How to get NOAA forecast from SailDocs

2013 Pacific Hurricanes

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Below is a conversation with Jim Corenman, founder of SailMail Association,  who has implemented distribution of the new experimental forecasts via SailDocs.  I had asked him about what is the proper way to get the forecasts.   It’s quite simple now!  (If you need a refresher on requesting files from SailDocs,  click here.) If you have any questions about the process, use the comment form at the bottom.

Briefly:  

To request current forecast for Pacific Mexico, send an email to:     query@saildocs.com

with this in the body of the message:                                                       send OFFPZ7

For the Central America – Ecuador forecasts send this:                      send OFFPZ8

Check your mail about 5 – 10 minutes later.


Mark,

>Just to clarify: the syntax is: send OFFPZ7 – is that correct?

That depends on what you want to do. The following will reply with a copy:

OFFPZ7
or
Send OFFPZ7

(The “send” is assumed if missing, and if what follows is a valid code or a URL).

The following will automatically send a copy (if the document has changed) each day shortly after 00:00 utc (5-15 min’s after the hour):

Sub OFFPZ7
or
Subscribe OFFPZ7

The following will send a copy each day shortly after 13:00 utc:

Sub OFFPZ7 time=13:00

The following will check every hour, and send a copy whenever it changes (useful for finding out when it is updated):

Sub OFFPZ7 interval=1

The complete list of Saildocs options is available by sending a (blank) email to: info@saildocs.com

>Will you be updating the Library Index?

The Saildocs master list is updated, and requesting a Saildocs update from Airmail will update the Saildocs catalog. (Restart Airmail to update the catalog). They are under Offshore/Pacific.

The “index” files that are on Saildocs are not being maintained, and will be replaced by an auto-generated index from the master list. That’s a couple of projects down the list.

Cheers, Jim

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