FAQ’s from the National Weather
Includes answers to the following question:
Frequently Asked Questions About NOAA/NWS Marine
Products and Services
1. Where can I find a marine forecast
on the Internet
Go the National Weather Service's Marine Forecasts webpage. This page also provides links to Marine Forecast
Offices and Centers which provide links to their products, as well as additional regionally focused information such as buoy observations and tide predictions.
The Marine Forecasts - Products Via Internet
webpage provides details on where to find marine related weather products, publications and information on the Internet. This webpage also provides links to Foreign Meteorological Services and Computer Generated Model Guidance which includes data which is outside the area of U.S. marine forecast responsibility.
2. How can I get a marine forecast or buoy observation over the phone
Most National Weather Service
offices keep an updated recording of the forecasts they produce and can be accessed by phone
. To find the phone number of the office near you, check your telephone directory under "United States Government
, Commerce Department, National Weather Service
." A listing of Weather Service Offices with marine recordings is also available. Current
buoy and C-MAN observations may also be obtained by phone via NDBC's "Dial-A-Buoy"service.
3. How can I get a marine forecast or buoy observation via E-mail?
To get started in using the NWS FTPMAIL service, follow these simple directions to obtain the FTPMAIL "help" file, or see: http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/fax/ftpmail.txt.
Send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject line: Put anything you like
A webpage describing several different e-mail "robots" similar in concept
to FTPMAIL, including some with advanced features such as allowing retrieval of NWS marine GRIB files, simple webpages, and allowing products to be retrieved on a scheduled, recurring basis may be found at: http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/fax/robots.txt
4. Where can I get information on current
marine weather conditions and the tide?
Listen to NOAA Weather Radio
, see the webpage of your local Weather Forecast Office, or the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). Current buoy and C-MAN observations may also be obtained by phone via NDBC's "Dial-A-Buoy" service.
Tide predictions, current predictions, and Real-Time water
level measurements are available from the National Ocean Service's CO-OPS webpage
11. How can I access the Internet or exchange E-mail while at sea?
The Marine Forecasts - Products Via Internet webpage provides information on how mariners may access the Internet and exchange E-mail via radio
, cellular, and satellite
... and much more
PS: Watch for “Good Old Boat” magazine’s article on “How to Read a Surface Weather Map” in their November 2005 issue (about a year from now)