Offshore weather resources, in a nutshell

Revised: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Corenman, Jim

Course Outline by Jim Corenman

1. Look Outdoors

a. Calibrated barometer/barograph

b. Wind speed and direction

c. Cloud observations

2. Warnings and text forecasts (general info: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/home.htm)

a. Via HF SSB (voice) from USCG http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfvoice.htm

b. Via HF SITOR (radiotelex) from USCG http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/hfsitor.htm

c. Via email from Saildocs (email: info@saildocs.com)

d. Via sat-phone/Internet http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/marine/forecast.htm

3. Radiofax charts via HF-SSB http://weather.noaa.gov/fax/marine.shtml

4. Forecast data in Grib format

a. Sources:

i. Saildocs (email gribinfo@saildocs.com)

ii. Global Marine Net (http://www.globalmarinenet.net/grib.htm)

iii. http://www.navcenter.com/

b. Viewers and grib-compatible chart programs:

i. Airmail/Viewfax (http://www.siriuscyber.net/wxfax)

ii. MaxSea (http://www.maxseainc.com/index.html or http://setsail.com/maxsea/intro.html)

iii. Raytech (http://www.raymarine.com)

c. How to get it

i. Sailmail (http://www.sailmail.com)

ii. Iridium (http://iridium.com)

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