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onlymedication
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Note weather apps/websites

What iPhone apps and/or websites do people use most frequently and find the easiest to use, navigate and get the information you want quickly, along with being accurate, for keeping track of forecasts while in the BVI?
As a racing sailor, I rarely bother with anything more than weather.com here at home. Tells me the temp, chance for precip and general conditions. For the rest, I use my eyes and other senses and experience. But, that is as a daytime only around the bouys racer.
I find that when there is actual weather somewhere, such as today with the tropical storm brewing in the Gulf, weather.com becomes slow and bogged down. The last thing you need when you want to grab a quick forecast at the end or start of your day while on vacation.

What recommendations do you all have for apps or websites, in addition to the weather radio, of course, for getting your weather data while in the BVI?

First time poster, so I apologize in advance if I've missed this question already answered elsewhere. Appreciate Walker and all of the posters here, just found this board recently and have enjoyed hours upon hours of informational entertainment, thanks!
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Calypso Me
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:41 am    

http://www.mawsweather.com/

I use this. Got to the hurricane page and it gives you a great view of the current and future systems brewing. The water temp map is my favorite. When I see a solid red line of water straight across from Africa I know that there is a possibility of a hurricane will be greater.
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onlymedication
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:07 pm    

Calypso Me wrote:
http://www.mawsweather.com/

I use this. Got to the hurricane page and it gives you a great view of the current and future systems brewing. The water temp map is my favorite. When I see a solid red line of water straight across from Africa I know that there is a possibility of a hurricane will be greater.


Very cool site, thank you! Great radar/satelite views and the water temps map will be interesting to watch over the course of the summer and fall.

Anything with a regularly updated localized forecast for the carribean? I'm thinking in particular a site with a good level of accuracy with hourly wind speed and direction (wave height and direction would be nice too)? Seems like mawsweather.com will be great for keeping an eye on the big picture and knowing when you might be needing to stay close to port. I'm also looking for something that can help decide whether today or tomorrow would be better for the trip to Anegada or fishing the banks between Anegada and JVD or trolling the SE side of VG. Basically, a 5 minute read to help decide where you want to go and whether you'll be beating or reaching, will conditions be stable or changing and will there be decent snorkeling when you get there?

How much do others spend thinking about weather? Last time down (our first as adults, was our honeymoon), just me and my wife and we'd just listen to the weather radio for a couple minutes 2-3 times a day, along with keeping an eye to the weather horizon, to make sure nothing snuck up on us, but we both have good sea legs. Planning a trip in December with a bunch of newbie sailors aboard and just want to make sure I have the tools I need for some creative planning in case some of them are looking a bit green. Am I overthinking the ilons?
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Capndar
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:40 pm    

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

also a good one
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sail2wind
Link to this postPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:47 pm    

wind guru has a very app as well
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Twanger
Link to this postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:26 pm    

I just compiled a list for the weather section on TTOL because it hadn't had an update in 6 years!
Here it is.


Wind Guru is nice...

http://www.windguru.cz/int/index.php?sc=186916&sty=m_spot


Lee Chesneau's site has good surface maps...

http://www.marineweatherbylee.com/


Mid-Atlantic Weather station with tons of cool links...

http://www.mawsweather.com/


Tons of cool graphics on these...

http://spaghettimodels.com/

http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/


Multi-day wx for BVI...

http://forums.bvipirate.com/weather.php


Current Caribbean & western Atlantic satellite image...

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/tatl/vis-l.jpg


No-nonsense text-only link for USVI WX low-bw connection

http://weather.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/fmtbltn.pl?file=forecasts/marine/coastal/am/amz715.txt
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Capndar
Link to this postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:37 pm    

That is great. We were there last week. Wettest vacation I have ever had.

Rained 5 of 7 days (and it was inches of rain every day, not a little shower)
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walker
Link to this postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:25 pm    

Thanks for the WX links - no such thing as too many of them.

This is the wettest October and November on Anegada that I have seen for quite some time. This comes after an extremely dry spring and summer. Our pumpkin vines are looking really good now!
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Capndar
Link to this postPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 6:26 pm    

I can attest!!!!
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