“It is best to read the weather forecast before praying for rain”
The weather is one of the most important factors a paraglider pilot has to consider. No matter what their ability or rating, from PG2 through to PG5 , coastal soaring or inland thermic flying, the aspiring pilot needs to develop a good understanding of interpreting the forecast. Developing these skills reduces the risk of flying in conditions that are not suited for the pilots skill level and experience.
By looking for confluence between several forecast sites and interpreting live observations the pilot can begin to build up a picture for the days weather pattern and avoid the sentiment of the quote below..
” It is better to be on the ground wishing you were up there, than up there wishing you were on the ground”
My workflow for establishing the suitability for flying is to first look at the macro picture starting with the BOM Synoptic charts, and then looking for confluence and agreement with other forecasts on a more micro level whilst taking into consideration wind strength and direction at higher altitudes.