We teach meteorology on most of our practical and theory courses so with a windy week forecast we thought we would share some of our favorite weather websites with you. Every good skipper should be checking the weather forecast before setting to sea and the Internet and Apps give you up to the minute weather in the palm of your hand – a far cry from the old days!! Here are some of our favourite weather websites and apps that you may want to try – but most of go please ensure that you go boating within your limits and stay safe. Click on the links for more.
https://www.windyty.com – WindyTy.Com is one of our newest and favourite weather sites offering many differnet views including wind, pressure, waves, rain – and the picture is animated giving you a great idea of the current weather and being able to forecast out to 12 days. You can zoom in and click on your location to get a more detailed forecast or you can change the altitude and select anywhere up to 13.5km high! It’s easy to change the scales into Beaufort, kts, m. km in the settings and you can even search for your exact location. A revolution in weather forecasting!
http://www.xcweather.co.uk/ – XCWeather.co.uk offers a great idea of the wind strength across the whole of the UK with addiiotnal views to chow temp, visibility and pressure. You can select your location for a detailed observation and forecast.
http://passageweather.com/ – Passage Weather offers a global, accurate and reliable forecast than can be zoomed into the British Isles with mini animations for Surface Wind, Pressure and Wave height for 8 days.
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/marine-inshore-waters Inshore Waters Forecast. The Met Office provides an incredible array of weather forecasting tools on their website from Marine weather such as the inshore waters or Shipping forecast to Long range forecast, mountain weather and of course the surface pressure charts. Their Learning area offers a wealth of information on how weather forecasts are created, how to interpret them, how weather systems are formed, plenty of activities for schools and budding forecasters and a fabulous glossary of weather terminology. To top it all off they have their own YouTube channel with some brilliant short videos explaining everything you ever needed to know about weather! Try it you’ll be hooked!
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