"Live" Buoy data maps- UPGRADE

milfordmawx

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Due to many requests the buoy data maps have been updated with controls. Now there are buttons to "Run" "Pause" and "Step" thru the data on the maps making it much easier to see the data you’re looking for. There are now also maps covering the entire US coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Great Lakes, Gulf, Caribbean and even some of Europe. All can be accessed from the here: www.pdfamily.com/weather/buoy.php with 2 pages specific to Alaska:
Statewide:
http://www.pdfamily.com/weather/buoy/AKbuoy.php and the Anchorage area http://www.pdfamily.com/weather/buoy/AKIbuoy.php
 

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PWS buoys

PWS buoys

Is there a way to view the PWS buoys?
 

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Prince William Sound (PWS). I just now found it in the last of your three links. The area only shows up as a shaded box on the first link. Good information.
 

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Bouy Data

Bouy Data

Bouy data is one of the things you need to check before venturing out. For instance right now if I looked at Potato Point, the winds are from the NNE. That means to me, that by the time I got out to Rocky Point near Tatitlik, On a day like today, I am not coming back up the arm. Might expect 7-10 waves.

Likewise, if I wanted to go to Fairmount Island, and the winds are NNW, that means the ice from Columbia glacier is probably going to be thick on the inside passage between land.

There is also a web cam for Potato Point: http://akweathercams.faa.gov/viewsite.php
I do a visual too. The same website has other camers from around the state.

You can never have too much information out there.
 

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Can these links be permanently posted?

Can these links be permanently posted?

Like Dave said, one can not have too much weather information. The aviation sites can give you a good regional picture which is helpful for long range planing. A good one is http://adds.aviationweather.noaa.gov/ for satellite and radar information. It is not Alaska specific so you can look at what's happening down south too. For Canada data use http://www.flightplanning.navcanada.ca/ These links are for aviators more than for mariners but you can look at what's happening off the coast to make your marine forecast.

Thanks for posting the links to the buoy data.
 

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Maybe you could ask a moderator to sticky them somewhere, and I assure you that they are going to be there for the foreseable future. They are too valuable of a resource to not keep.
 

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