Weather Links

Weather Links

Iceboating is highly dependent on weather conditions. The ice needs to be relatively snow-free and the wind not too strong.

One of the most comprehensive weather sites on the web, this is the Madison page.

Air Sports Net Surface Condition

Weather Forecasting for Air Sports Aviators.

Google Live Wind Map


Great Lakes Ice Cover

NOAA-GLERL has been exploring the relationships between ice cover, lake thermal structure, and regional climate for over 30 years through development, maintenance, and analysis of historical model simulations and observations of ice cover, surface water temperature, and other variables

Has a great national network of real time wind data and for relatively small monthly fee you can get forecasts and historical data etc. The best thing about it is you can get forecasts and real time wind on your cell phone.

KGAN Cedar Rapids, Iowa

A look out to the west of the Four Lakes area for a look at the weather heading our way.



Interactive current weather and forecasts world wide.

Midwest Weather


National Weather Service

This site is loaded with all kinds of useful Wisconsin information.
Here’s the US map.

NWS Interactive Snow Information

The ultimate map for snow information.

National Wind Speed Live Map 1

Shows current US wind conditions
National Wind Speed Live Map 2

NOAA Graphical Forecast Map

Mouse over wind speed, temperature, etc. in the left column and the map shows the forecast condition.

Intellicast Wind Cast

A must for all sailors, specific to the Midwest.


Offering four different wind model forecasts for the Madison area.


“Designed as a spot weather forecasting tool. There’s no shortage of sites out there, both government and private, which display weather maps from various models. However getting the actual numbers required for a spot forecast remains a difficult task without specialized desktop software. SpotWx was created to fill that void.”

Tropical Tibits Forecast Models

Supplies graphical forecasts from numerical weather models.

Unisys Weather

For graphical weather information. Satisfying the needs of the weather professional, but can be a tool for the casual user as well.The graphics and data are displayed as a meteorologist would expect to see. For the novice user, there are detailed explanation pages to guide them through the various plots, charts and images.

UW Madison Space Science and Engineering Center

Meteorological instruments installed on the SSEC’s building report the weather in real time every thirty seconds.


“Weather radar, wind and waves forecast for kiters, surfers, paragliders, pilots, sailors and anyone else.”


A non-commercial project by an avid kite-skier and pilot in the Czech Republic. You can also click on specific locations on the map to get very interesting-looking local forecasts Click here for Four Lakes page. Hit the play button to see the wind forecast animation out five days.

The World’s Wind

A live map of current wind conditions around the earth, “a visualization of global weather conditions forecast by supercomputers updated every three hours”.

Wisconsin State Climatology Office

This site has snowfall and snow cover information, wind data for selected cities, seasonal summaries of Wisconsin weather, and so much more.

WISC Channel 3 Weather

Local CBS television station.

WKOW Channel 27 Weather

For the best and most accurate local Doppler radar.

WMTV Channel 15 Weather

Local NBC television station.

Weather Underground

Madison page.


An interactive regional map that gives current wind speed, current weather, and forecasts for the major ice boating cities in the area.

Weather Forecast

Tomorrow is forecast to be Much Cooler than today.
Sunday 12/16 10%
High 47° / Low 24°
Mostly clear. Lows overnight in the mid 20s.
Monday 12/17 10%
High 35° / Low 21°
Sunny skies. High around 35F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday 12/18 10%
High 41° / Low 31°
Mostly sunny. High 41F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Chance of Rain
Wednesday 12/19 50%
High 40° / Low 35°
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness. Occasional rain showers in the afternoon. High around 40F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Thursday 12/20 80%
High 36° / Low 28°
Occasional rain with some snow mixing in in the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 80%.
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