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Old 27 December 2002, 19:39   #1
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I've just picked up my new 2003 almanac today, from that excellent bookshop "Sea Chest" in Plymouth.
Then this afternoon I noticed from looking at the BBC's web site that Saturday's weather looks brighter than average... So I decided to get a more detailed forecast from Marinecall - their little card and stickers having arrived in the envelope with the new almanac.

But - none of the numbers work! - yes, they're all WRONG

So I gave their helpline a ring (premium rate as well ) - well, I hadn't much choice as their web site is no use whatsoever

And the correct numbers are:
Solent - 09068 500 457 (aka "central channel")
S-West - 09068 500 458

You should now be able to interpolate/extrapolate from the incorrect numbers and these correct numbers!

So, nice thought Marinecall, those cards and stickers are lovely, but useless. Any chance of getting them right for next year
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Old 28 December 2002, 01:51   #2
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Pepper, I have never been able to get my head round Marine Call. In the early days, when the web was not yet born, being able to get the weather forecast on a fax seemed a good idea. But it was just too expensive for me to use on a regular basis.

Nowadays it has been bypassed. Everything is available, free of charge, on the web. There's been a pile of weather stuff on this Forum and I shoved in my fourpence worth when I first started exploring this site.

To keep it simple for us coastal waters crowd now, all you need are two sites:

The first is the Met Office Inshore Waters forecaste. That is updated at least twice a day - at 0500 and 1700 and gives me what I need for my area for days 1 and 2.

www.meto.govt.uk/datafiles/inshore.html

The second is the European Centre for Medium range forecasting. That gives the North Atlantic as it effects the UK for days 3 to 7. One of the recently introduced and really usefull additions to the weather maps on the site is colouring for wind speeds at surface level.

You now need to know very little about interpreting pressure charts other than to know that (in the Northern Hemisphere) wind circulates round an area of low pressure anti-clockwise and round a high pressure zone, clockwise. As all the pressure contours have a little H or L in the middle it's easy to work out in which direction the wind will be blowing and how strong it will be where you want to be out ribbing. Dead easy.

http://www.ecmwf.int/products/foreca...msl_uv850_z500

Bookmark these two sites and save s. Mind you, you'll do that anyway if you can't get through to Marine Call!
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Mike,

Thanks for those sites, brilliant for what I need, and free

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Superb info, Mike - TVM.

Quite interesting that the words on the Met Office site are exactly what I heard over the 'phone at 65p/min last night

Mind you, marinecall will still have it's use for when I can't get to the web.

(Keith Hart had another free weather resource but I've searched and can't find it!)
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Also usefull

to look at combined with the pressure charts is the rainfall radar

http://www.metoffice.com/weather/europe/uk/radar/

there are also some good windsurfing sites with webcams, wind info & sea conditions

go to www.google.com

and type in weather uk, brings up loads of usefull links
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