NOAA to launch new forecast service for coastal Eastern Pacific – Feb 4, 2014
The Southbound Evening Net has been in contact with NOAA for several weeks now to see if cruisers in this area of the world can access more detailed coastal forecasts than have been available up til now. And the news is quite promising.
Starting (hopefully) and the end of February, 2014, the federal agency will be launching a trial period of a new forecasting service that covers the East Pacific coastline from San Diego to Ecuador.
NOAA’s new proposed Offshore Waters Forecast will provide a detailed 5 day forecast.
“We plan on going from near the coast out to 250 NM from the Mexico/California border all the way to Ecuador (including 2 zones in the Sea of Cortez/Gulf of California), broken up in to about a dozen or so “zones” total based on climatology, political boundaries, jump points, etc.”
“The 5 day forecast will be broken down in to 12 hour forecast periods for the first 60 hours, then in to 24 hour forecast periods for Days 3-5. At a minimum we will provide A range of Winds (e.g. NW to N Winds 10 to 15 KT) and Seas (e.g. Seas 3 to 5 FT building to 4 to 6 FT late), and weather conditions (e.g. Scattered Showers and Isolated Thunderstorms). There are plans to provide more detailed wave information (swell directions, wave periods, etc.).”
If you are interested in participating in the trial, please fill out the contact form below. NOAA wants to receive feedback during the trial period in order to fine tune the zones and make it useful to mariners.