In the new version 3.1 (October 5, 2021) of the WindHub yachting app for iOS, you can find an incredibly useful Weather Radars feature.
Weather Radars is a modern weather parameter that shows precipitation forecast — rain, snow, sleet, hail, and others, but most often rain. It differs from the normal weather forecast in that it is an accurate forecast for a very short time, namely the next 10 minutes.
Weather radars answer questions like "When exactly does the shower stop?", "Does that cloud really bring a downpour?", "Is it going to be rainy in two hours?" and similar, which can’t be answered by a normal weather forecast. The normal forecast is made for the day (and the next 3, 5, 10 days) and updates at top speed once per hour for regional models like HRRR for North America, but usually less frequently — once, twice, four or eight times a day.
The Weather Radars in the WindHub app give you a forecast for the next 1.5 hours in ten-minute step. At the same time, you can have access to weather radars history for the past 6 hours in the same or the previous day. In total, forecast and history for 7.5 hours.
The feature will be useful for all sailors who are more dependent on the weather and used to monitoring the atmosphere more often than the average outdoorsman on water and land. But also for anyone who is involved in active recreation or just traveling.
1. Open the app and choose the Radars in the Weather Map Features Slider — a third icon from the top:
Weather Map Features Slider in the WindHub for iOS
2. Zoom in the map to find the region you are going for sailing.
Move the time scale at the at the bottom of the screen to choose the time period you need in the future and in the past.
The colors indicates:
Weather Radars forecast for Europe in the WindHub for iOS
Weather Radars forecast for Balkans, Southern Europe, in the WindHub for iOS
Weather Radars forecast for Irakleia (Heraklia) — an island and sailing marina, a part of the municipality of Naxos and Lesser Cycladest, Greece, in the WindHub for iOS
Try the new feature and let us know what you think to [email protected].
You can also find the Weather Radars feature in MeMeteo, the third app from the Windy.app team designed for general weather forecasting.
Learn more about what weather radars are and how to properly read a weather radar map in an article in the Windy.app blog.
Text: Ivan Kuznetsov, an outdoor journalist, editor and writer from the Dolomites, Italy, and Karelia, Finland, with 10 years of professional experience. His favorite sports are hiking, cycling and sauna. Read his other articles