When strong winds are in the forecast, do you know how to make the best use of your WindRadar?
Even if there is no named storm, strong winds can often spread across Ireland and the UK, with both the WeatherRadar and WindRadar providing a full array of colours and shading to investigate.
Here you can read more about how to make the most of these features — and will hopefully give you a tailwind to explore the maps!
First things first: The quickest way to get to the WindRadar is by tapping the wind symbol in the Weather Right Now section at the top of the app's home page.
You can also access it via the WeatherRadar and tap the wind sock symbol in the navigation bar on the right.
The WindRadar is an interactive map that allows you to explore wind gusts at any location in the world. There are two layers of information in the map that help you to decode conditions.
Did you know?
The circled wind arrow in the app indicates mean wind speed is shown. However the symbol changes to a wind sock to show gusts if it's windy. We show the most important wind information here and now.
Two layers of information
The first layer is small, animated white lines on the map. These represent the wind flow and describe the direction of the wind. The longer and more densely packed the streamlines are, the stronger the wind flow.
The second layer is a colour-coded field that shows the strength of the gusts. Warmer colours like orange, red and purple indicate stronger winds up to hurricane force.
We have recently added colour even for the lowest levels of gusts, so the map is no longer "naked" if there are weak or calm winds.