The next suggestion for getting the most from kites is to focus
one's attention on an important subject - the weather. The close connection between kite
flying and the weather is apparent to the most casual observer.
Generally speaking, the higher the clouds, the better the
weather is likely to be; the lower the clouds, the worse it is likely to be. In
particular, three factors to be taken into account are: movement, change and colour.
These notes offer additional information about the British weather, and may be found
helpful in the following of official forecasts, and in estimating flying conditions
beforehand. Depressions are storms bringing wet weather.
A simple method is to wet a finger and hold it up; the
side which feels cold first is the windward side. Another way is to observe the direction
in which low cloud or smoke are moving. If these are not present, as an alternative, a
handkerchief may be held up to flutter in the wind.
It is recommended that one's own forecasts be made on the basis first, of official
forecasts which are given on the radio and television and in the daily press. These
general forecasts may be compared with regional forecasts, where they are given. The
amateur forecaster should also take into account certain factors in his own area.
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