Boulder Weather Links
Boulder Forecast (European Model)
North Boulder Ridge Station (on launch) - Past Conditions
Understanding the winds at NBR
If the arrow is in the green it is in a good direction but that isn’t the only thing you should look at. Make sure you check winds aloft and behind the hill. If there are strong winds from the west aloft (>20kts at 12k feet) or at sites behind the hill, it could quickly switch west and become very gusty and dangerous on launch. Avoid Gust factors greater than 10mph
0 – 6mph: Flyable but not soarable
7-10mph: Weak but soarable
10 – 14mph: Perfect
14-20: Strong – Advanced pilots only
Above 20: DANGER – Too strong!
The following data is shown from the NCAR Mesa Lab just 5 miles south of launch at an altitude of 300 feet above town. Look for trends in the last 24 hours to see if hazardous winds have occurred recently.
Wind Table - Mesowest & Weather Underground Data
|Station||Speed (mph)||Gust||Direction||Temp (°F)||Humidity (%)|
Get the Big Picture
Useful for determining the large scale weather patterns and what large scale winds can be expected.
Quick reference to see if there is any potential for soaring. Can forecast day of or a few days out.
Live winds aloft at Denver International Airport
Most recent sounding from the stapleton site. Note: This is not a forecast these were actual sounding data. Data is gathered twice a day at 0600 and 1800 local time.