Weather Center News

Aloha Everyone, thanks for coming to the News page.  It has been a big year for the Weather Center!  Going multi-sensor with our new Tempest weather sensors and new home page map.  It has been a lot of work and hopefully you like the changes. 

If you don't get the Forecast & Windsock Alerts, please sign-up!  You get a daily forecast email showing Noaa forecast with windsock rating and recommended launches.  At a glance you can see what days might be sailable so you can adjust your schedule to get out and sail!  Plus you get Windsock Alerts, per sensor, when it is windy.  We think the Alerts are awesome and encourage you to get them.

Make your first stop for checking conditions.

Tue Sep 22, 2020

New features / changes:

  • Installed Tempest Sensor at High Cliff on Sept. 11.  Thanks to High Cliff State Park & Marina staff.
  • High Cliff camera & photos are shown on current conditions page
  • Daily snapshots shown on history pages
  • Other small changes
Tue Sep 8, 2020

Bug Fix:

  • Fixed issue with iOS (iPhone, iPad, Safari) javascript date which affected sensor map and graphs. 
  • If you experience any issues, please contact us so we can investigate it.
Wed Sep 2, 2020

New features / changes:

  • Added Lake Poygan Sensor
  • Added Asylum Bay Sensor
  • Recommended Launches are listed by distance from sensor
  • Sheboygan Marine point forecast link in Forecast Links
  • Improved home page sensor map for mobile devices. Phone & Tablet work best in portrait.
  • Mobile menu improvements
  • Wind Power cam re-integrated with photos
  • Fixed graph tooltip y-axis calculation
  • Fixed Windsock alert issue
Sun Aug 23, 2020

New features / changes:

  • Fire Lane 8 sensor added on 8/23. Thank you to our new Host!
  • Read the News page for latest Weather Center info
  • A new Launch Sites page with map was added.  Sail some different spots! 
  • Our About page has been updated with New Weather Center - Please read!
  • Implemented Noaa Multipoint forecast system since we are requesting forecasts for 4 distinct lat/lon
  • Behind the scene changes to help manage Weather Center (ie: logging, content management)
  • Camera is back online.   Visit and see all 5 cameras on Multi-View

Have an idea, comment or have issues, please contact us.

Tue Jul 28, 2020

New features / changes:

  • Our Hosted Sensors are Gold!
  • Sylvan Bay sensor added
  • Hourly water temps added to map 
  • Sheboygan Lighthouse and other regional NDBC buoys added
  • Sidebar Local Cameras widget shows camera recent  snapshots
  • Some sensors show additional weather data
  • Over 100+ NOAA stations from WI
  • Windsock Alerts email can be enabled/disabled for each sensor
  • Daily Forecast email can be set to specific sensor location

We host 4 sensors now, so thanks to our new hosts.

Wed Jul 8, 2020

Brighton Beach Sensor added.  It is a WeatherFlow Tempest!

Mon Jun 1, 2020

The Weather Center now hosts multiple sensors!

Mon Oct 29, 2018

New features / changes:

Added Forecast and Windsock Analysis Page
Forecast page with 1 week forecast and windsock analysis. Page includes color coded bar graph for wind & gust graph. Windsock analysis provides daily analysis of wind using windsock rating system. Page also includes Graph of forecast temperature / wind chill and wind direction.

Daily Forecast Email Alerts
Get a daily email with the forecast and windsock analysis. Sign-up for windsock and forecast alerts and don't miss another session.


Sat Jan 6, 2018

New features / changes:

Mobile Friendly Web Site
Make the web site 'responsive' to mobile phones, tablets and desktop browsers. Implement mobile navigation menu and a sticky header. The javascript framework jquery and jquery UI were upgraded. Added php mobile detect class to aid in mobile layout. A few minor bugs were also fixed.

PHP MySql Database Driver Upgrade
The Weather Center is written in PHP and use a MySql database on an apache web server. The PHP database driver was upgraded from MySql (deprecated) to MySqli to support the next version of PHP. This change has nothing visible it is behind the pages in the data management.


Wed Feb 8, 2012

From the archives:

Windsock Alerts!
The Weather Center can send out e-mail alerts as Windsock Alerts. The Windsock rating is based on wind speed and is used extensively in the Weather Center. One can specify the Windsock Level, alert time and logic to inform you of conditions at Wind Power.

Windsock Sessions Summary
A new page showing a summary of Windsock Sessions is now available. This page has year & season (water or winter) filters so you can view subsets of the data. The Sessions are grouped by Windsock rating and total sailable hours are also indicated.

Day Information & Season Indicator
The Current Conditions page shows the current season and day information in the observations data. The day information includes day of year, week of year, and length of day and night. Similarly, the History pages also indicate season and day information for day of interest. The day information is not shown for multiple day (last 2-day and last 7-day) history pages.

Today's 1-minute Observations Page
A new page showing the current (today) 1-minute raw observations along with the 15-minute interval summary data is now available. The link is located just above the tabular data on the Current Conditions page or click here. This page was also a debug page used frequently since the Weather Center began, but now it is public to those interested. Tip: hit the end key and page-up a few times to quickly navigate to the last 1-minute observation as that table can be a long scroll wheelie.


Fri Nov 11, 2011

From the archives:

Improved Direction Averaging Logic
The mathematical calculation for average wind direction values (degrees) was improved. The previous calculation could produce an incorrect average under certain infrequent conditions. The new algorithm for wind direction average is 100% accurate and reliable. In comparing the two (2) calculation methods with Live weather data, errors in the previous calculation were less than 0.5%. FYI: In the derivation of the new logic, weighting of the direction value based on wind speed was considered. In analyzing the new Logic with and without speed-weight direction values to calculate the average direction, weighting the values adds no benefit and the directional average is strictly a time-average of the direction.


Fri Oct 21, 2011

From the archives:

Wind Compass Range & Summary Indicators
The wind compass now shows some addition values on the inner-dial of the compass. The gray shaded area is the range of wind from the Summary (the last 30 minutes). The blue tick mark is the average wind direction and the red tick is the gust direction. If you expand the Summary Details, you can see the calculated values. Also, as weather data (observations) are updated on the page, the realtime (instantaneous) wind traces a green arc and the 1-minute average wind traces a cyan arc on the compass dial.

Local Time, Date, & Sun Times Added to Current Observations
Added to the top row of the Current Observations table, the current sensor time is shown (also know as the local time). The time is not static and will update as long as the page refresh countdown is active. The sunrise and sunset time are also indicated and the icon will change to green during that portion of the day.

System Status in Current Observations Updated
The bottom row of the Current Observations table was updated to provide a simpler indicator of system status. If data (observations) are being received, the status is normal. If observations are over 15 minutes old, a warning is displayed. If observations are over 1 hour old, an error is displayed.


Wed Sep 21, 2011

From the archives:

Daily Windsock Rating System
The windsock rating is evaluated at the end of each day. The windsock level (0 through 4) must be maintained for a minimum of 60 minutes to qualify.

Date Picker and Best Recent Days
At the top of Current Conditions and History pages, a expandable date picker and list of the 6 best recent windsock days was added. A calendar icon with a down arrow is shown, just click it. To qualify for best recent days, the windsock level must be at least 2.

Weather Calendar Page
The weather calendar page displays a full Month along with each day's windsock rating. The Windsock rating table with corresponding wind speed values is also displayed on this page.

Year-to-Date Windsock Session Summary
On the Highs & Lows page, a table showing the count of days in the current year for each windsock level (0 thru 4).

Launch Assessments & Launch Tips
The Launch Assessments were revised and Launch Tips were added to provide information relevant to sailors of all levels, not just focusing on advanced sailors for higher wind and waves. The tips are being refined.

Dynamic Graph Update Timings
The wind and direction graphs update times vary throughout the day and based on current windsock level. At night (between 8pm and 8am), all graphs update every 30 minutes. During the day (8am to 8pm), the direction graph updates every 15 minutes. The wind graph updates every 15 minutes until windsock level 2 is reached, then the wind graph will update every 5 minutes.

Water / Winter Mode
For year-round functionality, the Weather Center knows the current season. For spring, summer & fall soft-water sailing and winter-time ice sailing, the recommended launches are handled differently. During the water season, launches are based solely on wind direction and speed. However, during ice season, ice conditions typically prevail and wind direction and speed are not as much of a factor, so Wind Power will adjust the recommended launches as needed throughout the season. The 'season' switch is a manual toggle within the Weather Center system and is controlled by Wind Power Surf Shop. During the winter season, the graphical icon in the title banner on the page will be a snowflake. During the water season, this icon rotates through the sports preference icons or reflects your selected sport preference.


Wed Jun 1, 2011

From the archives:

Weather Center 1.0 Live
The Weather Center was installed in late May and ran in a testing mode for a few weeks before going live on June 20, 2011.

Windsock ratings updated:

  •     calm (0 to 3 mph): 0 windsock
  •     light (3 to 10 mph): 1/2 windsock
  •     marginal (10 to 13 mph): 1 windsock
  •     good (13 to 18 mph): 2 windsocks
  •     great (18 to 25 mph): 3 windsocks
  •     nukin' (at least 25 mph): 4 windsocks
Weather data and analysis provided for informational purposes only