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Old 29-03-2009, 03:35   #1
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saildocs surface analysis

can anyone tell me if it's possible to get surface analysis weathercharts via saildocs (i.e. email)? these are the type of charts that can received via fax.

if it is, can anyone give me the code for the 24hr forcast for the nth atlantic (i'm interested in the north atlantic from bermuda to uk 070W-000W, 55N-30N) ?

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Old 29-03-2009, 05:52   #2
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NWS FTP E-mail service:
http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/fax/ftpmail.txt

This National Weather Service (NWS) FTPMAIL server is intended to allow Internet access for users who do not have direct access to the World Wide Web but who are equipped with an e-mail system. The service is free and no signup is required. Using FTPMAIL, users can request files from NWS and have them automatically e-mailed back to them.

The Ocean Prediction Center of the US National Weather Service provides the Atlantic Analysis at:
Ocean Prediction Center

NWS Marine Forecasts and Products:
National Weather Service Marine Forecasts
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Old 29-03-2009, 05:57   #3
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NOAA's PPAE10 goes out to 40E. The master list is here. Here's another link from NOAA that talks about downloading their products through Saildocs http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/fax/robots.txt
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It is possible. To get the file code you want, first

Email: query@saildocs.com
Subject: anything

send Index of /pub/fax[FILENAME]

For the FILENAME you can choose the following (all lower case!)
rfaxtif.txt (TIFF viewing suggestions)
rfaxatl.txt (Atlantic radiofax file directory)
rfaxpac.txt (Pacific radiofax file directory)
rfaxmex.txt (Gulf of Mexico and Trop Atl radiofax file dir)
rfaxak.txt (Alaska radiofax and ice file directory)
rfaxhi.txt (Hawaii radiofax file directory)
otherfax.txt (Foreign charts file directory)
marine1.txt (Highseas,Offshore,Open Lakes,NAVTEX text file dir)
marine2.txt (Hurricane text file directory)
marine3.txt (Coastal forecasts text file directory)
marine4.txt (Offshore forecasts by zone directory)
marine5.txt (Atlantic coastal forecasts by zone directory)
marine6.txt (Pacific coastal forecasts by zone directory)
marine7.txt (Gulf of Mexico coastal forecasts by zone dir)
marine8.txt (Great Lakes coastal forecasts by zone directory)
marine9.txt (Alaska coastal forecasts by zone directory)
marine10.txt (Hawaii&Trust coastal forecasts by zone directory)
uk.txt (UK marine forecasts from Bracknell directory)
canada.txt (Canadian marine text forecast directory)
buoydata.txt (Buoy and C-MAN data directory)
robots.txt (Marine forecasts via e-mail systems)

Once you have the file code,
Send an email to:

query@saildocs.com
subject: anything

then in the body you use:

send Index of /pub/fax[file code]

I use the Windows Picture and Fax viewer to open the .tif files.
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Old 29-03-2009, 06:55   #5
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thanks, got the download via ftp

don: tried it out but got back: "
There are no files available in Library\of/pub/fax at this time."

i was looking for the Atlantic radiofax file directory (rfaxatl.txt)

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Bob,

You can request GRIB files for any area you like (see below), however they are simply graphical representations of global model forecasts without expert interpretation. Helpful, though, in connection with other forecast sources.

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To request a grib file which covers 20N-60N and 120W to 160W, on a 2-degree grid for valid times of 24 to 72 hours, containing surface pressure and wind, send the following email:
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To: query@saildocs.com
Subject: anything

send gfs:40N,60N,140W,120W

Note that this is identical to:
send gfs:40N,60N,140W,120W|2,2|24,48,72|PRESS,WIND

IMPORTANT: Do not insert any extra spaces, Saildocs uses spaces to delimit parameters.
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thanks - got it figured
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If you get the wfax files through Saildocs, the filesize is compressed by about 50% from the original NOAA files. The resolution isn't quite as good, but they are still very usable -- and probably still look better than if you had received them off the air.

Here is the NOAA catalog: Index of /pub/fax

This is their list of files for the Atlantic: http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/fax/rfaxatl.txt

Once you figure out which files you want, you can get them through Saildocs. If I want to see the PYBA01.TIF (Pacific Surface Analysis), I send email to:

[to:] query@saildocs.com
[subject:] doesn't matter
[message body:] send PYBA01.TIF

The file I get is about 16 kBytes, while the NOAA version is about 32 kBytes
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Re: saildocs surface analysis

This is an older thread, but had a question.

I am trying to get some Radiofax images via Saildocs.

The example shown on this thread:

send PYBA01.TIF

Works fine. And, as Paul stated, it comes down at about 50% of the size from the NOAA site which is nice.

I am trying to get another file though, and it never works.

send PKFA10.TIF

Are not all the files available via Saildocs?

If I use:

send http://weather.noaa.gov/pub/fax/PKFA10.TIF

I do get the image back, but the same size as the NOAA site so there is no compression from Saildocs which would be helpful.

Anyone know anymore about this?

Thanks!
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