Long Mynd webcams and weather station
There are various webcams at the Mynd, courtesy of the Midland Gliding Club. Always check dates and times, to make sure you are getting the current image and weather station data.
The detailed weather information is displayed below the webcam images.
MGC Webcam: Pointing west to the windsock at the MGC (updated every minute).
Time lapse webcams
West cam: this shows the sky state over the last 40 minutes, updated every minute.
Hangar cam: this is the view from the hangar looking east towards the usual MGC launch point, over the last hour. The images are updated each minute from just before/after sunrise/sunset.
Weather station information. Updates every 15 minutes. Please note: Some people think the MGC located wind meter under-reads the speed – it’s in KNOTS and does read a bit low when the wind is off to the WSW or SW as affected by the trees and buildings, and is also well back from the venturi effect of the ridge, so please bear that in mind when reading the data below.
This image below is from our weather station located near Sarn with the camera pointing north out into the valley. Data collected constantly but averaged over 15 minutes, camera every ten minutes. Wind strengths etc. will be pretty accurate in in WNW – NE. It massively under-reads in an East or SE direction, but surprisingly tends to show the wind quite accurately as it runs down the hill behind when it is South to South West in direction.
Most recent camera image below (updated every 10 minutes), Sorry but the Storms have moved the pole in the soft ground hence it was pointing directly into the sky for ages – it is now pointing out into the valley to the North but does show the sky nicely to indicate weather coming in to the Mynd from the west.
Link to full data capture (history, trends in graphs and charts) – Opens in a new window. Once in that new window if you click on the header ‘Camera’ you will get a complete listing of the days photographs in time order rather than just the one current one. If it is flyable wings can just about be seen ground handling or flying.
Clatter is currently open to LMSC members only (temporary guest membership can be obtained by contacting any committee member).
Data collected constantly but averaged over 15 minutes, camera every twenty minutes. Wind strengths etc. will be pretty accurate in a SW wind, other directions not yet known. Being located on top of a hill in Mid Wales it is expected that the skystate and weather information will be of some use relating to our other sites in the area. Finally, it’s installed on site at Clatter, with the camera looking west across towards launch. Most recent camera image below (updated every 20 minutes).
Other live weather stations
Other local weather stations are listed below.
- Lyth Hill, near Shrewsbury
- Much Wenlock
- Featherstone, Staffs
- Gyrn. The station is located on Pentre Farm, which is the farm directly below the main flying ridge.
- Barmouth – multiple cams & weather station, useful for seeing the weather coming in from the coast.
- All UK – some of these will no longer be active.
RASP is particularly useful for XC pilots, showing a wide variety of soundings, including thermal strength. The current RASP page is at http://rasp-uk.uk/RASPtableGM/RASPtableGM.html. It is complex to understand, so there is a web cast available at: http://www.judithmole.net/blog/?page_id=3205
BLIPSPOTS and SKEW soundings
A Blipspot is taken from RASP forecasts, and provides an hour by hour forecast readout for:
- Thermal Updraft Velocity in fpm (shown as W*)and Thermal height
- Surface and upper wind speeds and direction
- % surface sun etc.
These are available on the pages for the individual sites. These are a bit complicated, so see the main RASP page for an explanation.
- XC Weather
- Metcheck Shropshire, today and tomorrow
- Metcheck Shropshire, 16 days
- Metcheck Church Stretton
- Met Office UK visible satellite
- Met Office surface pressure
- Frixo is a road travel reporting website, that provides users with the up-to-date road traffic information. Data is updated every 5 minutes using sensors placed on motorways and common A / B roads.
- Sat24 satellite most recent image below