For coastal sailing, we use the ACTUAL hourly wind
reports at specific locations provided by NOAA. Generally, we find their PREDICTED wind
and wave forecasts to be inaccurate. Then we look at a radar
app-- "Raindar" which shows weather systems with vectors for direction and speed. Finally, we listen to local media weather reports to confirm the "general" weather conditions. Coastal sailing is not as complicated as passagemaking since you normally plan for alternate harbors in unpredicted weather and do not have to commit to open water
for long periods of time. As a final remark, look to the sky and the direction of the wind since the clouds are an indicator of future weather. Good luck and good sailing.