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Maxi-kite



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 11:37 am    Post subject: what makes wind? Reply with quote

i guess we all become meteorologists in wierd ways doin' this. i need a site or some advice about conditions that make good winds.

it's about pressuer zones, isn't it?

right now i'm lookin' at a clouds after a rain, it's warming up, so does that mean there might be some wind this afternoon?

max

PS where do i click post on this F?&%ing page!
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dabull1



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: WIND? Reply with quote

What makes wind? Burritos, beer, brocoli, political discussions[see "Political Rant" thread for a serious blow]. I'll now turn this one over to my wind prognosticator Mitch to give you the low down on barometric pressure variables, temperature variance, cut- off lows, and Pacific highs... However, if you wish to experience real wind this winter, come up to Mammoth, it blows on top almost every day! And we're talking cold, nasty, 50+ mph blasters that give you incentive to drop into Climax or Scotty's [read STEEP] to get out of it! Bull
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mkrasnoff



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been "down wind" of daBull and it's all true. Laughing

Whatever scientific crap people will tell you, it's all controlled by the wind gods and we don't know their formula. Best to make an offering. Forget the virgins. They want new, clean windsurfing gear.

There's also a few sadist out there who have remote switches that control site specific conditions. That's why the wind shuts off suddenly Evil or Very Mad

My best explanation is pressure gradients. If you have a decent gradient, it will be windy. I like to see 4mb or more. Google on the net (try ISOBARS) and I'm sure you'll find more info than you're willing to read. Then you may be able to teach us a few things.

Cheers!
Mitch
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gregorvass



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chilli and Beans!
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jpbassking



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, like your gonna get a straight answer from this bunch... Cool
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oops



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of things cause wind. You could probably gets some answers if you googled "wind climatology" or you could get a book about weather from a bookstore or library. I doubt if you will become a better wind forecaster than any of the many forecasts available on the web.

dt
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droberts



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: What makes wind ??? Reply with quote

3 to 4 cloves of Elephant Garlic will produce signifacant wind for 2
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keycocker



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wind is caused by temperature differences.
Wind blows downhill in the atmosphere.That is- from highs toward lows.
Those lines you see on an isobar chart are windy if they are close together. Right Mike?
You tell wind at youir site from long years of looking at the sky, smelling the air. and comparing what you see with windy days in the past. You can get there quicker by asking guys like fisherman and boat sailors or even kiters to add to your pool of experience.
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capetonian



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 9:11 am    Post subject: Winter = time to go skiing Reply with quote

dabull1 wrote:
However, if you wish to experience real wind this winter, come up to Mammoth, it blows on top almost every day! And we're talking cold, nasty, 50+ mph blasters that give you incentive to drop into Climax or Scotty's [read STEEP] to get out of it! Bull


Whoohoo, only 3 weeks to opening day. Pray for a better season than last year.
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beallmd



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

while the usual answer is temperature and pressure differences, we all actually know different. It is actually dependent on a karma system-if you slog around all afternoon you are owed one good day from the windsurf god (usually known as Robbius). If you complain about the slogging you may reverse the day you'd otherwise recieve. Never ever complain about bad windsurfing or you may incur the wrath and have the switch suddenly turned off while out sailing and have to swim in> sometimes robbius pays off instead with a really good powder day.
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