2 =========== Hal Chouinard *AT* Crazy Creek, Middletown CA
Overlay map to pinpoint specific airports/turnpoints on the forecast display.

See FAQ about this

13 =========== Chris Ruf *AT* laGrange GA
Wave forecast for Appalachians - Great wave can be done in NC & WV etc and sometimes TN also.

Find someone to run the RASP model for that region !
The BL winds along with the proposed surface winds will help us with ridge forecast

17 =========== ---------- *AT* Houston Gliderport, Waller, TX
Include major cities as "dots" to allow easier interpolation of actual soaring site position on map.

26 =========== ---------- *AT* Alexandria, IN I-99
Include slider buttons so that both size and resolution can be increased and still be viewable on small monitors

Viewers already have capability to expand/shrink image

27 =========== ---------- *AT* Avenal, Ca
A dot or some indication which shows the exact location of each soaring site rather than having to interpolate from the grid map.

28 =========== Rick Culbertson *AT* Kelly Airpark, Elbert CO
You mentioned the possible ability to overlay an IGC file, that would be very handy.

Now available

30 =========== ---------- *AT* Mt. Diablo
wish: a way to compare a parameter on two days. So it would be a plot of (parameterX(day1))-(parameterX(day2)). It would aid in deciding which day of two looks like the better one.

38 =========== Daniel L Johnson *AT* KLUM, Menomonie, WI
Yes: the BLIPmap viewer is wonderful!

40 =========== ---------- *AT* Arlington, WA and Ephrata, WA
Maybe a longer flight map version that would allow prediction of long multi-region flights >400 miles with viewing conditions on a single map. The map would be reduced resolution with the regional maps giving better detail if needed.

45 =========== Milton Hare *AT* Williams, CA
It would be 'nice to have' composite maps which show related parameters together. 1) Lift/Sink Map: a)BL Top where W* >300 and BL Depth > 3000 b)Boundary Layer Max Up/Down > 30 c)Wave Up/Down > 200 fpm d)Ridge Up/Down > 200 fpm 2) Cloud Map: a) areas expected to be clear (blue) b) areas with cu (blue with white spots) c) areas of overcast (solid white) d) areas of precip (purple) e) areas with CAPE > 500 (red) Wave Wind Altitude Map: A simple map showing each grid space where winds meet the basic requirements for wave (speed > 25 mph, direction constant

67 =========== David Grah *AT* Bishop, California
Key locations such as airports, cities, or rivers would be usefull on the maps. The terrain is different enough from what I consider reality it is a little hard to orient myself sometime.

68 =========== John H. Bisscheroux *AT* Hawkesbury, ON Canada
I still like the balloon tephigram data best and a tephigram I consider most useful.

73 =========== James Bradley *AT* Crestline, CA
1. It would be great to reproduce the scale/legend at the bottom as well as the top. In particular, this would make it so you could enlarge the maps as discussed below, without hurting usability on smaller monitors. Most people don't need to see the entire state of nevada but having to scroll up and down to compare the lower part of the map to the legend is a chore. I put in for a 50% increase in size, but if you reproduce the legend at the bottom I would vote for a 100% increase. 2. Some of the links to explanations for each type of blipmap presume too much knowledge; they explain how the map is derived but not what it means or what you might do with that information.

81 =========== Bob Gibbons *AT* Texas Soaring Association (TSA), Dallas, TX
It would be nice to be able to overlay local landmarks more easily on an BLIPMAP display. I am aware of the landmark page, but it is cumbersome to consult this page. It would be a nice feature to be able to turn these landmarks on and off in something like the UniViewer.

103 =========== Norman A. Page *AT* Crystalair/Llano/CA
(1) More forecasting into the future to help plan ahead as when to take off work and fly a task. This is the main reason I like the ETA BLIPMAP. (2) Forecasting for more times of day to better understand how the shear lines will move during the day. Shear lines and convergences are a big deal in the Great Basin (CA/NV Region) and control to a large extent where we can or should go. (3) A better depiction of where the shear lines and convergences are located at various times of day and how they are moving. (4) I have often wondered if your definition for a convergence is the same as in the SSA Soaring Handbook. In the SSA Soaring Handbook, it is defined as an area where two shear lines or sea breeze fronts or a shear line and a sea breeze front are coming towards each other and produce a large area of general lift. Often several miles in all directions. Many soaring pilots incorrectly say a shear line is a convergence. It is true that a shear line is a convergence of two different air masses, but it is not a classic soaring convergence.

I use the meteorological definition of "convergence", not the one used in the SSA handbook.
(5) Mountain wave forecasts for the mountains south of the Sierras. The San Gabriel Mountains often produce fine wave soaring. It would be nice to have wave forecasts for the San Gabriels as well as the mountains south of there.

113 =========== Dale Kramer *AT* Harris Hill
I would like the night before RUC forecasts and hourly RUC forecasts for the whole day reimplemented.

124 =========== ---------- *AT* Adrian, MI (KADG)
as to regions...I KNOW that this is a BIG change...but instead of fixed regions, plot data based on radius around home airport. I know that this is not feasable with teh current process, but there is always someday. This is not a huge issue here where I fly in MI but some areas are on the border making analysis difficult.

126 =========== ---------- *AT* Hollister, CA
Please include the RASP maps on a daily basis. They are good predictors of where to find lift. Haven't figured out if the 1KM or 4KM is more accurate on height of the lift but the one showing the wind has been good at predicting the convergence lines around Hollister.

127 =========== Borislav Deianov *AT* Byron, CA / Truckee, CA
The "cumulous potential" map uses some color pairs for adjacent altitudes (two cyan and two green) that are almost impossible to tell from each other on most monitors. Reordering the palette so that those colors are not adjacent will make that map much easier to use.

See recent Forum discussion
The forecast web pages (the pages containing the news and links to blipmap images) can really use a redesign. As it stands, frequent users need to scroll down through several pages of old news, then scroll down a few more pages of familiar forecast descriptions to be able to reach all the forecasts of interest. The same infomation would be much more usable in the following order: all links to forecast images collected on the top of the page to fit in the first screenful. Next to each to each forecast link is a link pointing to the description of that forecast. The news items follow, the first one also being visible in the first screenful of the page. This way a frequent user can see and access all the necessary forecasts and news items without ever needing to scroll down the page.

I have greatly truncated the news section.

133 =========== ---------- *AT* Warner Springs, CA
Be nice to have gliderports/airports plotted.

134 =========== Alan Hoar *AT* Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada
It would be nice to see a cursor window that shows lat and long as one moves mouse around over the map. This would be in a viewer. Now after a few clicks and pop ups not close enough I finally get a pop up that shows lat and long close to home airport. I agree that the pop up data is OK as opposed to a Blipspot which I understand is a lot of work for you to set up.

135 =========== Jim Ketcham *AT* L70 (Agua Dulce)
It would be nice if all regions used the same color scales. In particular, when I go from CA/NV to AZ/UT or OR/ID it is disorienting to see totally different colors. The ideal format would be a U.S. map with zoom box. Easy for me to say.

Use viewer "fixed color" selection

137 =========== Ramy *AT* Yanetz
Improve the user interface by making it like a typical web site with link to various sections such as news, maps, faq, user guide etc, rather than having it all in one looong page. This will make it not only easier to use but also less intimidating to new users.

145 =========== Martin Hellman *AT* Hayward, CA
Addition of some waypoints on the maps, like major soaring sites (TPH, ELY, etc.), to give some feel for where things are.

146 =========== John Medley *AT* Crystal Llano, CA
I already have about the largest monitor and I have to go to higher than real size resolution just to get most of the current image size on my screen. So I would not look forward to even larger images because it greatly slows down a "quick check" to fiddle with settings every time.

The vast majority of users would like to see image size increased. You can use one of the BLIPMAP viewers to reduce the size.

147 =========== Rolf Beyer *AT* Harris Hill, Elmira, NY
Lat/Long grid or some other location identifiers would be nice (say as overlay)

157 =========== ---------- *AT* Tehachapi CA
Some basic Geographic locators on all Blipmaps. It can be difficult to locate oneself on the current maps, especially for rookies and in new places. Some topo locations and towns would be very useful. It would not need to be elaborate; for my area: Tehachapi, Cal City, Olancha Peak, Mt. Whitney, Bishop, Whote Mt, Boundary Peak etc.

158 =========== ---------- *AT* 3M5 Al
Could we get the potential for having high clouds of cirrus type. Very often we get "clear" weather reports with 80% cirro-stratus coverage. It makes it unsuable for soaring. Also, is there any way to predicet the existence of cloud streets. Is there anyway to predict waves?