Author Topic: Where to get wind speed for the Lake District fells (observed)?  (Read 1043 times)

Rob Goes Walking

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Where is the best place to get wind speed for the fells? I'm trying to work out the wind speed on Lord's Seat and Barf today because I wouldn't like it much windier.

ninthace

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http://wow.metoffice.gov.uk/home
There is a weather station on the top of Great Dun Fell - it's not the lakes but what the hell - it's close and high
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Rob Goes Walking

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http://wow.metoffice.gov.uk/home
There is a weather station on the top of Great Dun Fell - it's not the lakes but what the hell - it's close and high

Less than 47 mph... I'm surprised it's not higher a couple of times gusts nearly moved me and taking pictures was tricky. Maybe WOW is constant wind speed not gust? I can believe that. Just googled the less visual more numbers Great Dun Fell Met Office observations (here) at noon about when I was on top of Lord's Seat it was 45mph speed and 56 gust. Probably quite similar.

I'm going to check the wind forecast before I go out next time...

ninthace

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Less than 47 mph... I'm surprised it's not higher a couple of times gusts nearly moved me and taking pictures was tricky. Maybe WOW is constant wind speed not gust? I can believe that. Just googled the less visual more numbers Great Dun Fell Met Office observations (here) at noon about when I was on top of Lord's Seat it was 45mph speed and 56 gust. Probably quite similar.

I'm going to check the wind forecast before I go out next time...


Nobbut a light breeze for Great Dun - gusts of over 100mph are not that unusual in really bad weather or when the helm wind is blowing
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Rob Goes Walking

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Nobbut a light breeze for Great Dun - gusts of over 100mph are not that unusual https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/storm-eleanors-100-mph-winds-fake-news-from-the-telegraph/


Now I'm thinking it wasn't as fast  ;D I wish I knew how to get the speed then I'd know my limit. Maybe there's a small device you can carry to measure it? I'm going to carry a thermometer out of curiosity, everyone was in insulated jackets and I was wandering around in a t-shirt. The wind felt almost warming. Left my fleece in.the bag. So long as it's not wet I'm pretty tolerant of cold. Being fat probably helps but not so much with the wind!

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Now I'm thinking it wasn't as fast  ;D I wish I knew how to get the speed then I'd know my limit. Maybe there's a small device you can carry to measure it? I'm going to carry a thermometer out of curiosity, everyone was in insulated jackets and I was wandering around in a t-shirt. The wind felt almost warming. Left my fleece in.the bag. So long as it's not wet I'm pretty tolerant of cold. Being fat probably helps but not so much with the wind!
  You need a hand held anemometer, see amazon or https://www.weathershop.co.uk/shop/hand-held
Can be got for under 30 or less https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anemometer-Measurement-Thermometer-Helicopter-Windsurfing/dp/B01LZXM0LP/ref=pd_day0_hl_0_1/261-6371843-6373318?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01LZXM0LP&pd_rd_r=d3252e8b-57e4-11e9-9399-9fa14e2ff469&pd_rd_w=skF9F&pd_rd_wg=GHaTb&pf_rd_p=92d624bb-a334-423e-8722-8024dd09667f&pf_rd_r=XCHB27JPF419Q9E906QH&psc=1&refRID=XCHB27JPF419Q9E906QH
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I once walked on Whernside in what at the time I was sure must be around 100mph winds. Moving was extremely difficult, children couldn't manage it at all. On the summit adults were pretty much pinned close to the ground behind the wall inching along. A challenging day to say the least, I'm a big chap myself and was frequently blown off the path and at times almost blown over. I later discovered the wind was probably actually closer to 50 mph.


More on wind speed here:


https://www.mountaineering.scot/safety-and-skills/essential-skills/weather-conditions/wind-speeds

Rob Goes Walking

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Can be got for under 30 or less

It's only 10.49 and doubles up as a thermometer.  :-\  *Rob gets out credit card*  :D


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I dislike walking in strong wind because of the way it seems to suck the breath out of you. Do others experience that (and perhaps they can describe it better)?

I once experienced a gale in the night in Snowdonia that kept bringing my tent down. The strongest gusts ripped the pegs out, until I went out and carried rocks back one at a time and looped each guy around them. I could hear each gust coming before it hit me. I was later told they were up to 70 m.p.h.


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It's only 10.49 and doubles up as a thermometer.  :-\  *Rob gets out credit card*  :D


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Arrived today. Thanks ninthace! This toy is coming with me on every outing now. In fact I'll go practice with it in the garden tomorrow morning when I put my laundry out (if I don't go for a walk, both are on my to do list).

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I think the temperature sensor is broken it thinks it's 18.7 degrees Celsius in Appleby-in-Westmorland today. :( The forecast says 8 degrees. I'd have said somewhere about 12 if asked to guess. Wonder if it's picking up my body temperature? But I have to hold it, puzzled.