Long Mynd Weather Station
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Long Mynd Wendy station is on the premises of the Midland Gliding Club, on the Long Mynd hill, just to the West of Church Stretton, which is on the A49 from Shrewsbury to Leominster. For detailed location, see the linked map. OS Grid ref: SO404914
Altitude: 1500ft (457m)
The actual site at Mynd takes wind directions from WSW round through W to WNW , but the Wendy station is used to check the winds for other nearby hills, which take other wind directions. The anemometer is approx 30 feet above ground level, and is in clear air for most directions. Because it is well back from the hill edge, (about 50 yards) it reads the true windspeed in the area, NOT the winds you can expect on the edge itself, which may be considerably higher, due to "compression" or "venturi" effects. In other words, the Wendy station will read the winds you experience once you have taken off and climbed out of the compression band in front of the hill. It also tends to under-read in SW winds, because of a belt of trees which cause turbulence in that direction more...
The Mynd site is also used by Hang Gliders, and Paragliders, who belong to the Long Mynd Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club, who should be contacted before flying a Hang or Paraglider in the area. The site is also used by model flyers, I understand.
Long Mynd Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club
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22nd March 2013. This station appears to have non-functioning wind cups. It might be because they are snowed and frozen up - the weather is atrocious at present. Wait and see if they thaw out when the weather improves. Can't do anything till it improves, anyway.