Regional   Atmospheric   Soaring   Prediction
BLIPMAP FORECASTS
Using a locally-run WRF model
BLIPMAP = Boundary Layer Information Prediction MAP
Created by Dr. John W. (Jack) Glendening, Meteorologist 

Whereas the "DrJack" RUC and NAM BLIPMAP soaring forecasts available in the U.S. are obtained by post-processing files output by the "equations of motion" meteorological models run by the U.S. Weather Bureau, RASP BLIPMAPs are obtained by independently running an "equations of motion" model by a soaring-weather enthusiast who has installed the freely-available RASP program on their local PC.  This independent run has many advantages over reliance on government-run models:


RASP BLIPMAPs world-wide
(produced by, and my thanks to, Michel Hagoort)

(click here for a larger map with individual domains identified)

Operational high-resolution RASP BLIPMAP forecasts are being produced daily by these websites:
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA  (4km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Dave Leonard)
SW South Africa  (4 & 1.3 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Ian Forbes)
Cape Town, South Africa - ParaGlider focus using cellphone display  (2km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, Paul Hope)
United Kingdom  (4 & 12 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Paul Scorer)
Santa Barbara, California, USA  (1.3 & 4 km resolution)   (produced by a hang glider pilot, Don Taber)
Victoria, Australia  (12km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, John Wharington)
Byron, California, USA (N. Calif. Soaring Assn.) (4 & 12 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Dmitry Chichkov)
Sierra Nevada Mts, California/Nevada, USA  (4 & 12 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Dmitry Chichkov)
Central Europe esp. Germany  (4 & 12 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Hendrik Hoeth)
Italian Alps  (2.2 & 9 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Daniele Pedrini)
New South Wales, Australia  (12km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Bernie Baer)
South Australia  (12km resolution)   (produced by a hang glider pilot, David George)
Queensland Australia  (12km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, John Wharington)
Hilltown, Pennsylvania USA  (4km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, John Cotter)
Scandinavia esp. S.Sweden  (4 & 12 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Hendrik Hoeth)
Pemberton, B.C. Canada  (0.8 km resolution)   (produced by a HG/PG? pilot, Fred Wilson)
Pacific NW USA/Canada  (1.3 & 4 km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, TJ Olney)
Hawaii & Oahu Islands, USA  (1.4km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Derrick Salmon)
Los Angeles & San Diego California, USA  (1.3 & 4 km resolution)   (produced by a hangglider/paraglider pilot, Allen Crouse)
Baltic, S.Finland, W.Russia  (7.2km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Elmer Joandi)
Avenal, California, USA  (1.3 & 4 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Alex Caldwell)
Avenal, California, USA  (4km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Bart Klusek)
North & South Island, New Zealand  (3.3km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Mats Henrikson)
Williams, California, USA  (4 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Andy Hogben)
Benelux & West Germany  (4km resolution)   (produced by sailplane pilots Ge van Geldorp and Michel Hagoort)
North/Central France (Summer only) (4km resolution)   (produced by sailplane pilots Ge van Geldorp and Michel Hagoort)
Finland  (7km resolution)   (produced by sailplane pilots Jari Pakkanen and Tero Koivunen)
Central Italy  (4km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, Andrea Barcellona)
Western Switzerland  (4km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, Jean Oberson)
Southern Italy  (6km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, Antonio Correale)
Jura Mountain Switzerland  (2km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, Alex Hugonnaud)
Russia  (6km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Linar Yusupov)
Harris Hill, NY USA  (1.3 & 4 km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Tom Berry)
France (2,5km resolution)   (produced by a paraglider pilot, Nicolas Baldeck)
Japan - Kanto (2,6km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Haruhiko Okamura)
Japan - Tohoku (2.6km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Haruhiko Okamura)
Japan - Chubu (2.6km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Haruhiko Okamura)
Japan - Hokkaido (2.6km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Haruhiko Okamura)
Pyrenees Mountains (Spain)  (4km resolution)   (produced by a sailplane pilot, Josep Maria Pujades)

Operational high-resolution RASP BLIPMAP forecasts are produced by DrJack at least once-per-day for:
No operational RASP forecasts are currently being produced on the DrJack website

Non-operational example forecasts, not being run daily, are available for:
San Francisco Bay CA/NV (1.3 & 4 km resolution)
Sierra Mts. CA/NV (4km resolution)
Minden NV - Tahoe CA (1.3 & 4 km resolution)<
Sierra Mts. CA/NV (4km resolution) - for a mt. wave day in the southern Sierras, (3 April 2005)
Minden NV - Tahoe CA (4km resolution) - for a mt. wave day, 27 March 2005
Sierra Mts. CA/NV (4km resolution) - for a stronger mt. wave day with notable secondary/tertiary waves (18 May 2005)
(In the above, note the agreement of the 500mb vertical velocity forecast waves and the corresponding satellite clouds, particularly the agreement in location of the secondary/tertiary waves)

News items:
RASP BLIPMAPs inspire a "North Sea" Turnpoint - "Sailplane and Gliding" article by John Williams

For futher Information:
RASP Forum - comments and discussion by RASP user/operators
RASP Creation - information for those interested in running RASP for their own region