feedback. Thanks!
NAM 3 km resolution model forecasts for Hawaii! Updates are 4 times per day. It is free for all users.
New version of webmaster forecasts available! This is the recommended method of adding Windguru to your site now. It's very easy... simply copy and paste piece of HTML code to your site and you are done. Get the forecast code here!
Windguru Mobile (beta). Windguru mobile version is optimized for touchscreen devices - smartphones or tablets. The purpose of this site is to get easily to your Windguru forecast using the touch screen. Windguru Mobile should work with most modern mobile browsers but please still consider it beta version only. Some bugs can appear, please excuse possible troubles.
Try it at: http://touch.windguru.cz
Wind / wave direction now displayed with higher precision. This is a tiny update which you will hardly notice but can be useful... Till now windguru only displayed 16 different arrows for direction (22.5 degree precision), now it can display it exactly without this limit. Your browser must support SVG graphics to see the difference (all better browsers do support it - Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari... if you use Internet Explorer then you need the current version 9, older IE versions will not work)
HRW 5 km resolution model forecasts for part of Caribbean. Covers area around Dominican republic and Puerto Rico. This high-resolution model updates twice per day and offers forecast for 48 hours with 1 hour step. It is free for all users
Upozornění emailem! Nechcete propásnout skvělou předpověď pro vaší oblíbenou lokalitu? Nastavte si upozornění emailem a windguru vám pošle mail kdykoliv předpověď splní zadaná kritéria. (Upozornění na základě WRF modelů je dostupné jen v PRO verzi)
Předpovědi WRF pro Českou republiku v rozlišení 3 km! Takto vysoké rozlišení je velmi náročné na výpočet a proto bohužel nelze pokrýt velkou oblast, předpovědi jsou na 48 hodin dopředu a aktualizují se 4 krát denně. (jen PRO verze)
WRF 9 km doména pro Evropu rozšířena. Oblast pokrytí jsme posunuli o něco více na sever a rozšířili severním a východním směrem tak, že nyní pokrývá celé Britské ostrovy, Dánsko, jih Švédska, větší část Baltského moře a Lotyšsko.
Přidány nárazy větru do GFS předpovědí.
Windguru in latvian! The latvian version is maintained by Reinis Pļaviņš, Zane Kreslina & Igor Krumin
WRF 12 km resolution model forecasts for Argentina. (Also covers Uruguay, most of Chile, part of Paraguay and the very south of Brazil). This high-resolution model updates twice per day and offers forecast for 78 hours with 1 hour step. Please note this is still a preview only, the final version should update 4 times per day and the coverage might be a little different. (jen PRO verze)
Added sea surface temperatures. Data come from NOAA Real-Time Global Sea Surface Temperature analysis (RTG_SST_HR dataset), the source is satellite data and also buoy and ship observations.
Forecast maps from the HRW 4 km model for United States. (jen PRO verze)
HRW 4 km resolution model forecasts for United States! These high-resolution model forecasts come from NOAA/NWS (US weather service) and they are powered by WRF model similiar to HRW forecasts for Hawaii. NOAA names this as HRW (High Resolution Window) so we will use the same label. They are running 2 different domains, one covers east-central part of US and updates twice per day (we will label this as HRWe), and the other west-central part of US and updates once per day (HRWw). Both provide forecast for 48 hours with 1 hour step. It is free for all users
HRWw (US west/central)
HRWe (US east/central)
After several complaints about the upgrade to wave forecasts on 27th march we are reverting back to the previous lower resolution NWW3 dataset. Later we can add the higher resolution data again but only as optional for users who want to test it.
The wave forecasts are now powered by NWW3 dataset with 50 km resolution. Untill now we used lower resolution data (1 x 1.25 degree) which correspond to something over 100 km. This upgrade should make the wave forecasts a little better. If you have some custom spots with wave forecast enabled, please check them in your settings, especially if you entered alternative coordinates for waves.
Windguru on Android. The app can be downloaded and installed from Android Market. It's FREE
Wind chill is now available as optional parameter in the forecast tables (registered users can enable it in settings).
HRW 5 km resolution model forecasts for Hawaii! This high-resolution model updates twice per day and offers forecast for 48 hours with 1 hour step. It is free for all users
Now you can select spots from a google map. This new feature should help you especially when you are searching for a forecast in a specific area but you do not know what you should be looking for in the long spot menu. You can display the map by clicking the "show map" checkbox near the spot menu (see the picture below). Do mapy se vždy nahrají ty lokality které aktuálně vidíte v menu pro jejich výběr.
Příklad: vyberte Itálii, menu lokalit se naplní všemi italskými lokalitami a ty se též zobrazí v mapě. Pokud chcete vidět všechny lokality Evropy vyberte VŠE v menu zemí. Můžete zobrazit i úplně všechny existující lokality ze všech kontinentů - zvolte VŠE v menu oblastí a potom VŠE u zemí, pamatujte však že tímto se do menu a mapy nahraje několik tisíc položek a může to chvíli trvat... I would suggest to use the map with recommended browsers. Internet Explorer is NOT recommended because it is very slow compared to others.
If there are more spots too close to each other they are grouped in the map, click the group icon to zoom in and show more detail.
We have added over 1000 new spots to the official list. This was possible thanks to our cooperation with Stoked Publications who just released their new WORLD KITE AND WINDSURFING GUIDE. The first comprehensive spot guide to the kite and windsurfing regions of the world. Introducing almost 100 regions in 9 continental chapters and featuring over 1200 of the world's best spots. Illustrated with 700 photos and detailed maps of every region. Plus: in depth explanations of wind, wave and weather conditions throughout the year. The Guide also offers authentic travel information with essential tips on what to expect in each region and what is essential for a successful trip. Last but not least the book contains contact details of local shops, shapers, schools and gear rental as well as accommodation, restaurants, rental cars and other insider tips. Highly recommended!
All the spots mentioned in the guide are now covered by Windguru forecasts.
WRF 9 km resolution model forecasts for Egypt! The new WRF domain covers Northern Red Sea with popular spots in Egypt, and also Israel, Lebannon and south of Cyprus.
WRF 9 km resolution model forecasts for Canary islands! The new 9 km domain also covers Madeira and part of Morocco's Atlantic coast