LAKE COMO WEATHER FORECASTS
A lot of kiting and wind sport enthusiasts use Windguru and Windfinder to check conditions before their trips. These websites are great at predicting the wind in the vast majority of places, but they simply don’t work for Como! The reason for this is that they model their forecasts on larger-scale pressure systems and don’t pick up the smaller-scale thermal regimes or (importantly) the influence of the local topography in accelerating the wind at the north end of the lake (known as the ‘venturi’ effect).
We use a combination of a few local weather forecasts to predict the wind on the lake. Il Meteo & Meteocentrale both predict the direction of wind quite well (although they also don’t pick up the venturi acceleration so understate the wind strength), and for a more general picture of the weather, we use the NZZ forecast for the south of Switzerland. If you want to find out the latest conditions, just give us a call!