On the trees, hardly a leaf was moving early this morning here in Austin. The sun was out but it was a bit chilly. Great flying conditions.
Apart from rain (I would never contemplate flying my quadcopter drone in the rain), wind is the factor that I have found to influence video and still photographs the most. Even in moderate winds, the craft compensates to maintain position by leaning into the wind. This messes with the horizon when shooting panoramas. And gusts buffet the craft to produce jerky video that can be difficult to correct for in post processing.
Sometimes it is great to spot when flying conditions are good and then go fly. But a lot of the time, there are competing priorities and a bit of planning helps, especially if you have a special location in mind and it takes time to get there. That’s why I use the Windfinder service to get wind forecasts to inform my planning.
The Windfinder forecast will give you a week’s outlook. The Super Forecast gives an hour-by-hour prediction for the next three days.
I try to focus on the times when the wind is less than 5 m/s (10 mph) but obviously less is better.