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Solunar is a theory which states the relationship between the Sun and Moon and their influence on Fish and Wildlife's movements and feeding times. This site's Forecasts are a combination of the Solunar Theory and a decade of Field Study in the Arizona and Montana backcountry on Predator/Prey interactions.
Yes, very well. It has been proven many times over by science and outfitters. I have found it particularlly useful with Predators. Instead of falling asleep at the stand I know there is going to be action. There are a few things to remember:
(Quick Note on the Topic: It is important to note that data in Tables found on various websites should be reverified periodically with US Naval Observatory available data as well as compared against reputable solunar data providers. Inconsistences abound.
If you want consistent and useful results check, and check usprimetimes too)
The Stars represent the overall influencing factors that affect the current day. These include but are not limited to Planet distances, Phases, and the timing of events during the day. Very similar to the 30 Day Overall Success Forecast on the desktop site.
Here is an old but excellent Article Weather and The Best Time to Hunt & Fish from Extreme Bass Lures.
No, as long as you entered in the correct Zip Code or City and State you plan to be. The system does that for you, including adjusting to Standard or Daylight Savings time.
Because our research has indicated that Ungulates, Fish, and other species move or feed during these periods. You can also ask a seasoned professional fisherman who doesn't eat if he doesn't catch anything.
They are the Highest Rated Locations for the day. The Red points mean they are all pretty close in strengths and are within a couple percentage points of each other overall. Sometimes there are only a hand full, others most of the country. They can either be Poor, Excellent or in between rated forecasts and at completely different times or Rating Periods (ie. Morning, Afternoon, or Dusk).
It is generally computed by the system based on the best location used from the prior day. Though sometimes we will manually override it for various reasons including being the best location again.
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Changing the Start Date or using Back Country Mode will disable Weather Forecasts. Back Country users should always study a Fronts map from the Weather Underground or the National Weather Service before going out.
Short answer, Morning, Afternoon, and Dusk Success Forecast are more important. For even more detail click on the Barrel which represents the day to see the
details in half hour increments for a better idea of why and when. The Overall Success Forecast reflects the overall influence the Sun and Moon has on that day.
The Morning, Afternoon, and Dusk forecast periods are directly related to higher success and should be used as the definitive guide.
There are many times the Daily rating is Average but one of the periods is Good.
It was designed to be an informational tool with snappy response times and requiring little work from the user to get that information. From the Servers Operating System to what you see, a lot of effort is spent on keeping it accurate, responsive, and simple to use.
When you see the Moon getting bigger in the night sky you are seeing more and more of its illuminated surface. This growing Moon is called a Waxing Moon. When the Moon is getting darker it is called a Waning Moon.
When someone enters a Zip Code or City, State the system does all the calculations and stores them in a database so it only has to be done once per day, then anyone else who selects the same Zip or City, State just reads from the database. This is done for server load and performance reasons as the formulas to obtain this data are quite involved. Depending on the exact time the calculations were performed, Moon Illuminated will reflect it's state at that time of day.
Moon Overhead is when the Moon is over your position in the sky when its up (ie. the angle to yours is 180 degrees). Moon Underfoot, under your position when its down. Both these are also called Major Moon Transits or just a Moon Transit. The Major refers to major feeding periods for Fish and Game. Minor Overhead and Minor Underfoot are minor feeding periods that generally occur approximately 6 1/2 and 11 1/2 to 12 hours after a Moon Overhead. Minor periods are not as strong as nor last as long as Moon Overhead/Underfoot transits. Minor Overhead and Minor Underfoot are also referred to as Moon Minor Transits or MoonMinor in the Detail Chart.
Yes there are, some that are quite funny too. Though they are not posted since they may reveal research technologies, locations, or other information that are our Trade Secrets. These may include remote research areas and technologies built and/or refined by us for research. Computers that store these pictures and information are not even connected to the internet.
Tide information is Predicted and Downloaded from Active Tide Monitoring Stations located
in waters that are affected by Tidal changes, such as Bays, Estuaries, Rivers, and Coastal waters.
This data can retrieved in complete 48 hour blocks and arrives in six minute intervals - a Data Point.
If a Data Point is corrupt it is dropped for accuracy and consistency concerns.
Dropped Data Points are recreated using the average between the prior and next data points allowing for
consistency and global usage on USPrimetimes. While Tide Prediction on USPrimetimes is still classified as Experimental; it
allows the Tide data to be used with other USPrimetimes Charts and Graphs in the future.
The Weather Forecasts are gathered from, what I think, two of the most respected forecasters, NOAA and the
National Weather Service(NWS). A link for the
Weather Underground is used for current conditions.
The reason is to give you the best available information
and allow you to easily compare between them. Then make your own decision. As noted elsewhere, Weather is the
single most important factor in determining how you will do afield.
Because of other projects and user base limitations no new Timezones will be added at this time. Timezones for Alaska, New Zealand, Africa, and a few others may be added in the future.
The number reflects the total Solunar reports generated and stored for users. A Computation for an active zip code is done once each day and then stored for other requests for the same zip code. So if five users enter five different zip codes that have not been stored already the count would increase by five. If four of the five enter a zip code previously entered that day, it would increase by one. It does not reflect:
A) For each day in a thirty day forecast hundreds of computations are done.
These are Versions of the Backend Software that were Developed for the site. The first one is
the Computation and Decision Engine, it generates all the prediction data for the site, Graphs inclusive.
The second one is a Controller which does internal direction and input verification. The third
does some lower level Network functions and other stuff for background processes.
While the fourth is the HTTP Server Software that is currently sending you all the stuff.
There is Licensing available for Software or Hand Held devices on a per unit basis. For devices with
strong memory constraints, you could expect 32K to 200K additional memory requirements for code and data. The footprint is
dependant on many factors.
Is there an API?, Can I use your Data?
Use of our data requires written permission. There is a data service for a yearly fee which includes
support. Forty hours of development enhancements is included for data users requiring full U.S. coverage.
Data Available includes any combination of the below in XML, JSON, or JSONP (ie. callback) formats through a
HTTP or HTTPS interface:
Please contact me so we can add it.