SoPac Weather Forecasts:
Weatherfax: The NZ MetService broadcasts weatherfaxes over five single-sideband radio
frequencies: 3247.4, 5807, 9459, 13550.5, and 16340.1 kHz. The Tasman-New Zealand and the Southwest Pacific mean sea-level analysis charts
are updated every six hours. The Southwest Pacific prognosis charts
looking ahead 30, 48 and 72 hours are updated twice a day. The transmission
schedule is broadcast between 11:00 and 11:45, sequentially at 15-minute intervals on the above frequencies. The schedule and faxes are also available on the MetService website. Satellite images
are on the website as well.
Voice broadcasts: The High Seas Forecast
is a human-voice broadcast that is updated twice a day and transmitted as follows: at 0903 and 2103 UTC on 6224 and 12356, and half an hour later at 0933 and 2133 UTC on 8297 and 16531. In addition, warnings are issued at 0303 and 0333 UTC and at 1503 and 1533 UTC on the above frequencies. The forecasts are divided into three areas:
A. The Pacific, from 170 degrees west to 120 degrees west between 25 degrees south and 55 degrees south.
B. The Subtropics, from 150 degrees east to 170 degrees west between 25 degrees south and 40 degrees south.
C. The Forties, from 150 degrees east to 170 degrees west between 40 degrees south and 55 degrees south.
New Zealand coastal-area forecasts are broadcast on VHF
and on 2207, 4146 and 6224 at 0533, 1333 and 1733 NZ Standard Time and on VHF
only at 0733 and 2133 NZST. The country is divided into 17 marine
areas and each is covered in the forecast.
In addition, local forecasts are broadcast in some areas on VHF radio
. In Auckland
, continuous weather information is transmitted on VHF channel 21.
Weathergram: NZ MetService Weather Ambassador Bob McDavitt writes an informal weekly weathergram, specifically for voyagers, defining the major features driving weather in the Southwest Pacific. It is distributed via email
. Subscribe on the Web through Yotreps at http://www.pangolin.co.nz/yotreps/index.asp,
or directly from McDavitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
As posted on NoonSite:
From: Bob McDavitt, Weather Ambassador email@example.com
The main area I watch is from French Polynesia
to the Australian East coast
(but I can do Galapagos
if you ask). I do not offer routing information (waypoints and so forth) but I do offer Weathergrams and 5-day forecasts --
Weathergrams: I occasionally (usually on a Sunday) send my weather ideas for sailing around the South Pacific as email
messages which I call weathergrams. Use these to plan when to start your voyages. You can log yourself on (and off) these (and/or yacht reports) from http://www.pangolin.co.nz/yotreps/list_manager.php
Bob McDavitt's most recent weathergram is at http://www.pangolin.co.nz/yotreps/po...Bob%20McDavitt
To receive a weathergram report by return email send an email, with a blank header and the word "weathergram" (without quotes) in the text body to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Alternatively, send an email to that address with the word "help" (no quotes) in the body for information on all available email services.The weathergram list is free.
MetService High Seas Forecasts are sent in English
by ZLM on HF 6224 and 12356 at 0303Z, 0903Z, 1503Z and 2103Z and on 8297 and 16531 30 minutes later. Full details are in the Nautical Almanac or at http://www.hydro.linz.govt.nz/msi/me...broadcasts.pdf
MetService maps are sent by Radio Fax on ZKLF on SSB 3247.4, 5807, 9459, 13550.5 or 16340.1, Sked sent between 2300 and 2359Z and is at http://www.metservice.co.nz/services...x_schedule.asp
All the above is free in the public domain.
Other weather forecast information by email : From www.buoyweather.com
for $10 you can get 100 messages, triggered by your own email, each giving a voyage forecast. Then there is email@example.com
- send an email with the word HELP in the message and it will auto reply all its services. Sailmail and seamail also offer various weather packages.
Voyage forecasts (and weather watch/updates): When I'm available I can send you a weather forecast covering the next 5-days, by email or by fax (if sent by fax you get the weather maps). Forecast includes target pressures (my speciality). Cost is $NZ50 per forecast + any communication expenses, and $10 per 5 minutes for any extra weather updates. Let me know your Boat type and name and likely depature date, speed and destination
(and credit card info) a few days before you intend to sail. You can split the credit card details over two emails or phone/fax to: Bob McDavitt, MetService Weather Ambassador, PO Box 68429, Newton, Auckland
, New Zealand, firstname.lastname@example.org Phone
(+64 9) 377 4831 Fax (+64 9) 3075993
The Webfetch feature of sat phone
email provider UUPlus does enable one to download the NZ Pacific weather fax charts over email. It takes about 1 minute, 20 seconds for a 15 kb chart; a cost of US$2.00 with Iridium
, but very good quality of image.