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compounder posted 02-04-2001 09:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for compounder   Send Email to compounder  
What's the best website for marine weather forecasts? Primarily interested in Southeast coast. Thanks.
dgp posted 02-04-2001 09:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
www.noaa.gov
Ossabaw posted 02-04-2001 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ossabaw  Send Email to Ossabaw     
For starters try:
http://twister.sbs.ohio-state.edu/
Pick WEATHER BY STATE on screen-left..pick a state and then pick a city and you can get all the weather data you need.
I live in Savannah GA and get the marine forecasts from the weather forecast office in Charleston.
Also for bouy info try:
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/Maps/rmd.shtml
Pick a region box and then pick a bouy.
For good regional radar info try:
http://www.intellicast.com/LocalWeather/World/UnitedStates/Radar/
Click on a region and pick a product.
If you have any more weather questions let me know.
I spent 12 years as a TV weather anchor..old habits die hard.
Scott
Ossabaw posted 02-04-2001 09:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ossabaw  Send Email to Ossabaw     
For starters try:
twister.sbs.ohio-state.edu/
Pick WEATHER BY STATE on screen-left..pick a state and then pick a city and you can get all the weather data you need.
I live in Savannah GA and get the marine forecasts from the weather forecast office in Charleston.
Also for bouy info try:
www.ndbc.noaa.gov/Maps/rmd.shtml
Pick a region box and then pick a bouy.
For good regional radar info try:
www.intellicast.com/LocalWeather/World/UnitedStates/Radar/
Click on a region and pick a product.
If you have any more weather questions let me know.
I spent 12 years as a TV weather anchor..old habits die hard.
Scott
triblet posted 02-04-2001 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
This is an area in which I have some
expertise - finding marine weather websites.
I run a page that's real popular with the
local dive community at
[rul]http://www.garlic.com/~triblet/swell/wamglance.html[/url]

There are several interesting forecasts.
The Northern California version of these is on,
or linked to, the site above. There's also
a link to a page I wrote that tries to
explain how to read it. My point is:
don't stop looking until you've found all
of these (except CDIP if you aren't in
California).

- Coastal and Marine Forecasts. These give
winds, wind waves, and swells for the next
36 hours. Also, Small Craft Advisories,
Gale Warnings, and High Surf Advisories
will be announced here. This is the same
text as the Coastal and Marine forecasts
the weather channels on your VHF gives you.
The URLs for these will vary greatly
depending on where you are located.

- Local surface conditions. At least for
a diver, this tells me whether to bring
suntan lotion or a slicker. Other than that
not terribly interesting (though the fair
weather divers love it).
The URLs for these will vary greatly
depending on where you are located.

- CDIP Swell model. This is a map of current
(well, an hour or two old) swells derived
from real-time data from the weather
buoy in the mouth of Monterey bay. These
forecasts are only available for California
as far as I know. CDIP (Coastal Data
Information Program) is funded in part by
the State of California. The rest of you
will have to learn how to read the raw
data coming from the buoys. See
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/ and follow
the "Recent Marine Data" link.

- CDIP Experimental three-day graph. This is
nice and easy to read. Again, it's only
available for California. It's derived
from the WAM data (see below) which the
rest of you will have to learn to read.
Note that it's broken at the momement
(WAM data feed problem).

- CDIP Experimental three-day swell model.
This is in the same format as the real-time
swell model, and is derived from WAM data
also, and also broken at the moment.
Also, California only.

- WAM. Wave Action Model. The Navy runs
the Fleet Numerical Oceanographic and
Meteorlogical Center (FNMOC, "Fleet
Numerical"), which is in Monterey, but
that's actually irrelevant (other than I
happen to know a couple of folks from it
who are local divers). They have a big
super computer and predict sea conditions
world-wide so the Navy can keep their ship
out of the big stuff. They are nice
enough to post the data on the web at
http://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/PUBLIC/WAM/wam.html
It goes out six days.

- Webcams. Nice for checking out what's
happening NOW, though in my case it's
usally still dark when I leave the house.

Learn the difference between wind waves (aka
wind chop) and swells (aka rollers). Wind
waves make the ride in a whaler bad, swells
make surge underwater for the divers and
surf on the beach.

Enough?

Chuck

triblet posted 02-04-2001 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
I forgot to mention: the biggest failing of
the agencies is that they slice things
by product (i.e. forecast rather than by
geography), which is why I put my page
together.

Chuck

bigz posted 02-05-2001 06:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for bigz    
Rex,
http://www.wunderground.com just enter your zip

here is an example of Savannah
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=Savannah+GA+

you will see that the marine forecast is present along with current radar all in one place --- Intellicast radar and surface maps are great, though with all the darn ads it loads like a snail

the buoy reports are excellent as pointed out by Scott

For tide information this is pretty good http://www.marineweather.com/tides.html

Tom

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