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.