Where Does the Wind (forecast) Come From ?
And don't tell me it originates from the shredmachine's or the gnome's hindquarters...
So, before the forum blows up again with the re-appearance of the njshredmachine as the barrel-buoy and before the advent of the multiplying gnome-clones...
Serious query: the wind is oft-times more critical to surfable waves than any other factor. Yet, the wind predictions on the various sites are even more disparate than the swell forecasts.
at the moment, windguru.com has Sunday's AI wind as nominal at WNW under 3 to 4;
yet, SI has Sunday's AI wind pegged at 10 kots from the NE.
The former wouldn't make a difference on 'surfability' while the latter would make it chop city. And it's not unusual to see the wind predicto-meters on these sites stay at variance with each other.
Question: where do the various sites garner their wind info? Because I'm figuring that whereas swell is forecast from people like SI and Surline whose predictors have oceanography degrees, buoy data & all the scientific stuff that I have no clue about, yet wind must be calculated from NOAA or another 'official' site.
(What do I know? Very little, that's correct. That's why I'm asking.)