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Websites for Wind Speed Forecasts?

I really like sailflow.com, but if you want to access it from your web-enabled cell phone they charge $29.95 per month.

SailFlow.com - WA - puget sound Wind Data

Are there any other websites that let you access the wind speed forecasts from your phone for free or at a low cost?
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Windfinder - wind, wave & weather reports, forecasts & statistics / webcams, satellite images, isobar maps, tides

PassageWeather - Sailing Weather - Marine Weather Forecasts for Sailors and Adventurers

I don't know if they will come up on your phone, but they are free........i2f

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Sailflow is also free, even from a cell phone. Unless you've requested access to historical data older than one week, the whole site is free. I use it from my phone all the time... and have never been asked to pay. I don't know what you did differently, but you screwed up someplace.




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SailFlow has extra features for moneys, such as historical data, wind graphs, and I think at least some current-conditions reports. But they do give you wind forecast plots for free, when they're up and running, which they're not for a significant fraction of the time. Right now the site is down, and there have been lots of times where they were "experience difficulties with their 0900 DRAMS model run" or whatever.

I check sailflow occasionally when I really want a plot. Otherwise I use bigwavedave.ca (unfortunately they don't have Puget Sound stuff), Environment Canada (usually grossly overestimates wind speed) and the NOAA forecasts from wunderground.com. I also look at the surface analysis charts (Pacific Briefing Package) alongside The Wind Came From All Ways, which again doesn't discuss Puget Sound, but I'm sure there's a similar book for Washington waters. Either way you can start to learn the patterns and do your own forecasting.

Also I googled "NOAA weather phone" and found NOAA TELEPHONE RECORDINGS

For Seattle: 206-526-6087
Also, there's a "dial-a-buoy" service where you can call a buoy and get current observations and forecasts: 888-701-8992.

For Vancouver weather phone: 604-664-9010
For Victoria weather phone: 250-656-2714

I have never used the phone services but I understand they're the same thing you hear on VHF W1/72.

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WindFinder is very cool. I've been using this one and found it to be rather accurate. Not much good for you folks in te Pacific Northwest though.........

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Windguru is also great if they cover a place you sail. They have two separate forecasts. One includes gust forecasts.

WindGURU: United States - TX - Galveston Island / East Beach



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I like & use SailFlow a lot, with two different maps we can get inner and outer wind conditions, right now we're getting 24-26 inner and 35-45 outer

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I use this one:

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But for a general view PassageWeather looks great. Thanks!



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