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Old 01-11-2019, 10:10 AM
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What site do you guys find to be the most accurate? Several times I have stayed home only to find out it was much calmer than the website said .
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:33 AM
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:38 AM
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You need to learn to interpret multiple sources. Understand how wind direction impacts the seas in your boating area on shore vs offshore as well as with or against the tide. Verify that the forecast matches current conditions, and keep checking before the trip to confirm...Most importantly, be prepared to turn around when its not as you expected.


Pick your nearest buoy from here:
https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

there will be a link to "National Weather Service Marine Forecast" for that buoy, then read for nearshore and offshore depending on where you intend to fish. There are other resources such as Buoyweather | Accurate Marine Weather Forecasts and windfinder app for your phone. All in all there will be days when one site doesnt agree with the other, you decide if its worth the effort to go or not. Just be prepared to put the boat back on the trailer on those marginal days.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:42 AM
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I use a combination of PredictWind, Buoyweather and inlet cameras. In my experience Buoyweather tends to be better for actual short term conditions and PW better for 3-5 day estimates. There is a 3rd app called Windy which has similar data, but is laid out nicely with tides/wind/wave/weather. It also has a social component where people can chat or file a report for a specific location.
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Old 01-11-2019, 10:42 AM
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I like looking at the national weather service marine forecast. You can select from different zones and even listen to it on most VHF radios. Bouyweather is also good but requires a subscription fee for anything further than two days out.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:13 PM
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Surfers rely on accurate wave and weather data. Personally I have a buddy who's a die hard surfer and he uses multiple sources to predict patterns. That said, he warns me that in FL forecasting weather is unpredictable.

Wave period is crucial for fishing offshore. There can be a primary, secondary wave patter which can make boating messy.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:44 PM
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I have windy, windfinder, MyRadar, dark sky, and the weather channel apps in my phone. Some combination of these gives me a relatively clear picture. MyRadar and dark sky are excellent in the short term. The others Better for history and prediction.
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Old 01-11-2019, 12:51 PM
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Have had good success leveraging windfinder super forecast tab when staying near shore. Anything offshore rely on radar or XM weather.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:19 PM
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Windy.com with the European model is what I’ve found to be more accurate
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:27 AM
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On the Windy.com Mobile app I cant find where to change the metric measurements? Or the LogIn ? I logged in and created an account online and changed measurement settings.
Any help would be appreciated-thank you in advance.
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:50 AM
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I’m in Stuart Florida
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:16 AM
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I'm in South Florida and use the following:

Windfinder - ocean conditions
Weather Underground - radar conditions
National Weather Service - forecasts for weather conditions
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:58 AM
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National Weather Service for the big picture. I find its Marine Forecasts to be incredibly INACCURATE nationwide, and oftentimes dangerously unreliable. For offshore weather, really nothing is very reliable out more than a day or two, except if a big storm is brewing, you'll know that in advance. I find the best tool to be the weather buoy data. For instance, if I'm going to go offshore Miami, I just check out the story at Fowey Rocks (not a buoy so no wave heights) and I know all I need to know -- wind speed and direction. From that I know pretty much the conditions. Up in the NE, the Texas Tower weather buoy is awesome when working. It's about 70 miles offshore, 10-15 miles before the canyons. So before you spend $1000 in fuel, you have real time knowledge of wave height, water temp, wind speed, direction, etc. My son loves Windfinder. He thinks its real accurate. Buoyweather is certainly much more accurate IMHO than the NWS forecasts for specific locations. But always expect conditions to differ from the forecast or to change once you're offshore. I've been heading out to the canyons in four footers only to have it turn slick calm once we've hit blue water, and I've had much worse the opposite way. Always look for a weather window and try not to time things too close to the end of the window.
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Old 01-12-2019, 10:08 AM
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I have been going out for years. I understand the current vs wind . I have turned back many times. However just the other day it said 3-5 @ 6 . Friends sent pictures of their catch water in background was 2 at best
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Old 01-12-2019, 11:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Willyt123 View Post
I have been going out for years. I understand the current vs wind . I have turned back many times. However just the other day it said 3-5 @ 6 . Friends sent pictures of their catch water in background was 2 at best
photos of sea state can often be highly deceptive, but I do agree the forecasts can often be off. No way to really know other than being out there yourself!
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Old 01-17-2019, 06:15 AM
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Windfinder, I used to love bouy weather but since the hurricane took out the Oculina bank bouy , and it hasnt been replaced I find the remaining St Augustine buoy to be of very little help. The inshore bouys dont help me as Im heading out to the stream. The national weather service is the worse. Usually its the opposite of what they say
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Originally Posted by FTLPSU View Post
On the Windy.com Mobile app I cant find where to change the metric measurements? Or the LogIn ? I logged in and created an account online and changed measurement settings.
Any help would be appreciated-thank you in advance.
I believe you need an account..... I just do the metric conversion......
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