Pump me up wrote:
Kiteus Maximus wrote:Ha! Since when did wind meters become accurate?
Haha, yeh - I'd be the first to agree that readings from handheld wind meters at ground level are near meaningless in light winds. But you have to give a bit more credence to official government weather station readings: Their meters are well calibrated, well maintained, and set at a standard 10m above sea level. If they are well situated geographically (i.e. reasonable wind fetch), they generally are pretty accurate.
Don't edit down my post and take it out of context. The point of my post was that SupaEZ was making an absolute statement which I exposed as errant based on his false suppositions. I provided relevant data from those same sensors which showed a much different forecast than SupaEZ which would support Dimitri's claim regarding his wind readings today.
I'm all for calling out a person who makes bogus claims about their products but honestly between you and SupaEZ it feels more like you are on a witch hunt regarding Dimitri. And, no, I don't know the cat nor have I ever flown his kites.
Back to the topic of accuracy and wind forecasts. I've been in, on, and around the sea my whole life. The ONLY predictable aspect of any marine environment are tides because they are based off of known and predictable locations of the Sun and the Moon and simple mathematics. Weather, wind, etc...are nothing but pure speculation based on what-if assumptions.
Who knew the solar flare from 4 days ago hit the Earth at a declination angle of 45 degrees at the moment the Trade winds had increased due to the low pressure system which had just developed caused by the increased heating of the near shore shallow waters which had just been saturated by an additional 7 tons of sand blown in from the Sahara desert earlier that month?
This didn't actually happen altogether at once but they are all examples of individual influences of wind and weather that are impossible to predict.