Hey, jward, I watch these pretty closely a day or two in advance...
Someday I want to learn a little more about isobar maps and gradient air at 2,000 feet and how they predict wind forecasts. There's an interesting article here:http://www.winningwind.com/predictingwind.html
This paragraph toward end:
To work out the actual wind on the surface, we start by working out what the gradient wind is then modify our answer based on a set of pretty simple rules to get the wind direction and strength that we are likely to experience on deck. Due to the deflection of the Coriolis force, we start with the assumption that the wind at 2000 feet blows parallel along the isobars. Remembering of course, that the wind flows clockwise around a high pressure in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise around a 'low'.
Yeah, anyone can go camping and plan for a variety of possible weather situations. But not so sailing, of course. No wind, no sail.
BTW, last Saturday turned out to be good. Wish I could have gone, but was helping a daughter move.