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Old 09-28-2016, 02:16 PM   #1
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What do you use for weather?

Rivers and lakes:
NOAA - National Weather Service - Water

Overall weather waves and such:
Hourly Weather Forecast for 27.72N 82.56W (Elev. 0 ft)

And:
NOAA Graphical Forecast for Tampa Bay Area, FL

Occasionally look at the bouys:
NDBC - Central Florida Recent Marine Data

Others?
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:39 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2016, 02:42 PM   #3
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Several like NOAA, and the Canadian version. But for open water we use WindyTY.com
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Yes, https://www.windyty.com/?-36.280,137.549,4

It's not looking too good out there today.
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Old 09-28-2016, 03:39 PM   #5
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Old 09-28-2016, 04:18 PM   #6
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Yes, https://www.windyty.com/?-36.280,137.549,4

It's not looking too good out there today.
That is absolutely mesmerizing. I could stare at that all day.
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:24 PM   #8
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In my experience, that and my eyes have proven to be the most reliable. On my latest cruise, we spent several days in port because of inaccurate weather forecasts.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:35 PM   #9
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The NWS over the course of the summer changed all their Alaska websites with a less than stellar result. On the mobile web site (providing text forecasts for the bandwidth challenged), the NWS still refers to the forecast zones, e.g., PKZ036 is Clarence Strait, which matches the way the forecasts and weather is broadcast on VHF radio. The main web pages don't mention forecast zones or even refer to the name commonly used to talk about forecasts, again, using Clarence Strait as an example. Frankly, this smells like a nationwide standardization effort by NWS, designed by someone inside the beltway who has never had to worry about a marine forecast. The worst consequence of this effort was I lost access to the satellite image that told me the most about weather in Alaska. It's gone, where I don't know.

So to answer your question, I don't know at this point, because the NWS has broken what used to work pretty well and Sirius XM doesn't update reliably and the wind forecast is full of errors. I like Windyty, but when cruise ships are in during the summer, their isn't a lot of bandwidth left to retrieve it. That's why I am a big fan of text. If the NWS breaks that again (it was broken for about 3 weeks in the summer with the transition to the new websites), I am going to ask my Senators to send the money to someone else who understands the need.

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Old 09-28-2016, 08:30 PM   #10
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Portage,

Good site but pricey.... try FishWeather, very similar but free.

However I'm gonna try sail flow out on their trial... Thx for the referral.
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Yes, https://www.windyty.com/?-36.280,137.549,4

It's not looking too good out there today.
Windyty is interesting, but how to you really know what the wind velocity is? The color coding is awkward at best. And there's no info on gusts.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:03 PM   #12
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I have found Windfinder to be fairly accurate 3-5 days out and darn good within 3 days.
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:48 PM   #13
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for the Gulf of Mexico I like:
Tampa Bay Surf Report (STORMSURF)
Click on Sea Height in the "control panel" for sea conditions.
So far good results.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:06 AM   #14
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for the Gulf of Mexico I like:
Tampa Bay Surf Report (STORMSURF)
Click on Sea Height in the "control panel" for sea conditions.
So far good results.
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Wow, what a ton on info, thx!
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:19 AM   #15
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Windyty is interesting, but how to you really know what the wind velocity is? The color coding is awkward at best. And there's no info on gusts.
I use it on my IPad, I tap on the location I'm looking for information, then follow the prompts for all the info you might want. Took me a little bit of time to figure it out, but it's my go to for offshore weather. Not too good for inside stuff.
Good luck.
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:23 AM   #16
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Forgot, it will give you wind, wind direction and speed, wave height, direction,and time span between. Also swell, height , time span and direction.
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Old 09-29-2016, 03:29 AM   #17
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In Australia, 7 Day Wind, Wave & Tide Weather Forecasts and Live wind reports for Australia.
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Old 09-29-2016, 03:41 AM   #18
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Fishweather Wind forecast maps.
Weatherbug for lightning maps and weather radar.
NOAA marine coastal text forecasts for big picture synopsis and the same general info you get off VHF WX channels without having to wait.
NOAA Tides Online for real time tidal observations and predictions.
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Old 09-29-2016, 06:40 AM   #19
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Near shore or inshore local TV will show a radar picture ,

Further offshore a short wave radio will output WEATHER FAX info to a computer.

This is great fun when in use as its always nice to know where the 15meter waves are in the winter .
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The NWS over the course of the summer changed all their Alaska websites with a less than stellar result. On the mobile web site (providing text forecasts for the bandwidth challenged), the NWS still refers to the forecast zones, e.g., PKZ036 is Clarence Strait, which matches the way the forecasts and weather is broadcast on VHF radio. The main web pages don't mention forecast zones or even refer to the name commonly used to talk about forecasts, again, using Clarence Strait as an example. Frankly, this smells like a nationwide standardization effort by NWS, designed by someone inside the beltway who has never had to worry about a marine forecast. The worst consequence of this effort was I lost access to the satellite image that told me the most about weather in Alaska. It's gone, where I don't know.

So to answer your question, I don't know at this point, because the NWS has broken what used to work pretty well and Sirius XM doesn't update reliably and the wind forecast is full of errors. I like Windyty, but when cruise ships are in during the summer, their isn't a lot of bandwidth left to retrieve it. That's why I am a big fan of text. If the NWS breaks that again (it was broken for about 3 weeks in the summer with the transition to the new websites), I am going to ask my Senators to send the money to someone else who understands the need.

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Tom and SE Alaska Cruisers:

We too were adversely affected by NWS website changes this summer. After submitting several emails complaining about the changes, NWS directed me to a new link that has a text based forecast for all SE inside, and another link for SE outside waters. The new format looks a lot like the old one. They are:

http://forecast.weather.gov/product....n=1&glossary=0

And

http://forecast.weather.gov/product....n=1&glossary=0

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