Doing it with his own model
Matthew Scutter writes:
XCSkies is just showing you the output of a number of very course
US models, NAM/RAP/GFS, which SkySight is running it's own high resolution model
(which requires considerable resources to run).
I let GFS do the work of assimilating all the data, then take the earliest
possible output of that model and use it as the initial case for my model,
feeding in my own terrain, land use, greenery and water data. Then I run that
model for the forecast. It's a research model, the same as used by the state of
the art HRRR model.
Think about this for a second. Mathew is running his own model.
It's like he is his own weather service. He starts with actual weather data from
the National Weather Service.
So we are not just talking about another service that provides a soaring pilot's
view of the another model's output. We are actually getting a soaring pilot's model runs
based on the data running at a higher resolution.
I guess soon we will all have super computers in our phones that can run the
data for our particular area. For now it is in the cloud.