Utah Paragliding Weather

Salt Lake City Paragliding Weather Resources

Salt Lake City is host to a world class university, an international airport, 2 million residents, and one of the best National Weather Service forecasting offices in the country. Weather forecasts when flying the Wasatch and surrounding areas are quite accurate and rich with detail. The Salt Lake Valley is also home to many weather recording stations, which can be accessed in real time.

Links to weather information

 

Point forecast for Point of the mountain

https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.5247&lon=-111.8663#.XXVq6JNKjBI

This forecast seems to work really well. Usually flying at the South Side is great when the forecast is for 6-8mph from the South. When the forecast is for 8-12 from the NNW, that usually means that the North Side should work in the afternoon.

Current Weather conditions at the South Side

 https://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/meso_base.cgi?stn=FPS

When this weather station is reading about 12mph, conditions are quite soarable at the South Side. In the afternoon when the wind blows from the north, dividing the windspeed reading by 2 seems to give an accurate windspeed for the North Side

Upper elevation forecast

http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/Winds/Aloft.cgi?location=SLC&Submit=Get+Forecast&hour=06&course=azimuth

When the forecast is for less than 10mph at 12,000 feet MSL, it is probably time to go fly in the mountains.

Soaring forecast

https://www.weather.gov/slc/Soar

Pioneered by Lisa Verzella, a paraglider and hang glider pilot, this forecast provides a ton of detail about thermal strength and timing as well as upper level wind forecasts.

Current weather map

https://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?lat=40.45689&lon=-111.90483&radius=25&rawsflag=290&site=FPS&unit=0&time=LOCAL&product=&year1=&month1=&day1=00&hour1=00&currTimeChecked=

Current map of all the weather stations in the region and their last reading. Click on a station for more detail when on a desktop. For mobile users, download WindAlert for a great current weather map.