18 December 2007

Distributed Hourly Wind Data

I am going to poll my readers for help on a problem. I am trying to find meteorological data for wind speed from a number of geographically separated weather stations. By geographically separated I mean, on the scale of Texas or Ontario. I need the data to be measured hourly or faster. The data needs to be in some reasonable downloadable format so that I can parse it without too many difficulties.

Thus far, most of the data I've found is proprietary and people want me to pay for it. Since I don't make any money writing this blog, I'm not willing to do that. The only source of decent free data I've found is from the University of Waterloo.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Try the Weather Underground site. wunderground.com. They have a subpage of a network of Personal Weather Stations.

There is a nice mashup with Google maps.

Rik said...

Go to http://www.wasp.dk

And for more info on the subject search on "wind atlas".

Bond said...

Research Institute for Sustainable Energy, Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia have real-time data for wind:
http://www.rise.org.au/info/Demo/index.html

Anonymous said...

Check out Ferret,

http://ferret.pmel.noaa.gov/Ferret/home

It takes some learning, but they have tutorials (and it's widely enough used that you might be able to find a colleague to help).

Frank said...

You are looking for wind data?


http://www.stanford.edu/group/efmh/winds/2004jd005462.pdf

Anonymous said...

Two places to start:
1.)http://www.met.utah.edu/mesowest/

and

2.)http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/

The same info but in somewhat different formats & presentations.
With some html parsing you can get the detailed wx info for further processing.
I am a glider pilot and am interested in whatever you come up with.
Regards
Paul

Anonymous said...

use the DOE files.

www.doe2.com

Anonymous said...

look at http://www.knmi.nl/samenw/hydra/cgi-bin/meta_data.cgi for many stations in The Netherlands.

Henk