NEWS:

January 30, 2008: This site is running the code developed by Tad Hurst.

Why not submit your favorite site? I need site name, lat, long, LZ and launch altitudes and the zipcode.

- Alan

Also check out the Northern California Regional Atmospheric Soaring Prediction BLIPMAP Forecast - produced by Dmitry Chichkov

Sounding

Station:

KOAK (alt)

Date/Time:

20 APR 2019

Temp/Wind data from:

NOAA Digital Forecast
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu
Site
Name
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Wind Above
Launch
Dumps NW 26 0 NW 21 0 NW 9 0 NW 8 0 W 8 0 W 9 0
Mt Diablo W 24 556 N 20 1582 N 23 3033 N 23 4328 W 10 4679 W 15 3934
Ed Levin W 20 1110 NW 16 3385 N 18 4459 NE 25 5573 NW 7 6661 W 10 5882
Mission Peak W 21 921 NW 16 3217 N 14 4218 NE 21 5975 W 8 6380 W 9 5668
Potato Hill NW 6 1979 N 8 4779 N 10 9099 N 9 9703 N 6 8895 SW 7 7915
Mt Tamalpais NW 24 872 N 16 2074 N 17 3248 N 21 3676 W 8 3475 W 9 3021
Tollhouse NW 10 960 W 9 731 W 7 2916 SW 6 5899 W 5 5899 W 6 8348
Elk Mountain NW 12 799 NW 8 2288 W 8 4370 N 7 8345 W 7 8345 W 7 6814
Big Sur W 13 0 N 20 0 N 17 1362 N 7 1779 N 3 2012 W 5 1176
Ft Funston NW 29 0 NW 23 0 NW 13 0 W 8 0 W 9 0 W 10 0
Marina Beach NW 17 278 NW 20 278 W 8 278 NW 10 2091 NW 9 2091 W 9 734
Dunlap W 9 0 W 8 0 NE 6 1292 E 7 3096 E 5 3096 W 6 4132
Weaver Bally W 9 0 NW 9 859 NW 8 4342 NW 7 6211 W 8 6833 W 6 4342
Timberline NW 12 0 N 8 1488 N 12 4128 N 10 6767 N 7 6767 W 9 6559
Burn Launch SW 12 0 NE 9 0 NE 8 3649 NE 8 6953 SW 9 9186 SW 13 8322
Hat Creek Rim W 8 191 NE 8 3180 NE 9 7376 NE 7 8406 W 6 8812 SW 7 7790
St John NW 8 0 N 12 0 N 15 1340 N 13 4543 W 8 3653 W 12 3653
Noel Springs N 9 662 N 13 2710 N 15 6994 N 14 7829 N 7 7829 W 12 7620
Lake McClure NW 15 2951 NW 10 3407 W 8 4756 NE 5 6516 NE 5 8879 E 5 9282
Sugar Hill NW 13 0 N 12 3 N 8 4773 NW 5 6542 W 7 6960 W 12 6751
Goat Mountain W 13 2091 N 17 3442 N 14 6301 N 7 8918 N 6 9521 W 10 9120

DISCLAIMER: These estimates are intended to assist in daily site selection only.  No warranty is made concerning the accuracy of these estimates.  These estimates cannot be used to determine if conditions are safe for flying.  Conditions should be evaluated at the launch site by experienced pilots before launching.

Sounding: This is the site at which the weather balloon was released.  If the flying site predicted is far from the sounding site, the estimate is not valid.  Also, the sounding is done at 12Z (4AM PST).  If a front comes through, the sounding is no longer valid. The sounding becomes less valid later in the day.

Thermal Ceiling: the lower of the height at which the thermal stops rising and the cloud level.  We can't fly into the clouds, so it doesn't matter how much higher the thermal goes.  Remember that we can't get to the top of the thermal because of our sink rate.  Our upper limit will be lower than the reported ceiling.

Soaring Ceiling: We will stop going up when the thermal is rising just fast enough to offset our sink.  It is estimated that this happens when the temperature difference between the thermal and the surrounding air is about 2 degrees F. This number is an estimate of the maximum altitude we might reach if we start at launch height, and should be more reflective of our chances of soaring than the thermal top. Please let me know how this compares with actually flying, and I will adjust it as necessary.

Above Launch: The difference between how high we might get and how high we start. This estimate does not account for ridge lift.

High Temp: This estimate is taken from the National Weather Service website.  Puddle temperatures can exceed this temperature. 

Puddle Temp: This estimate is based on the High Temp and the National Weather Service estimate of cloudiness, and the angle of the sun.  When the sun is directly overhead on a sunny day, the puddle temp is esimated to be 25 degrees warmer than the high ambient temperature. This estimate now includes a rigorous calculation of the Sun Angle, and accounts for the seasonal differences in zenith and daylight hours.

Wind: This estimate is taken from the National Weather Service website.

Thermal Type: Blue (no cloud formation) or White (Cloud formation)

Thermal Index: This is the maximum difference in temperature between the rising packet of air (the thermal) and the surrounding air.  The difference in temperature is responsible for the buoyancy of the thermal, and larger temperature differences mean faster rising thermals.  A value of about 10 F or greater often means that the conditions are soarable.  Values above 20 could indicate rowdy thermals.

Validity of estimate: Many factors (including strong wind, fronts, cloud shadows, incorrectly predicted temperatures, etc) can affect the validity of the estimates. 

Author: Tad Hurst

Supported By: Alan Crouse ac_soaring@yahoo.com