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How To Predict The Wind

For those with flexible schedules this has been a great season so far for Kiteboarding. So what is the outlook for the second half? Well, Kiteboarder’s and fellow sailors; it looks good. Great news for us but not so much for those looking for calm days on the boat (which can be equally as fun)
There is no possible way to truly predict what will happen wind wise over the next few months. However, based on the patterns thus far. We may have even more wind coming this winter.
As we have discussed in past articles, our wind is mainly driven by  cold fronts and low pressure systems. Currently, there are many active low pressure systems and fronts that have been approaching from both the west coast and the North East. As we get deeper into winter. The temperature gradients will only grow stronger, creating more powerful cold fronts. 
So how can you plan your days to maximize enjoyment? Often, you can look at the weather map and start to see the systems long before the wind forecast sites start to predict with any accuracy. I can often see wind potential 10 days out. That said; nor you or the experts wil be able to predict wind speeds that far out. However, you can give yourself an idea of what’s coming and judge the potential of good wind. 
It will take lots of practice and along with a mental or physical storm journal to really learn the patterns. That said, to get started, look at the “frontal boundary map” on your favorite forecasting site. Look for cold fronts mainly in the Great Lakes to New England region. Next look at the gradient between the temperature in front of the cold front, behind he cold front and the current temp here at home. The stronger the gradient (larger the difference in temperature) the stronger the wind is likely to be. 
There are so many more factors than this but you can really get an idea of what’s coming this way. With a combination of local forecast and your growing knowledge, you can often second guess the computer generated wind models and get an idea of what to expect long ahead of time.

Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing locations Palm Beach FL

When learning to kiteboard we believe it is important to have a safe, large and distraction free environment. That is why we have chose a couple of different locations depending on the weather conditions and the students skill level . We do not teach on crowded beaches. We have found the following places to be a few of the areas best.
Hobe Sound wildlife refuge:
– good for NNW – SE winds
– good during large swell
– best spot for straight on shore winds
– small shore break
– uncrowded
Cautions:
– exposed and non exposed hazards such as old hurricane debre
– $5 dollar a day parking or $15 dollars a year
– no facilities or life guards for 3 miles
Juno Beach “Kite Beach”:
– good for N-NE and E-SSE winds
– 3 miles of kite friendly beach
– helpful people
– powerful small waves
– close to town
– has facilities
Cautions:
– can be crowded “avoid weekends”
– pier to the south
– narrow beach in places
– bad for east wind
South Juno Beach “pierless”:
– good for N-S winds
– smaller dune than kite beach
– less crowded
– lots of parking

– fresh water shower
Cautions:
– limited parking
– beach is always changing in size
– no one to launch or land your kite
– Pier to the north
– reef to the south
West Palm Beach
– good for south wind
– clean water
– reef break
Cautions:
-$2 hour parking
– crowded
– can have exposed rocks

– no fresh water

– stay south of guarded area

Lake Worth Pier

-excellent for S-SSW winds
-fresh water and facilities
-wide beach
-jet-ski rentals
-lots of parking

Cautions:
-hotels and large buildings on beach
-pier to the south
-$1 hour parking

For maps to the above locations and more please visit the local beaches page.