Webcams and weather

 

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.

LMSC weather station at the Mynd –  Note the LMSC Mynd weather vane might stick in snowy/icy weather – its worth a double check against the MGC weather station and  windsock (both in the images below)  !

LMSC Webcam: pointing north to the LMSC launch site.

Updated at 20 minute intervals. (See here for previous imageshttps://www.mysolarcam.com/LongMyndNorth/)

LMSC Webcam: pointing south.

Updated at 20 minute intervals. (See here for previous imageshttps://www.mysolarcam.com/LongMyndSouth/)

 

MGC Webcam: Pointing west to the windsock at the MGC (updated every minute).

Image and data below should now be correct following installation of new kit by MGC and server reboot.

MGC facing west

Time lapse webcams
We now have two time lapse cams (courtesy of the MGC). If the images are static on your mobile device, or not updating, or to see it slightly bigger, use these links instead: west cam and  hangar cam.

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.

Weather station (located next to the wind sock):

Data summary

Wind direction and QNH over last 4 hours

Wind speed over last 4 hours

Clatter

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 pretty good as the station is higher up the hill than the launch and with an open aspect in all directions.  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

This Photo has kindly been authorised by carboncommunity.org for us to show.  It’s of use to mid Wales pilots and also  to show the progression of weather fronts.  It is located down near the Heart of Wales railway line by the Cynghordy viaduct which is north east of Llandovery.  The carbon community is a scientific reasearch led group aiming to identify the most efficient means of retaining carbon for the benefot of the environment, a good opportunity for anyone interested to volunteer and get out in the countryside when not flying. Their idealogy is “A new reforestation approach, rooted in science, to increase carbon sequestration in trees & soil.”
CarbonCommunity Cynghordy

Last 10 images cycle around or click on arrows at either side of image (if your browser shows them)

Courtesy of North Wales Hang Gliding and Paragliding club – Llangollen site weather station and separate camera

Other local weather stations are listed below.

Other webcams

  • 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

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.

Useful Links