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Old 12-08-2015, 08:02 PM   #1
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I will be bringing a boat from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver Island. I have identified two sites online for wind and wave information...Buoy weather and Passage weather. Does anyone have any recommendations for other good weather sites?
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:07 PM   #2
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Most all of the sites obtain their raw data from NOAA, & NWS. They may package it differently and add graphics of their choice. Predictions may be tweeked somewhat but basically they all present the same data perhaps more options on one site or another in how you view the data, find one you like and compare it to one you don't like and you will find that the only difference is how it is presented the data is mostly the same.
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National Weather Service/NOAA. You should have vhf (receiving) coverage for the trip and their forecasts and weather observations are good. We've done the trip twice.
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Old 12-08-2015, 09:27 PM   #4
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Here are a few of my favourites...

NOAA Ocean Prediction center-Pacific Marine
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/Pac_tab.shtml

This NOAA graphic is especially useful, but I'm still learning how to interpret it.
http://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/P_e_sfc_color.png

Environment Canada Marine Weather Texts
http://weather.gc.ca/marine/marine_b...in=fqcn13.cwvr

Environment Canada Marine Light Station Reports
http://weather.gc.ca/marine/weatherC...2&siteID=16200

Environment Canada South Coast Regional Summary
http://weather.gc.ca/marine/weatherC...&stationID=BBC

Environment Canada North Coast Regional Summary
https://weather.gc.ca/marine/weather...&stationID=WZV




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Old 12-08-2015, 09:43 PM   #5
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All the ones mentioned plus http://www.stormsurf.com/page2/forec.../current.shtml. Yes it is for surfers, but has great long term forecasts and wind and wave maps on the "models" page.
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This one is a bit different from most. I find it great for getting a good understanding of the overall weather pattern anywhere in the world.


earth :: a global map of wind, weather, and ocean conditions
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Environment Canada South Coast Regional Summary

http://weather.gc.ca/marine/weatherC...&stationID=BBC


I noticed that if you click on any site (lefthand side) it takes you to the 24 hour observations.


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Old 12-08-2015, 11:51 PM   #8
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Thanks all. I appreciate all the sites. I will check them and hopefully find a good window in late January.
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For your trip during that time of the year, I would get a professional weather router such as Commander Weather. Historically, for Neah Bay Bouy, the wind probability >= 4 Beaufort is 73% with an average temperature of 44 degrees.
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Here's a handy addition to the other sites mentioned in this thread. It is similar to earth.nullschool.net but with more options such as: Future predictions along with temperature, clouds, rain, waves, snow, pressure etc.

https://www.windyty.com/?19.434,-99.139,2
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Here's another:

Windfinder - wind, wave & weather reports, forecasts & statistics worldwide

Although I like windyty better since I recently discovered it.
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It's hard to beat Passage Weather.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:58 PM   #13
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7 Day Wind, Wave & Tide Weather Forecasts and Live wind reports for Australia provides helpful forecasting in Australian major cities, of wind speed & direction, wave height & direction, for the coming seven days, in graph illustrated form. To the extent it disagrees with the Govt. Bureau of Meteorology, it usually proves right.
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Another "Ripper" marine weather website with all sorts of weather links!

http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/loops/


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Thanks, pretty interesting site. I will check it out.I have been following Passage Weather and comparing it to NOAA. They are both very good.
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Yes. I met with the people at Environment Canada today and they pointed me to this site.

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All the ones mentioned plus Pacific Storm & Surf Forecast (Stormsurf). Yes it is for surfers, but has great long term forecasts and wind and wave maps on the "models" page.
I like that site a lot too Spy. The presentation of the buoy data is quite helpful especially when matching up offshore weather predictions and subsequent real world impacts on sea state as recorded by buoys.
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