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sailingnewby 07-03-2007 12:42 PM

Whats the weather like
Sometimes weather or not I go sailing depends on the weather, and with my luck it will look like a nice day but it will turn out to be lightning and thunder on the water. any suggjestions on being able to tell what the weather has in store?

Bump 07-03-2007 12:54 PM

You can check the weather report.

sailingnewby 07-03-2007 12:56 PM

They don't usually tell you about the wind and when they do they're usually wrong.

CapnHand 07-03-2007 01:02 PM

I've found that gives accurate weather forecasts 90% of the time or better. When they are wrong, it's usually on the conservative side; ie, they forecast a storm but it misses us. I use the NOAA data buoys to get an idea of what the water is like at the moment.

SEMIJim 07-03-2007 02:15 PM


Originally Posted by sailingnewby
They don't usually tell you about the wind and when they do they're usually wrong.

I doubt he meant as in TV and broadcast radio weather reports. You can get up-to-date marine weather reports on NOAA weather radio (Radio Shack and many other stores carry the necessary radios--they're not overly expensive), on-line from places like Weather Underground, and, I believe from USCG resources.


tommyt 07-03-2007 04:17 PM

If you have a handheld VHF you tune it to Channel 2. They are more right then wrong, and give you a broad range of information. Certainly more reliable then network news.

You can also get NOAA information for your area online very easily.

soul searcher 07-03-2007 06:07 PM

This is a great site for getting current conditions at the bouys.
Milford, Ma Weather-Chesapeake Bay Buoy Data

on the home page go to nautical and select your area. It steams the data so watch the map for a minute there is alot of info.

duffer1960 07-03-2007 07:40 PM

sailingdog 07-03-2007 08:19 PM

You can also try - MD - chesapeake Wind Data, which has almost real-time wind data for various locations.

SchoonerMISTRESS 07-03-2007 08:40 PM

I always check weather underground. Find link here: Welcome to The Weather Underground : Weather Underground
It has a great weather marine site with all kinds of maps including wind and water temp maps, radar, satellite and a bunch of other cool stuff. While I usually check all three sites before we head out, I find weather underground to be consistently more detailed and accurate than or Hope this helps!

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