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The app is designed to provide adventurers and outdoors enthusiasts with the most accurate, slightly more elaborate weather forecast than just “hot or cold” — one including wind speed, direction and gusts, precipitation, pressure, and other features.
All the main features are available for free. Windy.app Pro gives you access to additional features and more precise forecast models. Find out how to get Pro at the end of the guide.
Learn how to use Windy.app for iOS in 10 easy steps:
On the home screen of Windy.app there (left to right and downright):
To save your favorite spots, wind alerts, custom weather profiles and other informatin, create and account and login. To do so tap menu bar, then Login. Sign up with e-mail and password, or login with Facebook, Google or Apple ID.
If you forgot your password, tap “Have an account?”, then “Forgot password?”, enter e-mail to receive instruction.
Tap Menu bar, on the top of the screen, write your name or nickname, download your photo for the avatar, select your sport.
Choose one or several sports you do and see the weather forecast for it:
Preview your profile, edit it anytime, logout and login again.
Make a business profile if you want to offer services or products to other users and members of the community. This is a great way to present yourself in the app.
In addition to your name and avatar:
If someone is interested in services, he can open your account, and contact you.
Remove your business profile and return to your personal profile any time by clicking the “Remove” button.
In the main menu bar tap “Settings”, then “Units”.
Select the measurement units you’d like in the forecasts.
Turn the nearest spot to you and all of your favorite spots to widgets with useful information.
Just choose what you would like to see on the main scree: wind speed, temperature or atmospheric pressure, in the Weather Widger (for the nearest spot) and Favorite spots in Units.
To configure or disable widgets, tap on the "Settings" icon in the right top cornet. Select another spot or use the nearest spot to you back again.
Then choose more units:
Wind speed: m/s (meters per hour), mph (miles per hour), kph (kilometers per hour), kts (knots: 1 nautical mile per hour, 1.852 kmh, 1.15078 mph or 0.514 m/s), beaufort (Beaufort wind force scale).
Air temperature: °C (Celsius), °F (Fahrenheit), K (Kelvin, the base unit of temperature in the International System of Units)
Atmospheric pressure at sea level: hPa (hectopascal pressure unit), inHg (inch of mercury), mmHg (millimeter of mercury).
Tidal datums: LAT (Lowest Astronomical Tide) is the lowest theoretical water — used in Europe; MLLW (Mean Lower Low Water) is the average value of the lowest low water level — used in the US; MSL (Mean Sea Level) is not a datum, but the arithmetic mean of hourly sea level — used global.
Distance: kilometers, miles, nautical miles (1852 meters or about 1.15 miles).
Height: meters, feet (0.3048 meters).
Precipitation: mm (millimetre), in (inch).
Time: 24 h (hours), 12 h (hours).
Forecast: 1 hour, 3 hours.
Your weight: if you are a kitesurfer or a windsurfer, enter your weight as well — that way Windy.app will be able to recommend you the best kite or sail size depending on the weather conditions.
See the forecast on the map and favorite spots even with no internet connection — just activate the offline mode. Do the same from the spot page. Before going to the sea (or elsewhere with no connection), open the app to download the forecasts automatically, and then use them offline.
Make the app look the whole new way in just one click!
A spot is a specific location, a point on the map.
There are several types of spots that are easy to identify from the icons on the map or in the search:
There are also sights of weather stations with weather forecast from it.
Go to the main screen. Search a spot entering its name or directly on the wind map by the places and icons of the spots on the map.
Find a spot by an icons in the "Found spots" list:
When searching a spot you see a list of popular spots depending on your activity.
There is a list of the 5 nearest spots to you. Tap an arrow to see more nearest spots.
Add any spot to favorites. To do so, press the star in the top right corner of the screen. The spot will now appear on the main screen. You won’t have to search for it again.
Remove a spot from favorites the same way, just press the star again and it will become transparent.
If you have many favorite spotrs, pin any of it to the top of the list. To do so, just press the spot little bit, but don't open it. To unpin the spot, do the same.
Easily create your own new spot. Select a location on the map and tap on it (a short tap is enough). A window will pop up; press “+”. Enter the name of the new spot.
Important: users cannot rename spots on their own. However, if you need to rename a spot, please write to us at [email protected] The same goes for deleting a spot.
Opening a spot, the first thing you see is the windrose.
The windrose shows wind statistics for that spot for the period on the screen (that is, for the period that fits on your screen right now).
The colors of the windrose correspond to wind strength. (You will know how to find this chart later in the guide.)
Under the windrose — forecasts by different predictive models. Windy.app has two types of such models: global — on the map, and local — for a spot:
ECMWF is the #1 global forecast model. A model by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts. Considered the best for precipitation and cloudiness.
There is also a part of it — ECMWF-ENS Ensemble Model:
We recommend using regional predictive models — the best for each region. The choice of other models also depends on your needs and the specific situation. Click the model of your choice and view the forecast.
But before moving on to the forecast itself, find out more about Weather Models.
The Compare Mode allows you to compare forecasts by several models. So there is no need to rely on one model only — 10 weather sources on one chart.
The Compare Mode function and more precise forecast models are available for Pro. See further down for the ways to get access.
Remember picking favorite activities? Now open weather profiles specific to your hobbies. To select a profile, tap on the button “Current profile” under the forecast.
It shows wind speed and direction, high and low tide periods, sea currents’ directions, and speed — this parameter is available on the map, wave height in meters, atmospheric pressure at sea level.
In the short article about tides, we explain in simple terms “Why the Water Level Can Change”.
This profile suggests a kite size based on wind speed and weight. It shows the direction, speed, and gusts of wind, precipitation, and cloudiness, as well as water characteristics.
Suggests a sail size based on wind speed. Provides a detailed wind speed and wave state forecast.
It provides a detailed forecast of the swell. You can learn more about waves in the post “How Sea Waves Form. Simple Explanation”.
At the top — new Snow widget. The whole resort setting at once: the temperature at the different heights right now, last snow, snow accumulation at different heights, wind direction, and speed.
Lower is the detailed snow forecast: the temperature at different heights, place of snow and rain, general precipitation forecast.
What are a freezing level and a snow forecast is explained in the articles.
It shows solunar periods, atmospheric pressure at sea level, moonrise/moonset, air temperature, precipitation, wind direction, gusts, and speed.
The solunar is a graph of animal and fish activity, depending on the phase of the moon. To use Solunar, mark that you are into fishing in your account. Then the Fish Profile will open on any spot.
Profile for paragliding.
The interesting features here are air temperature when cycling and the UV index.
This is a general weather profile for the city or outdoors.
Customize the weather forecast the way you need and get “a rind of a DIY Windy.app”. Rename the custom profile.
To do so, select the necessary parameters and their order. There are 50+ parameters available: wind forecast by different models, atmospheric characteristics (such as pressure, humidity, temperature, etc.), oceanologic characteristics (sea currents, tides, waves), and more.
In the custom profile, also add “Sunrise and sunset” — then the respective times will appear in the dateline.
Finally, at the end of the page, customize the color of the wind speed or gust colors!
In the app easily change between 1 h and 3 h weather forecasts. To do so just tap on it:
Get the weather forecast for 10 days in the past or in the future. Learn more about 10 days weather forecast and other common forecast durations.
In Windy.app weather history is the weather that occurred on a spot in the past. This data is taken from the forecast for the spot and is available since 2012 — for the last 9 years.
This past weather data is reanalysis of the ECMWF — #1 global weather forecast model. It works "backward" in time and processes all available weather observations made in past. The result is comprehensive retrospective weather data for any point on Earth for every 3 hours.
Weather Stations — weather forecast from the closest source possible.
Weather stations show real-time weather on spots. Our app is connected to thousands of weather stations all around the world.
To check the actual wind speed on a given spot, open search, pick “Weather stations” and enter your location.
To make sure you don’t miss the best wind on a spot, set up wind alerts. Open the spot and press “Wind Alerts”:
Select the wind speed and direction, the period for the wind to stay, and the warning interval. Now you’ll never miss the best experience.
Share a forecast with friends. Press the “Share” button. It will appear in the place of the star after you add it as a favorite spot. Or press three vertical dots right to it.
The button to access the wind map is always visible at the top right corner of the screen:
On the map. Here you see and do a lot of things. The ones we didn’t mention before (from the top to bottom):
Free wind map available using model GFS27. Windy.app Pro gives you access to the ECMWF, WRF8, ICON13, and other weather models.
In the upper part of the map, there’s a scale with colors and the corresponding speeds. Tap the scale to see what does the particular color of the wind speed of gust color means.
In addition to wind speed, the map and spots also feature wind gusts info.
The difference between gusts and wind speed is that wind speed is an average for 10 minutes or 1 minute (in the US), and gusts indicate the highest wind speed.
To learn more about gusts, read the short text “Why Do Wind Gusts Occur?”.
The map also shows an hourly precipitation forecast, as well as the accumulated precipitation data: the history for the previous periods plus the prediction for the nearest future. Time intervals are 12 hours and 1-3-5-10 day(s):
The accumulated precipitation forecast shows the predicted amount of precipitation in millimeters for the next 12 hours.
The same information you can get in a spot:
How do you know if 1 mm of precipitation is a lot or a little? Learn about precipitation forecasts.
And if the weather temporarily prevents you from doing what you enjoy, we suggest you also read the simple articles about the causes of precipitation — about drizzle and heavy rain.
The definition of the HD map is 4 times higher than that of the default one.
Wind barbs are signs of wind direction and speed. It is just a familiar format for displaying the wind field. That’s how they were drawn on the maps before, and so many people are used to seeing them.
In Windy.app they are in the nodes of the weather model grid (points on the map) where the weather is predicted. This excludes interpolation (forecast errors) — the forecast is as accurate as possible. It’s updated every three hours. The forecast is as accurate as possible.
Atmospheric Fronts let you know why it will soon get colder or warmer.
Fronts always cause weather changes and often lead to stronger winds. If a front is moving towards a spot, you should expect precipitation: a cold front is often accompanied by heavy rains, and a warm front can bring drizzle.
The cold front is shown in blue and the warm front in red. The front moves in the direction shown by the blue triangles or red semicircles.
Isobars are needed to understand what is happening in the atmosphere, what the weather situation is like. Isobars help to assess fronts, wind speed, and rotation, cyclone depth, etc.
The forecast shows isobars for 10 days. For example, if you are a sailor, with isobars you can plan long trips and have a more complete picture of the weather more than a week ahead.
You can find more about what isobars are in the blog.
If you get lost on the map, recenter your location.
From the last icon on a screen, you can even select the map view you like: satellite, hybrid, or Windy (in China), and adjust the transparency of the wind forecast layer:
Hide or show spots and weather stations on the map.
Turn it on and enjoy fast map upload for areas with poor 3G reception.
Tap the Wind and Precipitation Map widget on the main screen, go to the last button on the screen — Extra Settings, turn on the new feature:
To get information about the spot tap the spot’s avatar (image) next to its name at the top of the screen or go the Spot Info section scrolling down the spot page.
Let’s check what we have here taken an example of Tarifa, Spain — the most popular spot for kitesurfing in the world:
If you have found a mistake or photo from another spot, please write about it in the comments on the same Spot Info page. Or any other comment!
There is a gallery of a real photos from the spot. Add your own photo to the gallery to help other users to know how the spot really looks like.
Not all spots in the app have spot info.
If you don’t see info in the "Spot Info" section, leave a review on a particular spot you know well, felling and sending a short form right in the app.
The Windy.app team editors will study and publish it thanks to you.
On the spot page tap three dots right to the name, then “Route to spot”, choose the map service you like, check the map, and the route to spot.
Click on “Special Offers” to find information about schools, hotels, instructors, and other professionals and companies that provide various services on or around the spot.
Scroll through the entire list of companies or sort them by type of service, sport, and location. Contact them by e-mail, phone, or visit their websites.
Windy.app is not only the app, but a community of 11 m users worldwide.
Make a post or two to tell other users about you and/or like and comment on other’s posts. Simply click on the “+” button, then add a photo, text, choose the location — send it.
In the Community, you can easily recognize other users by avatar, name, and types of their profiles: pro and/or business (biz).
All of your posts in a community are always visible in your profile page. Other users see your post at the end of your profile.
In addition to Community, there is a local chat for almost every spot.
In local chats, users share information about the real weather on the spot, give useful tips, and ask questions. Spam and verbal abuse are strictly prohibited
Chat participants are always happy to share information on how to get to the best place, warn about possible inconveniences, talk about favorite schools, recommend instructors, share photos, and arrange get-togethers! You can find travel buddies here!
If you are an instructor or school representative, you can tell us about yourself here, too.
Sometimes chats may be common to multiple spots. If there is no chat on your spot, the app itself will redirect you to a chat on the nearest more popular spot.
Find Windy.app in a social media right from the app to continue to communicate with more other users there. Follow it on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram right from the app menu.
All the main features are available for free. Pro gives you access to all of the described features in this guide and more precise forecast models.
There are three main options:
Option 1. Click on “Get Free Pro” in the app menu to receive simple instructions. You will need to invite three friends to the app to get Pro for one month.
Option 2. Subscribe for Pro. You will get it for one month, a year, or a lifetime.
To do this, select the “Full Access” button in the app menu or click on any feature with the inscription “Pro”. You can also get a 7-day free trial period if you have never subscribed to a Pro. Read the detailed instructions about the subscription on the same Pro page in the app.
Option 3. Get free Pro for a lifetime. Participate in a Weekly Photo Contest: simply post a great photo of you doing your favorite sport, get maximum likes and become Pro.
Read about all the 10 options to get Windy.app Pro.
Have a good outdoor experience!
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Authors: Elina Kirillova, Ivan Kuznetsov, Varya Konoplyannikova, Ilya and other members of the Windy.app team.
Updated on August 31, 2020