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NOAA's new westcoast WX zones

NOAA’s new westcoast WX zones

Southbound Evening Net is undergoing a make-over and we’d like to hear from you.

With news from the National Hurricane Center at NOAA that the East Pacific Offshore Forecast (EPOFF) is getting more development effort, it now becomes more a focus for the evening transmission. We’re reading the forecast nightly on 8122 kHz at 0200 UTC and asking cruisers to compare what kind of weather they are experiencing against what the EPOFF forecast predicted.

Above is a preliminary graphic of the proposed zones which the development team at NHC has released to us.  As you can see (and if you double-click it you’ll be taken to a larger image) the zones are a bit different from those regular and transient cruisers have been used to .

Here are the full details of each zone:

 

SAILDOCS  OFFPZ7 Sort of corresponds to Think of as:
MEXICO BORDER S TO 29N WITHIN 60 NM OF SHORE First 2 zones =
Northern 1/3 Outside Baja
San Diego to Pta. Eugenia
MEXICO S OF 29N TO PUNTA EUGENIA
PUNTA EUGENIA TO CABO SAN LAZARO Central 1/3 Outside Baja Pta. Eugenia to Mag Bay
CABO SAN LAZARO TO CABO SAN LUCAS Southern 1/3 Outside Baja Mag Bay to Cabo Falso
NORTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA Northern Sea of Cortez Top of Sea to Sta. Rosalia
CENTRAL GULF OF CALIFORNIA Central Sea of Cortez Santa Rosalia to Agua Verde
SOUTHERN GULF OF CALIFORNIA Southern Sea of Cortez Agua Verde to Cabo San Lucas
ENTRANCE TO THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA
INCLUDING CABO CORRIENTES
Southern Crossing + Cabo Corrientes + Barra de Navidad + part of Mexican Riviera Big huge area Cabo San Lucas east to Mainland & south to Barra
MICHOACHAN AND GUERRERO South of Mexican Riviera Barra to Acapulco
OAXACA AND CHIAPAS INCLUDING
THE GULF OF TEHUANTEPEC-
Acapulco to Tehuantepec
SAILDOCS OFFPZ8
GUATEMALA AND EL SALVADOR
EL SALVADOR TO NORTH COSTA RICA INCLUDING
THE GULFS OF FONSECA AND PAPAGAYO
NORTH COSTA RICA TO WEST PANAMA
EAST PANAMA AND COLOMBIA INCLUDING
GULF OF PANAMA
ECUADOR INCLUDING GULF OF GUAYAQUIL
ECUADOR BETWEEN 250 AND 500 NM OFFSHORE
OFFSHORE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

 

 

 

 

 

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