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Old 05-06-2015, 02:38 AM   #1
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Planning our summer stay in Fl, first long term stay on boat, and wondering what service to use to check weather for daily or longer outings. Do you use a paid service or is there free sites?
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:15 AM   #3
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Between 1 June and 30 November, I have always checked the National Hurricane Center on a daily basis and more often when storms are headed toward the east coast and every 3 hours if a storm looks really threatening.

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I also use this link for the NWS radar. I have selected the Central Florida area but you can select other areas on the bottom.

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We pretty much settle on Weather Underground; we book marked various locations along the coast for both the land based (which includes a nice radar feature) and marine forecasts. Of course it is all NWS derived, but we like the bundling and format. Worked good on a phone too, even my then-Blackberry.
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Old 05-06-2015, 09:41 AM   #5
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Florida isn't that difficult to forecast to quote Yogi Berra,You can observe a lot just by watching

My biggest concern is lightning which Sirius XM weather does an excellent job at in real time. The fronts and pressure gradients are also quite good and were a source I used in comms with Richard last year for his pond crossing. Ray marine, garmin and furuno all have a built in interface so you can overlay the weather info onto your chart display.


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Florida isn't that difficult to forecast to quote Yogi Berra,You can observe a lot just by watching

My biggest concern is lightning which Sirius XM weather does an excellent job at in real time. The fronts and pressure gradients are also quite good and were a source I used in comms with Richard last year for his pond crossing. Ray marine, garmin and furuno all have a built in interface so you can overlay the weather info onto your chart display.

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Yep. If I was in CONUS, I'd have the Sirius thing.

For non boat use, those middlemen providers are ok.

But they are often delayed concerning nws fcst amendments. I wouldn't use them for boat use.

Bacchus and I have been talking about putting together a weather thing. Maybe a wx section on TF

Then everyone could provide links to their favorite sites.
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mmm I was just considering Sirus/XM weather add on......get sat radio too which I have in my truck.
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mmm I was just considering Sirus/XM weather add on......get sat radio too which I have in my truck.
You may want to check as to Sirius Weather coverage in Canada for your cruise next year. I have found that both marine forecasts and GRIB files are quite adequate in PNW with many different internet sites providing great detailed information when you are near a WIFI shore station. Sensory overload almost.
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You may want to check as to Sirius Weather coverage in Canada for your cruise next year. I have found that both marine forecasts and GRIB files are quite adequate in PNW with many different internet sites providing great detailed information when you are near a WIFI shore station. Sensory overload almost.
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My brother in Washington uses it in Alaska and Canada. Here's a screenshot from my display here in Florida of that region.Click image for larger version

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My brother in Washington uses it in Alaska and Canada. Here's a screenshot from my display here in Florida of that region.Attachment 39970


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Has anybody used Predict Wind?
Wind Forecast | Marine Wind Forecast | PredictWind

It looks kinda interesting but I am deferring a subscription until I have a longer cruise planned.
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Sorry about that...Sirius XM.

I also had a subscription to predict the wind but I didn't renew it. I found that it's routing was no better than what I came up with using the available weather charts.


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If you have an Android device, run, don't walk, to install WeatherBomb. It provides, for any location, fabulous seven-day animations of wind, precipitation and cloud cover on a map, plus very useful predictive graphs. It also allows you to optionally use the Canadian global model, which is generally better than the NWS model. Plus, it is FREE!
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For those with Lowrance, their weather implementation from Sirius is "rinky dink" compared to Garmin. In Alaska you can't select any forecast zones. You do get wind forecasts and sea states off shore. You can also get current observations from some sites, but getting it to display is kind of like shooting flies on a target 100 yards away, hits are a random success. Talking to the factory reps at the Seattle Boat Show about it, was like carrying on a conversation with a brick. They didn't seem to care.

Even with the poor performance of Lowrance, I find the information I can coax out of the system well worth the monthly cost for the service for 4 months a year. It would be worth even more if I could get what Garmin seems to provide.

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We use Weather Undergound for land based forecasts and Bouyweather and Chris Parker when we're out and about in the EC and Bahamas. You can tailor your subscription for the area and duration. What's nice with both of these, you have different options on receiving forecasts. We also like having at least 2 sources for weather.

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Insequent;Has anybody used Predict Wind?

Yep, I use it for departure planning and weather routing. It works well for me.
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Has anybody used Predict Wind?
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It looks kinda interesting but I am deferring a subscription until I have a longer cruise planned.
For Aussies, how about 7 Day Wind, Wave & Tide Weather Forecasts (including live wind reports) for Australia Free, and usually more accurate than/preferable to BOM (Bureau of Meteorology).
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For Aussies, how about 7 Day Wind, Wave & Tide Weather Forecasts (including live wind reports) for Australia Free, and usually more accurate than/preferable to BOM (Bureau of Meteorology).
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Yes, I use that all the time for local trips. It seems pretty good for the areas it covers, but coverage is not very extensive.
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