Greg Kiser

Marine Conditions app

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Hey folks - I have seen great advice on this forum for marine weather apps (dark sky, radarus).  But how about an app that provides water conditions?  Light chop, 2-3 foot seas, etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions? 

 

Thanks!

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NOAA Marine Forecast ... like this ... http://forecast.weather.gov/shmrn.php?mz=slz024 ... just find your region. The wave info not always included but waves are the function of wind so you can deduce or learn to relate.

NOAA Buoy Network ... near real time conditions ... http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=sauf1 ... just find a buoy near where you boat ... some report waves as well.

Realy nice weather forecast site focused on winds, wave forecast and tide info ... https://www.windfinder.com/weatherforecast/saint_augustine_beach?utm_source=www.windfinder.com&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=redirect ... they have tablet/phone apps that are functional equivalent of their site.

Watch the barometric pressure and winds and you will know what is coming.

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Thanks everyone.  What does the barametric pressure tell you?  In Clearwater Beach, FL, it's usually around 30.

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Minor changes in barometric (atmospheric) pressure have been guiding sailors since forever. Standard or average barometric pressure at sea level is 29.92 inHg. The changes in pressure, and the rate of change over time, indicate change in weather fronts and the severity. Simplified rule: pressure going up ... change for better, pressure going down ... change for worse.

More comprehensive info here ... http://www.barometricpressureheadache.com/barometric-pressure-and-weather-conditions/

The changes in atmospheric pressure create winds, and winds create waves.

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That's fascinating!   I'm a 57 yo man and somehow did not know any of this. Makes perfect sense!  Sometimes man's ingenuity is really on display.  To observe these small changes in our environment and deduct causation. Wow

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NOAA marine weather report from the VHF. Yes its not an app. But its updated ever few hours with a ton of info.

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Problem is ..HOW CAN YOU ADJUST the sensitivity of the clouds / rain to see what is coming.  NOAA  picture said no rain. I got hit with massive intense down pour for 10 minutes.

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1 hour ago, Iggy said:

NOAA marine weather report from the VHF. Yes its not an app. But its updated ever few hours with a ton of info.

Good point!

 

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On 8/7/2017 at 3:31 PM, Greg Kiser said:

That's fascinating!   I'm a 57 yo man and somehow did not know any of this. Makes perfect sense!  Sometimes man's ingenuity is really on display.  To observe these small changes in our environment and deduct causation. Wow

Earth Science 9th grade.

Thanks for the refresher Rich

 

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My favorite weather is a stalled High Pressure system with widely spaced isobars. Even Lake Erie can't battle that!

I use the National Data Buoy center all the time. BUFN6 for the local info and the Port Colborne buoy for waveheight.  I'd love to see the Port colborne buoy get a camera like some in the Pacific Ocean.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/buoycams.shtml

 

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The budget for NOAA is 1.1billion dollars.  Expensive weather service ?  :o

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There is an app called NOAA Weather Ships, it shows data received from ships currently at sea, Its more of a novelty since the ships are so spread out, but sometimes you get lucky and find ships are in your area. Hopefully more ships will start reporting to cover more areas, the data they report are wind speed and direction, air & water temp, and wave heights  I included the Apple App Store link below  

NOAA Weather Ships by David Gross
https://appsto.re/us/w2WWgb.i


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