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RUC Forecast Soundings

These are forecasts of the atmospheric profile you can expect at various flying sites at the actual time you will be flying. They are based on the RUC weather model from NOAA/NCEP and are available for the following sites.

Santa Barbara, Pine Mtn, Black Hawk, Lone Pine, Bishop, Guadalajara

12Z Upper Air Sounding Sites

Currently I know of two sources for RAOB data. One is a cgi-form at Univ. of Wyoming. The other is at the Unisys weather server.

I've written some scripts which download the 12Z soundings every morning and plot up the data in a form more intelligible to pilots than the Stuve or SkewT plots. Tell me if you have any sites you'd like me to add.

Vandenberg, Mercury, San Diego, Oakland, Edwards, Medford

Tuscon, Flagstaff, Albequerque, Boise, Denver, Grand Junction, Salt Lake City, Reno, Riverton

Topeka, Grand Rapids, Norman OK, Dodge City KS, Midland Regional TX, Amarillo

Or submit request for station not listed above. See map of station IDs.

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700 mb forecasts

These are very useful for long range (day or two) forecast of soaring condition. I like them for helping decide if it's worth going to the Owen's for the weekend.
initial, 12 hr, 24 hr, 36 hr , 48 hr, 60 hr, 72 hr
Interpretation of 700 mb maps. (Basically, you want to see a green or yellow spot where you plan to fly.)

Forecast Discussions

Southern California
Northern Californa
In weather argot, but very informative.

Misc Links

Winds Aloft Forecast
Aviation Model Forecasts
700 mb maps plus more
LA area weather
Scripps Weather Page (SIO)
Interesting stuff at Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
NOAA Main Weather Page
Climate Prediction
Up to three month outlooks