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    I just found a very cool weather site. It gives current conditions for rain, wind, clouds, temperature, waves, air pressure and more. It is animated and can be zoomed in or out to whatever detail you want. The map is easily scrolled to anywhere in the world. In addition to current conditions, you can move it forward by the hour, or you can move the date forward for up to 9 days. We'll see how accurate it is but it looks promising anyway.

    https://www.ventusky.com

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    Looks worthy.

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    That is a wonderful find.......thank you.

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    Awesome - I could spend hours there. Thank you.

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    Thanks for the link but it looks like a copy of windy. Windy also has an app version for smart phones

    https://www.windy.com

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    I seem to be able to get Ventusky to work better than Windy. I wish any of them had a drag able compass rose superimposed on the screen.

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    It appears to understate the winds in FL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stroganof View Post
    It appears to understate the winds in FL.
    I'm thinking they understate pretty much everything everywhere. I was out today in solid 3 & 4 footers. Their forecast...1-1 1/2 ft seas. Wind speed was way off, too.

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    IMO, all these 'gadget' weather sites can be titillating but the fact is ALL of the data they use comes from NOAA. They only put it in a format that encourages the user to buy something. Then, like Weather Underground, they will periodically make the site less useable but out of habit one continues to use it. The NOAA weather site has everything you need and it never asks you to turn off Adblock!

    You can't get anything better than this for both accuracy and economy of bandwidth:

    http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/data/raw/f...fc.cwf.aer.txt

    That is, unless you need the visual stimulation of watching pretty colored sperm shapes slowly wafting across your cell phone screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copperlake View Post
    IMO, all these 'gadget' weather sites can be titillating but the fact is ALL of the data they use comes from NOAA. They only put it in a format that encourages the user to buy something. Then, like Weather Underground, they will periodically make the site less useable but out of habit one continues to use it. The NOAA weather site has everything you need and it never asks you to turn off Adblock!

    You can't get anything better than this for both accuracy and economy of bandwidth:

    http://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov/data/raw/f...fc.cwf.aer.txt

    That is, unless you need the visual stimulation of watching pretty colored sperm shapes slowly wafting across your cell phone screen.
    I agree that the NOAA site you link to is the gold standard, but it does not appear that the Windy and Ventusky share the same data or that they are just using NOAA. Or if they are using NOAA, they are using different algorithms to extrapolate current conditions and forecasts. if you pick a known point in the PWS and switch between Windy and Ventusky they differ by as much 35% or so as to current wind and wave height. Windy had the higher readings today for the sites I was checking both in terms of wind and wave height. If anyone is out there today it would be interesting to hear what the actual conditions were midway between the closest point between Esther Island and Culross Island. Right now (530p), Windy reports 3ft waves and 18mph; Ventusky reports 11mph and 2.5ft. The Port Wells buoy is reporting 13.6 and 1.3ft. Neither site was reporting the buoy data as far as I could tell, even when I was targeting where I think the buoy is.

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    http://www.randalolson.com/2014/06/2...ting-services/

    "The further you get from the government’s original data, and the more consumers facing the forecasts, the worse this bias becomes. Forecasts “add value” by subtracting accuracy."

    For me, one of the very BEST reads about weather is on every NOAA site for a specific location under 'Forecast Discussion'. Weather Underground spruces it up by calling it 'Scientific Forecaster', but the gist is some poor cat around 5AM and then at 5PM has to issue a text about what the models are suggesting the weather will be. I love it. I'm used to the guys that go on and on (love expounding) and then the guys that obviously hate doing it! Far and away a very useful resource.

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    For my location and use (Kbay) NOAA and Windy are fairly accurate. One of my pals is a charter guy and averages 300 days fishing every year. Generally is a bit skeptical of NOAA and puts more stock in the Windy version and his personal experience of weather patterns year after year. In fact he gives a bit of credit to weather forecasts as they keep the fleet close to home base while he has far flung places to fish solo. Current wind and buoy observations are crucial and seems the forecasts are location dependent for reliability. My 2 cents for what it's worth and they're talking about getting rid of the penny anyway.
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