Article on using Blipmaps
Systems Laboratory (FSL)
This web site is provided as an
attempt to summarize available data on thermal soaring conditions in
Hobbs from several meteorological sources. Of most interest to
recreational sailplane pilots, this site contains links to daily data
but will also be updated by the author with more details during Regional
and National contests. Links to the main pages of data sources are given for those who want
to get further details. For a brief introduction to thermal
forecasting, click here.
For a more expanded tutorial by Larry Huffman, go here,
For more links, go to Dr.
Jack's Soaring Explanations Links.
Mike the Strike's latest analysis
and summary of conditions - updated during contests. This includes local observations, such as local cloud or
rainfall, that may modify computer predictions.
Latest forecast soundings linked from the Forecast Systems Laboratory and
available most hours every day (high-speed Internet connection recommended).
Links to Dr. Jack's Blipmaps
Users now need to register with
Dr. Jack for access
Strength, Critical Thermal Height
Useful for visualizing depth
of lift over terrain
Measure of possible height
variability and also a good measure of sensitivity of thermal strength
to maximum temperature
Speed & Direction
in the Boundary Layer
Potential & Cloudbase
If this ratio is less than 5,
thermals may be broken by wind shear.
National Weather Service: Midland/Odessa,
Links to the ad-free updated National Weather
Service sites, this also links to satellite and radar maps.
Weather Station Data
Radar: NWS Midland/Odessa,
Low resolution but useful and
free map from the National Lightning Detection Network (based in Tucson)