Wind Conditions in New England and Beyond....Way Beyond - Appalachian Mountain Club

Wind Conditions in New England and Beyond….Way Beyond

December 19, 2013

What are the best resources for keeping tabs on wind speeds throughout the region? Here are the online resources I use.

The Global Picture
This brand new global wind map depicts wind conditions for the entire planet. Just like in Google Earth, you can spin the planet and zoom in on whichever area interests you the most. Fascinating, hypnotic, and useful all at the same time.

Snapshot of Northeast wind conditions, morning of 12/18/2013, from the Global Wind Map.

State by State
For state-level wind conditions, both onshore and offshore, NOAA offers a useful interactive series of graphical forecasts, which allow you to mouse over your desired weather and conditions data (wind speed/direction, wave height, temperatures, and lots more) and get forecast conditions in three-hour increments going forward. Here are the links for the individual Northeast states, from north to south:

The White Mountains
For above-treeline wind conditions in New Hampshire, the go-to site (of course) is the Mount Washington Observatory, which has a great dashboard for current weather conditions, including a 24-hour wind history graph. They also provide a wind and weather higher summits forecast, which is essential reading for any peak-bagging attempt.

Weather App
The free NECN Weather App (for both Android and Apple, app name: NECN WX) has become my go-to source for weather info on both my smart phone and tablet. You can overlay current radar conditions on a zoom-able satellite map of anywhere in the country, as well as wind conditions, cloud cover, and more. Probably the most-used app on my phone.

“Equipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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