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    Whats your favorite weather website?

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    I'm also a NOAA viewer. I look at their site every day at least once. But here's my favorite weather resource. A picture is worth a thousand words. A good example is if I want to fly through the Rainy Pass area I can view both sides of the pass before I go. Or from the iPhone enroute. Or I can ask the FSS weather briefer to check the camera views for me if I'm not near a computer. These cameras are updated constantly so if the view is black it's probably dark outside.

    http://akweathercams.faa.gov/sitelist.php

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    I also like NOAA. The weather cams are hard to beat and I check my cam app often on my ipod. I found this one a few days ago, you have to wade through some junk but its kind of neat.

    http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/laun...=PANC&state=AK

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    Good comment about the iPhone/iPod app for AK Weathercams. Here's the app. Worth every penny.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/akavc...359317105?mt=8

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    Awesome thanks. I'll check them all out in time.

    Like the i-phone idea.

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    I use the site PID mentioned. I was planning a trip to Rainy Pass in the late fall but cams indicated a no go. sicked in each side.

    I also like the this site;

    http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/...ai/arpt_photo/

    Shows the aerial photos of the airports and strips in AK. Very helpful.

    Rick

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    The NOAA site is very comprehensive. Wx cams always a good thing. Still trying to get used to the scale of the place, and the fact that the wx circulates the opposite direction to what I'm used to.

    Like the strip pictures too.

    Been looking at some maps to orientate myself - vast, vast!! and impressive country. What sort of operating range would you guys normally fly?

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    I use this site:

    http://climate.gi.alaska.edu/Wx/current.html

    each dot is a reporting station. Also, go to the "satellite" and then to the loops under "water vapor" and click the middle. It will give you an idea of what weather is where and how fast it's moving in.
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    If you need the ceilings across that mountain range, try to get the nearby temperature and dewpoint numbers (e.g., Sparrevohn, on the other side of the Alaska Range). Subtract the dewpoint from the temperature, multiply the product by 1,000, and then multiply that by 0.56 (56%). That will give you the bottom of the lowest cloud cover to an accuracy that should tell you whether or not to start the trip. [Actually, the formula is: 5/9(Temp - Dewpoint x 1,000 = Ceiling).

    Try it out while sitting comfortably on your couch. IF it works for you, keep it in the back of your mind . . . . . Temp mminus Dewpoint times 56%.

    This was given to me by a USAF meteorologist back in 1952. It has worked for me.

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