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   Airports:
Santa Barbara
Camarillo
Oxnard
Point Magu
Santa Ynez
Santa Maria
San Luis Obispo
Paso Robles
WJ Fox
Palm Springs
Bakersfield

   Forecasts:
Santa Barbara
Marine Forecast
SB 7 Day Forecast
Forecast Discussion
Winds Aloft
SB Lapse Rate
El Mirage (Graph)

   Observations:
VBG Balloon
Elings Park
Flores Flats
La Cumbre NWS
La Cumbre OYN
Westwood Hills
Alta Mesa
West Mesa
Mesa
Hidden Westside
Bel Air Knolls
Campanil
More Mesa
Rincon
Rincon Mountain
Montecito 285 ft
Salton City
Salton Riviera
WillyWeather Harbor
Harbor Bouy
West Bouy
East Bouy
Point Arguello
NWS Wind Map

   Maps & Radars:
Jetstream
Windyty Wind Map
USA Wind Map
Skew-T SB
Sea Level Plot
AccuWeather Doppler
Interactive Doppler
WeatherBug Doppler
KSBY Doppler
Real-Time Rainfall

   Webcams:
SBCC Webcam
Mt. Wilson Webcam


Weather To Fly

Flying an Ultralight requires almost constant attention to the weather. Our operating limitations dictate a careful assessment of the current local weather conditions and what's on the horizon.
    Here, we have assembled some of the most useful links to Forecasts and Observations as well as other interesting weather related items we like to visit.
    The Java-based Skew-T or ETA Soundings are awesome tools to see winds, temps, dewpoint and more for the eSatellite loopxact area you are looking to fly. Use the nearest airport code, or insert the lat/long coordinates of your favorite launch!
     Winds Aloft are one of the most valuable information sources for the velocity of the air at the different altitudes, as well as the temperature difference as you ascend (better known as Lapse Rate).
     Surface Wind Vectors shows a visual map view of the winds for the area, and includes a link to a 12 hour java loop of the wind, and charts for the previous 72 hours  as well.
     The various Satellite Loops will show you the approaching storms and their track towards the area. These take awhile to load because they are animated, but they are real valuable links.
     Jet StreamThe Doppler Radar Loop is another great animation, but you'll only use it if there's an impending storm (such as the one shown in the link picture!).
     The Jet Stream analysis will  give you a good idea of the general upper level flow across the area, and this will definitely affect the lower level winds if it is strong!
     When given UTC (Zulu) time, just subtract 8 and you have the time of the reading. In October to March (daylight savings), subtract 7 for the correct hour.
     Feel free to explore the many other links to weather, webcams and other fun stuff that we've gathered here. Please let us know if there's a good link we can add! 

Temperature Converter

Farenheit
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(enter either to get the other) 

 

Other Flying Sites:

El Mirage Flying Weather
California Valley Flying Weather
Santa Barbara Condensed

(for your mobile phone)