Tropical weather links
Lightening strikes: Intellicast
World Satellite View: Intellicast Mercatur projection, whole earth, in color.
Weather Service Products:
Most everything that the NWS has on the net in an Index.
Local, regional, SE Florida:
The rest of MS-NBC Intellicast, WSI corporation has changed their format once again, and we are trying to keep up. Still a good site even though they have given in to advertising banners. The RADAR Loop page now starts with the entire US, with this map you can click on a section and get a closer view. Southeastern US and adjacent waters with Key West as center, Radar loop.
Miami NextRad Loop:
Weather Underground 1km resolution current satellite image.
Satellite images are also different, here is the Continental
Loop. They also have an Atlantic
Loop, satellite image. Another satellite image of note is the Atlantic
HiRes, this is a full page including Latitude and Longitude markings. For the
non-mariner 1 minute of Latitude equals one nautical mile. So the distance North and South
between the horizontal lines is five degrees or three hundred nautical miles.
Being the USA Today of weather sites Intellicast has lots of traffic, the site can download slow and they also suffer from a lack of hard data. At the top of their page there is a listing of other images of interest. They have added a "SAILcast" page to their site, this has a number of interesting images including wind strength and direction.
USCG Navigation Center, new web site.
National Weather Service current conditions for Fort Lauderdale.
Navy weather wind speed, direction and seastate for the North Atlantic basin: GO NAVY you will get a permission page, much of the Navy weather site you need ID for access, but a lot of good information is available to the public, seeing that we are paying for it..... Goto CONUS, (Continental US).
Weather Underground Miami current conditions.
Tropical RAMSDIS OnLine is used to display animated real-time GOES-8 imagery of a tropical weather system. This is a very cool product, but the download times for the loops is excessive, some over 20 minutes at DSL speeds.
Thermal image of the
Gulf Stream. Not as
up to date as it used to be, you have to search for the data you are looking for. This is
a good example of seeing the mighty Gulf Stream, but the data is over time and not real
Here is an image composite for 5.53 days ending August 12, 2001. This shows the summer time pattern of warm coastal and warm Gulf Stream water. Compare this with the winter time image of February, were there is a distinct difference between the cold water coastal boundary and the warm waters of the Gulf Stream. Interesting also is the cooler water shadows created by the Islands of the Bahamas.
National Hurricane Center Satellite Imagery Index.
Western North Atlantic Bouys, ships and pressure plot.
Next available Radar image, centered Miami, FL: NEXTRAD
Doppler Radar or Relative Radial Velocity: This technology targets individual raindrops and shows their relative velocity either toward the transmitter/receiver or away from the transmitter/receiver. This is a very interesting graphic that allows you to see the relative wind direction and force in a system. It is important to understand that if the particle is moving tangent, that is neither toward or away, to the RADAR located in Miami that it would not show up. For the sailor this would be a good picture to look at.
National Weather Service, Marine information weather broadcast (text) for Florida and adjacent waters.
National Weather Service High Seas Marine forecast for the Western Atlantic.
National Weather Service Home Page.
Real time weather data from Fowey Rocks lighthouse, which is located just south of Miami Harbor entrance and is the beginning of the reef line of the Florida Keys. Real time weather data from the C-MAN weather station located at Settlement Point, Grand Bahama Island, the is the western end of Grand Bahama Island.
60 hour forecast NGM MOS Meteogram for
Very good quick look into the forecast, once you understand what you are looking at.
The Big picture, International and Continental:
The mother of all satellite images, a GOES East - West, Mercatur projection, Infrared loop. This takes a while to download. But it is a great view, This is a twelve frame, 12 hour loop. This is the IMAX of satellite images, enjoy.
Real nice Composite map showing fronts, satellite image and weather data for the continental US from Purdue University. Click on this map for local current text data. This page will also take you to a number of other interesting areas for weather.
This GOES West infrared image looks to the West Coast, Gulf of Alaska and the Hawaiian islands, this is our weather, SE Florida, a week from now. This page now has loop capabilities. Here is a composite Infrared, East and West Mercatur projection that shows a more informative image. Here is an image from the GOES East satellite that is optimized to show water vapor.
Ohio State University has a focused Meteorology program with lots of images.
Composite satellite image with weather data overlay from Purdue University.
Eastern continental US and Atlantic GOES Infrared satellite image.
This is a series of informational images that are printed for each class to be used
in conjunction with local observations and VHF weather reports to help the students
put the technologies of today together with good seamanship practices. More and
more cruisers are adding laptop computers and internet access to help plan successful
USCG Notice to Mariners
National Weather Service
NGM MOS Meteogram
Composite satellite image
24 hour forecast Atlantic wind/sea state chart
Peak wave period and swell direction, National Hurricane Center.
Current US Radar
East-West Mercatur Projection
World Satellite View:
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