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Meeting at Barclay Bay

Boise Sailors Association

Founded with an organization meeting at Barclay Bay on April 27, 2006, our informal group works with the Lucky Peak management and the Corps of Engineers to protect local recreational access and what other projects prove worthy. We held a work party on June 10, 2006, and in May, 2007, to help enhance the Barclay Bay beach.

Daily weather and sailing reports

The Upper TV weather page has NOAA observations for Caldwell, Boise and Mountain Home, and the links you need to know where to go sailing locally, designed for fast compilation of the best weather information.

Map of Lucky Peak reservoir

The latest version of the sailors email list is the Boise Sailors Association Google Group. Follow the link and sign up. Drop me an email (change the "at" to @ and take out the underscores) if you don't get fast enough response to a subscription request.

The 2007 sailing season

I don't remember any February reports this year, but hardy folks got out in March—first day of spring, on Indian Cr. I didn't get around to turning on the daily reports until mid-April... and now, back by popular request, the catalog of your sailing reports (and mine, when I get out on the water again).

April
3
R.C.R.
 
14
Weed work
15
W'ly blast
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
ICR blast
24
25
LP/COE mtg
26
27
28
29
30
May 1
2
3
windy
4
ICR
5
Survival
6
CJ big
7
8
Drag-gone
9
10
11
sub-plane
12
one kite
13
ICR
14
15
Big AM
16
LP
17
again
18
19
20
21
Stormy
22
variety
23
Work day
24
25
26
Big rig
27
3 lakes & a river
28
CJ, RCR
29
30
Classic
31
short
June 1
better
2
late start
3
light
4
Good (short)
5
Rain
6
Big W'ly
7
8
Twosome
9
Short
10
11
12
perfect
13
good 'n eerie
14
15
solo surprise
16
late front
17
Last RCR?
18
Twosome
19
MW!
20
Kitey
21
weakly
22
23
RCR
24
25
26
restart
27
heating up
28
29
squelched
30
July 1
Circus
2
l'il bit
3
Big air
4
flat
5
Nicely
6
Perfect
7
Unlucky
8
9
10
Dead
11
Real nice
12
Anybody?
13
Got lucky
14
15
Light
16
wait for it
17
Partly kitey
18
Rocked!!!
19
20
21
22
Lovely time
23
24
25
26
27
28
Good
29
Lighter
30
31
Aug 1
Smoky funk
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
good
12
good
13
Doable
14
so good
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Pumphouse
24
25
Super!
26
27
28
29
pretty good
30
31
Sept 1
3-Hitter
2
medium
3
Threepeat
4
5
6
7
Double whopper
8
9
10
11
12
Great day
13
14
Flat
15
No-planer
16
Sailable
17
18
19
20
21
Brrr
22
Good, short
23
24
25
Solo
26
Repeat?
27
Rollers
28
29
CJ blast
30
Big SE
Oct 1
2
3
4
5
6
Magical
7
8
CJ PM
9
Big SE
10
11
12
13
14
15
b-b-r-r-iver
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
MW?
24
Big & cold

Morning Wind tips

Classic morning wind at Lucky Peak
Classic morning wind at Lucky Peak, June 18, 2003. Brian Kerr riding, photo courtesy of Chris Lee.

The best on-line prediction seems to be the Unisys meteogram, giving a 60 hour forecast. It takes a bit of study to understand it; the main trick is that the times are UTC, 6 hours ahead of MDT. So 1200 UTC is 0600 MDT, just before sunrise.

For current observations, high pressure is good. SE wind at the airport, and E in Mountain Home and Caldwell is the prime indicator, the stronger the better. Caldwell seems the least reliable indicator, Mountain Home may be the best. Forecast "hot" weather (with the threshold getting lower later in the season) is good, any hint of W or NW flow is bad. The Lucky Peak nursery RAWS is up-canyon and will still show NW/NNW flow but double digit wind speed on a good day.

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Local links

What this (sub)site is about, what's new about it, more reference links.

If you'd like to send me a sailing report, and you like mailto links, here's a mailto link for me (remove the _ chars and replace 'at' with @).

There's a new surface map with current wind analysis that shows all of SW Idaho and E Oregon succinctly.

Air Sports Net has a nice graphical treatment of NOAA's forecast models.

The NOAA pages with local observations I use:
      Boise observations
      Mtn Home observations
      Caldwell observations

The Boise, ID National Weather Service page has links to these and much, much more, along with the current forecast.

The two meteograms:
Unisys' 60 hour forecast for Boise (the "NGM" model), and
NOAA's ETA Model.

NOAA has a great site with access to Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS) data

Here's a map to the launches on C.J. Strike Reservoir.

The Bureau of Reclamation has a teacup diagram online, showing the status of the Boise and Payette river watersheds succinctly.

The Navy's sunrise tables calculate times of sunrise/sunset, moonrise/moonset, and the beginning and end of twilight, for one year, for any location in the world. Neat trick.

Gorge

Windance has an index of Gorge weather resources including George McLean's forecast and various web cams.

Hatch Cam has views of the Hatchery, Swell City and Rowena.

Wind-surf.net has an easy-to-read graphical forecast for the Gorge, 3 snapshots a day.

iWindsurf reports for sailing spots around the world. Excellent coverage with public and private sensors, pretty good forecasts. All but the public sensors and wind archives now require a paid subscription, though.

I made photo travelogues of three trips to the Gorge back in 2001: Number one, two, and three.

Other sailing links

The Magic Windsurfers have a website now with sailing reports, photos and the like.

What Willy Brown wants to do with the great sailing spots in the SF Bay.

My 1998-2005 indexes and daily reports are in cold storage, but available as PKZIP files. Send me an email if you want some of that old stuff.

Tom von Alten      tva_∂t_fortboise_⋅_org

Wednesday, 24-Oct-2007 09:50:27 MDT
http://www.fortboise.org/windsurfing/morning.wind.html