Have you ever fooled around the AirMail program and found this “module” under, surprise surprise, the MODULES tab? I have been getting a lot of inspiration from it, which in turn has got me thinking about ways to change around the Southbound Evening Net.
Or maybe it was the other way around: I was looking for inspiration on how to change how we do things and then found, or rather, rediscovered the YOTREPS thingy.
It is love at second sight.
NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center has just announced changes to the forecast zones that stretch along the US Pacific coastline from British Columbia – Washington border south to part of the outside of Baja California. Essentially the forecasters have split up zones into smaller, presumably more accurate areas. Prior to the changes, there were five zones along the “lower 48” west coast; now there are 19 zones.
In a series of conversations with NOAA forecasters, we’ve received incredibly detailed answers to our questions about their new project, the East Pacific Offshore Forecast (EPAC).
We’ve organized the conversations in a kind of Q & A format, which you can find here. It’ll help you understand the “architecture” of the project – and your place as a participant in it.
Sadly, there are not a lot of resources explaining precisely how to use it. Some of what I have found on the net are below.
Some I have had to discover myself.
Anyone who has spent more than a couple of months sailing along the Pacific Coast of the Americas (aka the East Pacific) knows that figuring out what the weather is doing can be a complex and time-consuming affair. We have some terrific volunteer weather “helpers” who spend hours each day going through satellite imagery and downloading charts and GRIBs and perhaps even consulting privately with the weather gods.
But it never seems to be enough.