Forecast weather, *along* your route


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Forecast weather, *along* your route

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Having fallen victim to crazy weather on cross-country tours, I've often wanted to develop an app that I could program my route into (as one normally would), then see what the weather would be like at each point on my route, at the estimated time I'd be at that point.

Motorcycle Weather is a good Android app for showing whether you want to ride on a given day, but only across that entire day, or "right here, right now".

Windy.com is a great app I started using in Nebraska because Nebraska is so, um, windy. And now, they've developed a feature that lets you plot a route by car, boat or plane and see what the elevation, wind, weather, and other meteorological conditions will be along it. Check it out at:

https://community.windy.com/topic/9596/ ... te-planner
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IMO,

that is more trouble than it is worth.

2 hours of riding is about as far as I trust the weather reports...

I much prefer MyRadar on my cellphone to show me where the weather is.
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LOL, I figured I'd get some Boomer sniping. ;) "Back in my day, we didn't even have maps, we had to commit our route to memory. And if the sky was red in the morning, we'd scratch the route into the paint on our gas tanks... if we were lucky enough to have gas tanks, and not steam motorcycles..."

It's not for everyone, but if you are covering a lot of miles and you aren't intimidated by technology, it might save you some serious grief. I would think with all the time you spend putting Linux on old laptops you'd see some value in it. Oh, wait,... never mind. ;)
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I've found most weather forecasts are only good for a couple of days for specific things. Generally, one can be okay 7-10 days out, but that's not for certain.

My wife and I haven't taken any trips for than 4 days yet, so we've been in decent shape for the most part. Our only misadventure was one time it turned out warmer than expected and we still had our rain liners in and sweated like crazy. In retrospect, we should've stopped and taken them out at some point, but we were stuck in highway traffic going through Austin and ended up getting to our destination a few hours later than expected and after dark in an unfamiliar area.
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On a long trip, I plan the next day's ride each evening, and confirm it in the morning. I would reference this on the same schedule.


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