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a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
« on: October 28, 2008, 07:44:01 am »

   Okay,  this may sound dumb, but so be it.

  When the weather rpt says:     "Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph"

   It means the winds are coming "from" SSW,  right?

    Sheesh....how did I ever live this long?  LOL!

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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008, 08:33:02 am »
    that's correct.  SSW is how a weathervane or windsock would point.

    this is done because where the wind is from is the useful information about it, besides speed.  planes takeoff and land into it and sailing ships run before it.
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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #2 on: October 28, 2008, 03:01:13 pm »
    Weather Vane ....YES
    WindSock....NO

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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #3 on: October 28, 2008, 03:10:19 pm »

    Sorry - I meant wind-arrow, or whatever they call those things that look like a wedge on a spindle at airports.

    You are correct that the narrow end of a windSOCK points downwind.
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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #4 on: October 28, 2008, 03:55:18 pm »
    Interestingly though, in marine weather forecasts while the wind direction is where the wind is coming from, the wave direction is where the waves are going to.  Confusing, huh?!

    A marine forecast may include something like "a 20 knot west southwesterly backing 45 degrees in the afternoon" which means that in the afternoon the wind is expected to change direction in an anti-clockwise direction to become a south southwesterly.  "backing" is a wind change to in an anti-clockwise direction and "swinging" is a clockwise wind shift.

    The useless things you learn when you waste your time mucking about in boats ....   :D

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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #5 on: October 28, 2008, 04:08:30 pm »

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    or on the internet  ;D
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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #6 on: October 28, 2008, 04:57:14 pm »
    Unless of course it's Hot Air, in which case it's coming from the DNC.

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    Re: a WEATHER question: Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. ?
    « Reply #7 on: October 28, 2008, 06:03:56 pm »
    Muggins, thats a lot of words for me. I prefer aviation weather reports. Sure they're in code, but I understand them more readily than that report you just posted. This one is an hourly report on the first line and a 24hour forecast below that. Winds (in bold) here are 27022G29KT, meaning out of 270 degrees (due west) at 22 knots gusting to 29 knots.

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    KMTN 282045Z 27022G29KT 10SM OVC120 10/M01 A2972

    KMTN 281720Z 281818 27024G38KT P6SM OVC035
         TEMPO 1819 BKN029
         FM0200 28018G28KT P6SM BKN060
         FM0900 26012KT P6SM OVC040
         FM1300 26015G25KT P6SM BKN040
           
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