Firle Beacon Weather Station
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Firle Wendy station is on top of one of the twin radio masts at Firle, southeast of Lewes, in Sussex. For detailed location, see the linked map.|OS Grid ref: TQ470060
|Altitude: 492ft (150m)
The actual site at Firle takes winds principally from NNE and NE, but the Wendy station is used to check the winds for other nearby hills, which take other wind directions. The anemometer is approx 150 feet above ground level, and is thus not screened in any direction, and gives true wind speeds for that height. However, fliers should appreciate that winds at the takeoff will be often much lower than the station's readout.The site owners, Sussex Police, have asked us to re-site the sensors on a pole on the brick buildings, approx 25-30ft above ground, rather than 150 feet up on the tower. Therefore, when this happens (late 2009 seems likely) the readings will be considerably lower, and more representative of winds at takeoff.
The site is used by Hang Gliders, and Paragliders who belong to the Southern Hang Gliding Club who should be contacted before flying a Hang or Paraglider in the area.
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This station appears to be working normally.