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Weather forecast about as accurately as anywhere else
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Before making an offshore passage, I usualyy check Marine weather: Europe which will give forecasted wind conditions for the area you choose for the next week in 3 hr increments. We have found this service to be very accurate.
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the actual URL for the weather forecast is: weatheronline.co.uk/sail.htm
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I look outside.......since the forecasters don't know much......it seems....All of my experience offshore told me to depend on the captain....since I've never been one......I didn't care either way......I was just along for the ride.....

I also like the old .......If the rope is wet, it's raining....if it's swinging, it's windy..... etc. etc......
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the same as Buckeye, I look out the wheelhouse window and note the cloud formations, whether the barometer is steady, falling or rising. Check the wind and its direction and the sea state. All of this will give you the weather for the next few hours.
And if there are indicators of change I will check either the VHF WX or the SSB WX.
But looking out the window works for me...Mainly because no matter what the weather, if it isn't beyond the safety margin of working offshore, we go out and do our jobs. This is for the work boats of the oilfields.
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Where do you get your weather?
Here in the mid-Atlantic region, we get most of our weather from the west! It's the Coriolis effect!

More seriously, NOAA and Weather Underground. I'm glued to this one during hurricane season:

National Hurricane Center
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I used to ride those boats Boasun....out to the oilfields (worked out of New Orleans/Grande Isle/places in Plaquemines Parish that I NEVER want to see again)......WHEW!!!!! what a ride!!! They took off in weather I wouldn't....and I'm a pretty ballsy kind of guy......Hats off to ya......(assuming you're one of those captains?)
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Not that I depend on my own forecasting but I try to rotate in some weather reading every so often so (theoretically) I can recognize changes once out on the water. You never know, plus it's interesting stuff
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I used to ride those boats Boasun....out to the oilfields (worked out of New Orleans/Grande Isle/places in Plaquemines Parish that I NEVER want to see again)......WHEW!!!!! what a ride!!! They took off in weather I wouldn't....and I'm a pretty ballsy kind of guy......Hats off to ya......(assuming you're one of those captains?)
Yeah I was one of those Captains. Had fun and enjoyed the ride. But you should had seen the sweat break out on some of my crew's foreheads. They trusted me and carry out their jobs in safety. Always brought them home in one piece.
Now I teach people who want licenses for the Gulf.
Oh! I've seen worst while fishing in the Bering Sea.
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