11 =========== ---------- *AT* Bay Area, CA
I'd like to be able to compare my experience on a given day with the previous day's BLIPMAP.
40 =========== John Seaborn *AT* Boulder, Colorado
Anyway to have a single NEWS page and move all the news to that page rather than on top of the forecast items on each page?
47 =========== Greg *AT*
Per my ealier comment, maybe break it into two pages. Predictions on one and all the other stuff seperate.
48 =========== Dieter Bibbig *AT* ase; CO; Aspen
56 =========== Jaime Pinto *AT* SOSA Gliding Club - Toronto - Canada
Whatever we choose by selection.
61 =========== Ernst W. Schneider *AT* Invermere, BC
for us up here in BC an extension towards the north would be helpful
66 =========== Jim Fryett *AT* Arthur East ON
Theses last items would be a good way to analyse the flight and decision making. I have sometimes thought that a larger scale might be helpful but now that I have used the maps for a while, am satisfied with the level of detail.
68 =========== Bill Drury *AT* Benton, TN
73 =========== Linda Salamone *AT*
I don't know what an IGC file is!
75 =========== ---------- *AT* Salida, CO
Earliest and latest time of sustainable lift for flight planning.
81 =========== Ron Gleason *AT* Groveland, FL plus many others around the US
I use SeeYou and believe that integration of BlipMAP and See You would be extremly useful for task definitiona and selection along with plotting flight afterwards to determine accuracy.
92 =========== ---------- *AT* Spokane, WA
Graphic with Time of First useable lift and height of HCRIT at that time
95 =========== ---------- *AT* Post Mills, VT
At some future point, I could see finding these useful, but not at my level this year.
99 =========== ---------- *AT* Joplin, MO
106 =========== ---------- *AT* Morrisville, VT
Not sure how the lat-lon and IGC ideas would work, i.e., how the data would be down- or up-loaded. If that can be made convenient and reasonably fast then it could be useful. Blipmaps of what actually happened (i.e. the last forecast before the actual flight) would also need to be available for the previous day or longer.
107 =========== ---------- *AT* Ames, IA
If there is a way to combine data to provide a cloud STREET index that would be fantastic. Additionally, any data to suggest the formation of wave above the bounday layer (flat land wave) which often accompanies streeting conditions would be amazing to have.
129 =========== ---------- *AT* Stanton, MN
I think the idea of an overlap between regions would be great.
131 =========== Russ Hustead *AT* Payson, AZ
Overlay of major airports
138 =========== Charles Petersen *AT* Toronto ON
SeeYou integration 'How to' would be useful
142 =========== John H. Bisscheroux *AT* Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada
I prefer to look at a tephigram of the local airmass taken at 06:00 in the AM. This has been the most precise forecasting tool to my recollection.
145 =========== ---------- *AT* Avenal, CA
I'd love to see the old BLIPMAPS and do a real flight analysis. An IGC overlay would be great too. I don't favor 1/4 overlap because it decreases the resolution of the product for the rest of us (I think current resolution is perfect). How many people are really affected by this in a way that makes the "improvement" mean they won't still get two BLIPMAPs instead of one?
148 =========== Jim Hendrix *AT* Cherry Valley, AR
How about a Composite Soaring Conditions plot? Perhaps show critical height (AGL) as a contour map and thermal strength, vario reading averaged over the soaring altitude band, in colors. Add wind vectors, perhaps at mid-altitude or perhaps paired vectors at the top and bottom of the soaring altitude band (or some other graphic device that shows how the wind direction and strength changes with altitude). Perhaps six thumbnail plots on a page for 12:00, 13:00, ... 5:00 pm. These could be clicked for a full view. The idea is to get essentially all one is interested in on one page.
152 =========== Chet Meyerson *AT* Chilowee TN
155 =========== ---------- *AT* Hollister
I like the "advance warning" capabilities of the ETA. This you already have. It might be interesting to know a confidence measure if it is possible. Like higher confidence if several computer models agree? Not sure if you can get that for 3 day forecasts.
162 =========== Discus Flyer *AT* Hinton, OK
zoom ability for SW oklahoma
166 =========== James Gaar *AT* Ottawa, KS
Well heck Dr. Jack if I could get my parameters for my area with a "favorites" setting that would be great!
179 =========== ---------- *AT* Ellenville, NY near Wurtsboro, NY
The color scales are too ambiguous on many occasions. Need to insure that adjacent contours have very different colors/
183 =========== Gary Haynes *AT* Boulder CO
All three would be great additions. It is interesting to use the BLAST program, but that could be just the start.
188 =========== ---------- *AT* CYYJ
Of course, Living in Victoria BC, my own area as well as Pemberton, Port Alberni and Hope B.C. are very useful as significant glider clubs work out of those areas.
206 =========== Tim Harrison *AT* Ely NV
It would be useful to compare forecast with actual conditions experienced, possibly with an analysis of the reasons for difference. Obviously this is dreamworld material since it requires human interaction and therefore labour-intensive.
209 =========== Lisa Fitzgerald *AT* Seminole-Lake/Clermont, FL
Instead of wading through many variables and maps with even more variables and numbers, I would like to see one map with the soaring forecast based on all the variables with colored areas numbered 1 for bad to 10 for good. I am more interested in a go no-go decision than what the R.H. is at the boundary layer or information like that. “Too much information”. In the final analysis I just need to know if I can stay up in the glider long enough to justify the 1.5 hour trip to the glider port.
221 =========== Bill Whelan *AT* FDK MD
For me BMs are okay. Only thing that would make them better is better resolution but I (think) I understand what the issues are here in terms of a finer calculation mesh, etc.
222 =========== Greg Chapman *AT* GHSA Houston,TX
Recent rainfall amounts/area? Wet ground kills our gulf coast thermals.
227 =========== Jim Wolf *AT* Avenal, CA
Clarification of how to identify areas of convergence providing positive bouyancy/lift along a line . . . specific areas. Is this too much to hope for? (probably)
229 =========== ---------- *AT* sunflower aerodrome, yoder, ks
Putting the blipmap into SeeYou takes care of the plotting of an igc file.
231 =========== ---------- *AT* Sterling, MA
Trigger temperature would be nice, though not essential.
232 =========== ---------- *AT* ASE
trigger temperature (and when), lift rate, wind direction, graph of lift rates - compared to time - ie. when will there be enough lift to sustain the average glider - the objective is to know when one can make a start, how long the lift will last into the afternoon, and at what lift rates during those times - also overdevelopment potential - thundershowers and extreme weather and when and where
243 =========== ---------- *AT* Elbert, CO
Being able to plot a few airfields or coordinates would be helpful in task planning.
246 =========== ---------- *AT* Alexandria I99
Is it possible to predict the size (diameter) of the thermal at, say, 1000ft, 2000ft, 3000ft etc. from the data you provide?
261 =========== ---------- *AT* Truckee/Minden
I think you've done a fine job Jack as it stands.
267 =========== Kurt Wimberg *AT* Arco ID. Moore ID, Jackson Wy.
Need to access old blipmaps so if I hit a great day and didn't print the map, I can get it later for learning purposes (to see what a good day looks like) (on sundays I only get verbal info from local pilots because I am camping)
272 =========== Sam Fly *AT* Texas Soaring Association TA11
Grid lines to help locate various sites.
288 =========== ---------- *AT* airsailing, reno, nv
289 =========== ---------- *AT* 89TA Waller TX
Would like to see blipspots plotted on blipmap (on request) and/or major cities.
308 =========== Pete Alexander *AT* Williams, CA
The 1/4 domain idea would be VERY useful for me when flying out of Montague, CA (on the CA and Oregon border) which tends to be about 1 - 2 weeks per season. Providing the ability to plot BLIPMAPs within SeeYou would be the best overall solution for me to replay GPS flights or plan flights.
311 =========== Larry Hood *AT* Williams
the ability to look at old blipmaps for particularly good and not so good days would be helpful in learning to better understand and therefore forecast from them. It would also be great to be able to plot them on top of SeeYou tasks.... Cool idea!
312 =========== ---------- *AT* Ely MIA Contests Alamogordo, US
Blipmaps to overlay on my Winpilot moving map display so when I am flying I can see the better lift ares or convergence Zones.
318 =========== ---------- *AT* Miami Glider Club
For XC and contest planni9ng, I would like to have a "zoom" or "focus" feature so I could get info on a specific geographical area... e.g. couple of adjacent counties... and keep that as "my blipmap" ;-)
323 =========== ---------- *AT*
could the values used to create the map be downloaded, numerically for comparison to other variables
343 =========== ---------- *AT* Owl Canyon Gliderport Wellington, CO
Would be very helpful to at least show "tick" marks for cities towns on Maps, very helpful in identifying boundries, and zones. This is particullary usefull in areas of high covergance such as Mountain chains, and other orogarphic boundaries.
347 =========== ---------- *AT* (BSB) or S_Butte_ID
On the above question, don't know what IGC stands for.
352 =========== ---------- *AT* Hollister, Ca.
historical tracking and overlay capability for an area might be usefull
357 =========== Robert Bay *AT* 1738 Laburnum Ave., Chico, CA 95926
points of intrest ie HG launches and LZ's
360 =========== Ian Cant *AT* Tehachapi CA
Re the lat/long. A small overlay on the blipmap, either lat/long grid or just a few registration points, would give more precise information. But as blipmaps are essentially wide area tools, I can get by with the "about an hour north of the field" precision currently available.
362 =========== Milton Hare *AT* Williams, CA
I would like to see convergence lift at various altitudes. Currently I use a combination of convergence and BL Top to estimate this, but it's not very reliable, especially when thermals are not a large factor. I admint there are few who would use this, but it might lead to some breakthroughs in convergence soaring.
365 =========== Steve Koerner *AT* Turf and Estrella, Phoenix AZ
Those are great ideas for improvement.
366 =========== ---------- *AT* Crazy Creek Middletown, CA
The ability to blow the map up would be useful. Also, dots where known soaring sites are and using more contrasting colors would be helpful.
373 =========== Shaughnessy, Bill *AT* Stanton, MN
374 =========== Paul McClure *AT* Decatur, TX
Either lattitude and longitude or locations of various soaring sites overlayed on the BLIPMAPS would be the most useful addition for me.
377 =========== ---------- *AT* Wurtsboro, NY
Question #1 (domain extension) - Not useful to me at my current home field, but a very good idea.
381 =========== Ben Rogers *AT* hernandez
I don't know what this is. I would like a topo and a closer view overlay. How useful would addition of a webpage to plot a trace from an IGC file on top of a BLIPMAP image be to you
393 =========== ---------- *AT* Moriarty, NM
I would like to be able to download the map data files,eg. W*[lat,lon], etc.
394 =========== Samuel Poole *AT* Jacksonville Fl.
396 =========== George Burns *AT* W73
Rather than plot Lat & Lon why not locate several gliderports or features on your base maps?
397 =========== Dan Shoemaker *AT* Caddo Mills, TX
Where the model is in its run at the viewing time e.g. "00z run complete through 08z"
401 =========== Dean Chantiles *AT* Warner Springs CA
Would be nice to have soaring airports on primary pages
402 =========== ---------- *AT* Canton, GA
Some simple decriptions of forecast time/periods. 9hrforecast - from when to when? 21hr forecast from when to when?
407 =========== ---------- *AT* El Tiro - Tuscon, AZ
Bunch of great ideas Dr. Jack!!! Especially coordinates and using in See You or similar for figuring the best routes. The latter would be fabulous, especially if we could get the data for several differnt periods. Re coordinates, I am involved with some marine navigation software where we get AVN forecasts via SSB radio (slow connections!). We the mouse to define a rectangle which the server than sends the data for. If one could use his mouse over a US map to define the blipmap product, this would be wonderful.
421 =========== Dr. Hugo Vifian *AT* Hollister
From Hollister to New Cuyama is what I use most but it is fine the way it is right now.
424 =========== ---------- *AT* Moriarty,NM
Its probably on the site
425 =========== Ken Gihring *AT* Monticello, IL
Would like to see thermal updraft velocity and/or height of critical updraft strength.
431 =========== Eric Westphal *AT* Houston, TX
Place an X at user-specified coordinates on the maps, to show soaring club locations, turnpoints, etc.
432 =========== ---------- *AT* Blairstown, NJ
It would be useful to include wave prediction info
433 =========== Mike Stramba *AT* CPC3 Arthur, Ontario, Canada
434 =========== Paul Rehm *AT* Fredrick MD.
I fly wave conditions as often as I can. Currently I use the Navy hosted wave forecasting page. For our area we find that this system paints with a very broad brush and would be interested in seeing DR. Jack take a pass at it!Often times it is present by my predictions and not theirs.
435 =========== Todd Herzog *AT* ADG, MI
1. A single page with "thumbnails" of the blipmaps (e.g. add thumbnail to current link) 2. Have pages better formatted for printing. 3. I look at 18Z & 21Z (eastern US) plots. It would be nice to be able to see both of these times side by side. ( have "kludged" up my own web page to do this, but when I'm not home I have to go back and forth between plots. 4.I understand the limitations of why you set the various regions, but in a almost perfect world, it would be nice to specify the center point of the plot and have teh plots display for some specified radius. Even better would be a java utility that would let us zoom into any area of the country (there has to be a java programmer out there with idle time next winter:-)
438 =========== Roque Serpa *AT* Avenal, CA
I have yet to start serious cross country flights. I can see where all of the above might be considered useful in the future. Currently, I don't have the experience to evaluate these ideas.
464 =========== Chuck Deerinck *AT* Sky Sailing, Warner Springs, CA
Wave prediction, presented similarly to convergence.
467 =========== John Medley *AT* Crystalaire Llano, CA
Concerning the four above questions...I would be interested if I had on-board navigational equipment like a PDA/GPS unit (in the plans but not yet a reality)
472 =========== ---------- *AT* Boerne TX
Cities, major highways, and landmarks would all be useful.
474 =========== ---------- *AT* Midlothian TX
Improved user guide for the beginning user
482 =========== ---------- *AT* Pleasant Valley Airport, AZ
Like to airports marked on the maps
487 =========== ---------- *AT* Lake Elsinore, CA
How about a page with a static blipmap superimposed over a latitude and longitude grid. This would make it a lot easier to locate a launch site / gliderport than guesstimating based on major landform features and state boundries.
489 =========== ---------- *AT* Mountain Valley Airport, Tehachapi, CA
I would like to see more than one option for the Blipmap backgrounds available. For myself, I'd prefer a shadowed B/W terrain rendering in light tones with a few reference towns (they don't need to be named on the plot) and main highways (I think). I just have an impossible time figuring out where I am looking from the lines of constant elevation presently used
497 =========== ---------- *AT* Boulder, CO
As mentiond, old fashiond wind barbs on top of a blip map instead of color gradents would be easy to see and have laired ontop of somthing else you are looking at.
504 =========== ---------- *AT* Invermere BC
5 day soaring forecast, wave forecast
513 =========== Walter Gleason *AT* Lake Village IN
The latitude & longitude would be useful, especially if shown in 15 minute increments.
517 =========== Mike Parker *AT* El Tiro Gliderport Tucson, AZ
Adding blipspot locations or major city locations or better lat-long on the BLIPMAPs would be helpful for orientation when planning those long-distance flights.