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What websites do you use to forecast wind speed and direction or to see current conditions?
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Passage weather.com; Wind Guru; and NOAA

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I generally use NOAA for my area. I think this link will take you to a map where you can click for a wind/weather forecast for MA coastal waters. Coastal Waters Forecast for Coastal Waters East of Ipswich Bay and the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (ANZ250)
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Re: Wind sites

We like passageweather.com down here in the Caribbean. It seems to be the most comprehensive, though usually a tad below reality on wind speed (3 to 5 knots) in the channels.
After about 3 days it lags behind reality about 12 hours, say on a trip to Bermuda, which shouldn't affect daily forecasts for day sailing.
For hurricane information, we like the wundergound.com tropical wx presentation.

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furycames are a whole nother matter---i use storm 2k and nhc and wunderground....nhc has the forming possibilities before winderground does and i am exactly under one area of formation, so i appreciate the early showing of wannabes--splains our local weather, as we are located on the monsoonal trough in spring and late summer, as it passes along mexicos southern coast fro a bit.


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I have Passage Weather and WindAlert on my iPad.

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I like windfinder- the superforfecast is usually spot on for this area.

Wind, waves & weather Superforecast Port Dover - Windfinder

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Re: Wind sites

If you learn the basics of reading METARs (see below), you can get pretty accurate information for your local area, especially if you have an airport near the water. You can get current conditions (METAR) as well as forecasted (TAF) for any airport you enter in. It also helps that the information is text only and can be retrieved easily on slow devices.

Keep in mind that the readings may be off due to terrain, but generally I've had decent luck with them as long as they are close to the water. I've had much better luck using this for inland waters/ICW/etc than I have other sites.

You can query METAR/TAF information here:

ADDS - METARs

You'll need airport codes to query, keep in mind that general aviation airports are much greater in number than those you may be familiar with, so consult a map of your area to find them.

Enter them in format similar to this:

KMLB, KTIX, KORL

You'll get the following back:

KMLB 141453Z VRB04KT 10SM SCT022 30/24 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP155 T03000239 51001
KMLB 141131Z 1412/1512 22004KT P6SM SKC
FM141400 19007KT P6SM FEW030
FM141800 12010KT P6SM SCT035
FM150000 VRB04KT P6SM VCSH FEW040 BKN250
FM150200 21004KT P6SM FEW040 SCT250

KTIX 141550Z 25008KT 7SM SCT030 31/24 A2999
KTIX 141131Z 1412/1512 20005KT P6SM FEW035 SCT250
FM141400 21008KT P6SM SCT040
FM142100 20008KT P6SM VCTS SCT040CB BKN120
FM150000 VRB04KT P6SM VCSH FEW040 BKN250
FM150200 22004KT P6SM FEW040 SCT250

KORL 141453Z VRB06KT 10SM FEW031 31/23 A2999 RMK AO2 SLP158 T03110233 51002

I"ll translate the first part of the last one (METAR):

KORL - Airport identifier
141453Z - Date, followed by time METAR was reported (every hour) in z time
VRB06KT - Wind conditions, variable @ 6 knots. You'll also see things like 25008KT, which indicates the wind is coming from 250 @ 8 knots. You may also see something like 18020G25, which indicates winds from 180 gusting from 20 to 25 knots.
10SM - Visibility is 10 statute miles

The rest of the information indicates cloud cover, temp/dew point, barometric pressure, and assorted other items that may vary from airport to airport and between different weather conditions. Some information can be really useful (visibility, dew point/temp, fog, t-storms, rain, etc), but you have to know how to read it.

They have a lot of good info, so you might look online for a more in depth tutorial if you plan on using them for weather information.
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