I know that the parameter info could be improved and will be doing that partically based upon your comments.
1 =========== Milton Hare *AT* Williams, CA
Pilot's guide and more information about accuracy in different parts of the country, and what type of weather patterns cause problems with BLIPMAP predictions.
12 =========== John Wagner *AT* Ionia, MI
Maybe some graphics to help explain some of the theory.
16 =========== Todd Herzog *AT* ADG (Adrian, MI)
Around here, Thermal Trigger Temp and daily high are important. I use www.weather.com to get forcast high and an hour by hour temp forcast. This info can make or break a day. Not warming up fast enough (clouds/fog) then wont make trigger. Warming too fast, might be a great day or O/D early. Not sure how you would depict this info graphically, but I use it.
22 =========== Bill Richardson *AT* Warner Springs, CA
There is enough there for me.
29 =========== ---------- *AT* 2K0 Monticello, IL
Some detailed disscussion of specific events, like the convergence event last year, to better illustrate the overall picture and how it relates to the local level.
31 =========== ---------- *AT* Elbert, CO
wave forecasts, or stability and wind maps to help with that
32 =========== ---------- *AT* Menomonie, WI
It would be very helpful to include educational information, including links to technical info that you don't have time to write. Most of us can handle some techinical discussion, especially if we know of somewhere to go to learn the jargon and concepts. My favorite mystery jargon term is "vorticity."
33 =========== ---------- *AT* van sant/ erwinna, PA
if its possible to extend the forecasts out another day or2 in the future, that would be very useful.
34 =========== Dieter Jaeger *AT* La Grange, GA
Tutorial on how each parameter can be useful, and what the range of values in a given conditon/area are.
37 =========== ---------- *AT* Turf Soaring, Phoenix, AZ
The most important map could be BL depth change from previous day. I constantly see pilots with those two (or similar) printouts trying to compare them.
41 =========== ---------- *AT* hemet, CA and driggs, ID
I have explored all the current info on the site, but intend to.
43 =========== John "bumper" Morgan *AT* Napa, CA and Minden, NV
See above. Adding brief explanation on the same page as the blipmap viewer would be good for us "dummies".
46 =========== Gale Winnett *AT* Marion Municipal Airport, Marion, OH
There is already more than I have been able to utilize. That is my problem however!
49 =========== Jeff Melin *AT* Terry - Indianapolis, IN
Information as it has been presented on the site is adequate for my needs.
56 =========== J Meier *AT* Mancos, CO
Wind dir. with elevation
59 =========== Frank Peel *AT* Fremont, CA
The examples of how other pilots have used BLIPMAPS would be useful for comparative purposes, but in all honesty after an initial review of several I wouldn't look at them much. Newsgroups are only useful if one has time to constantly monitor them to determine which participants know what they're talking about vs. those that just think they do. Information on BLIPMAP development can be found on your Web site and I visit there regularly, so getting email on the subject is unnecessary.
60 =========== Larry Hood *AT* Williams, CA
a library of past maps, the resulting forecast and subsequent discussion of the actual would be helpful. I'm simple... "if it looks like this... it means this...". For example, I still dont get how to forecast convergence.
62 =========== Matt Gillis *AT* Hollister, CA; Truckee, CA
More information on the inputs that are used. Specifically, what inputs are the weakest links in providing improved resolution to the model. This could provide food for thought for improvements, either extrinsic or intrinsic.
66 =========== ---------- *AT* Blairstown, NJ
Wave Forecasts and a compass rose.
Doing good wave forecasts are complex and beyond the scope of this program.
85 =========== ---------- *AT* Colgan ONT, Canada
Hrm, Information would be in the form of "For Advanced Users:" For basic users the Animations of Time-Lines and more advanced forcasting would suffice. (Good-lift/Bad-lift forecasting)
95 =========== Charles H. Leu *AT* Air Sailing, Warm Springs, NV
If possible provide two meters: 1) one that summarizes the soaring outlook in an analog format; provide an indication of soaring potential by looking a one gauge (I know it aint so simple, but if the soaring forecast sucks, I won't bother scanning all of the numbers). 2) one that shows if the soaring potential is predicted to increase or decrease in the forthcoming few days. Also provide of how the various numbers can be interpretted, but also provide a link that provides more details for the wx techno-weanies.
101 =========== Tom Hubbard *AT* Hollister, CA
The best for me would be discussions from other pilots on how they use the BLIPMAP. I'm not interested in getting deep into how the calculations are done, just the results and how to use them.
102 =========== ---------- *AT* HDH (HI), TRK (CA), MEV (NV)
Possibly for Hawaii where I live and fly part of the year.
104 =========== Bill Poole *AT* Jacksonville, FL
thermal trigger temps.
105 =========== ---------- *AT* Kelly Airpark/Elbert, CO
I haven't studied all of the information that's there yet.
107 =========== Jim Phoenix *AT* Wurtsboro, NY
Earlier predictions on the evening before the flying day
114 =========== Ramy Yanetz *AT* Hollister, CA
blips are as useful and important as blipmap, I usually check blip more often than blipmap. I would like to see more blip locations. Maybe make them accessible by clicking on different blipmap regions.
117 =========== ---------- *AT* Caddo Mills, TX
126 =========== Greg Arnold *AT* Santa Ynez, CA
Regarding the discussion group -- this could be done on Yahoo Groups.
133 =========== ---------- *AT* Alamogordo, NM
I believe you do a very good job on the site now.
137 =========== ---------- *AT* Hinckley, IL
140 =========== ---------- *AT* Chilliwack, BC, Canada
As I mentioned above, I would love to see more coverage for Canada, especially British Columbia and Alberta.
141 =========== ---------- *AT* Forrest City, AR
Wish List Item---Excellent Potential Soaring Weather Alert---for my area (South Central)
142 =========== Bob Semans *AT* Minden-Tahoe Airport, NV
Different perhaps but not more. It depends on what information has the most utility. Whatever that is takes some time to determine.
144 =========== Louis Fitzpatrick *AT* Philadephia Glider Council, Hilltown, PA
Better instruction on data use
145 =========== Dean Chantiles *AT* Warner Springs, CA
Simple plain English explanations of each chart: how to use, h how to interpret, what it means. Most of us are just pilots, not engineers or geniuses.
147 =========== Bob Fidler *AT* Ionia, MI
I also compare lift by downloading FSL soundings using the ruc2 model as a text file. These sounding are put into Soarcast. I play with the max temp. to understand how the max temp will effect velocity of thermals during the day as the temperature rises.
155 =========== Tony Smolder *AT* Turf - Peoria, AZ
Flight actual data versus predicted
160 =========== GUY ACHESON *AT* MEV, NV
MOUNTAIN WAVE INFORMATION.
161 =========== Dale Kramer *AT* Harris Hill, NY
I would like have the ability to submit an IGC file and have it analysised and compared to the Blipmaps for the day.
162 =========== ---------- *AT* Salida, CO
Is there a TIP site established already for anywhere in CO? How would I get one established for Salida, CO?
165 =========== ---------- *AT* Crazy Creek (Middletown) CA
Yes Yes. Us new folks need the veterans to share their experiences with us.
167 =========== Walter Rogers *AT* California City, CA
I would like to see a time-height graph of the BL height both from observations and forecasts. With this display you could include error bars for height variability, Hcrit, and the LCL. I'd recommend 7-14 days of data (maybe longer) with the now line in the middle.. The graph would be available at key site and/or soaring sites. Also include verification of the forecasts and the option to export the data into something like tabbed files or CSV format (spreadsheets).
168 =========== ---------- *AT* Hollister CA
Very comprehensive as it stands; major problem is the time and focus to understand it ALL. No problems with existing web site.