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Old 08 September 2001, 13:27   #1
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I have the 'Inshore' marine forecast on my 'favourites'. However when I am up in Scotland I do not have internet access. I have looked at the mobile services page and it seems that you can get a regular update on text message OR an update at your request (which is what I would want). However I can not see anywhere on their site the number I have to dial to get the information.

Can anyone assist me please.

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Old 09 September 2001, 08:33   #2
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Hi Keith

Have a look at the following link. these are the pages that give you the phone numbers etc to receive forcasts via SMS and WAP.

They do charge you though and you do need to register before you can use the service.
Cost are on page

http://www.wincast.com/themetoffice/...aymentInfo.asp

I have never used them so dont know how good they are.
The main how to use page is.

http://www.wincast.com/themetoffice/...erviceInfo.asp

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Old 10 September 2001, 08:14   #3
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Have a look at

www.metoffice.gov.uk

the "horses mouth" if you like!

They now have quite a lot of services for mobile users - the only problem is that you have to pay for most of them!! (Prices below)

You can register for free on the web site and see what is available also if you have a WAP phone then you can get the Shipping forcast for free - thats what I use!!

To get some of the other services you have to credit your account and then either make a single request by SMS (SMS Pull) or set up regular updates via the Website (SMS Push) - not much use if you dont have web access.

Oh yes... If your going to use WAP (a useful application at last) then you need to register on the web beforehand.


Costs
Time And Place Forecast (TPF)
Time and Place forecast information
50 pence (SMS pull)
20 pence (SMS push and WAP)

Inshore Waters Forecast (IWF)
Inshore Waters forecast information
50 pence

Shipping Areas Forecast (SAF)
Shipping Areas forecast information
10 pence
(Free via WAP)

Sea Areas Gale Warnings (SAG)
Sea Areas Gale warnings information
10 pence
(Free via WAP)

Coastal Reports Actual (CRA)
Coastal Reports information
30 pence
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Old 11 September 2001, 03:18   #4
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Jools,

I took a look at the link you mentioned, but they don't provide any info for the wind. So far the only site that says just a little on this is the cnn http://europe.cnn.com/WEATHER/

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Old 11 September 2001, 04:01   #5
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What do you mean - no info for wind? - Isn't that what the shipping forecast is all about!!

Have a look at the shipping forecast
www.metoffice.gov.uk/datafiles/offshore.html

there's also a map showing all the different shipping areas (Tyne Dogger, Lundy etc)
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/leisure/shiparea.html

Your area looks like CROMARTY from the map you posted yesturday! So todays forcast is:-

CROMARTY FORTH TYNE
NORTHWEST BACKING WEST OR SOUTHWEST 4 OR 5, DECREASING 3 FOR A TIME.
OCCASIONAL RAIN. GOOD

There is also the Inshore Waters Forecast again a map shows thare areas and the forecast is given between 2 points working around the country clockwise starting from Cape Wrath
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/leisure/iswfplace.html

The inshore forecast can be found at
http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/datafiles/inshore.html

So todays forecast for your area is:-
Issued by the Met Office at 0500 UTC on Tuesday 11 September 2001.


Inshore Waters Forecast to 12 miles offshore from 0500 UTC to 1700 UTC.

From Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney.

12 hour forecast:
Wind: northwest backing west or southwest 3 or 4 .
Weather: occasional rain.
Visibility: moderate or good.
Sea State: moderate becoming slight.

Outlook for the following 24 hours:
Wind: southwest veering west 4, increasing 5 or 6 for a time.
Weather: rain then showers.
Visibility: moderate becoming good.
Sea State: slight, becoming moderate for a time.

Both of these forecasts are available by SMS (but you have to pay!)

The shipping forecast is available free via WAP
See previous post for prices

Does that help?
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Old 11 September 2001, 04:22   #6
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Good Morning

Thanks fellas. It looks like it is the Inshore Forecast that I need to get hold of whilst I am away. The Cape Wrath to Rattray Head including Orkney, for when I am going out by my house, and Ardnamurchan Point to Cape Wrath including the Outer Hebrides, for when I pop over to the West Coast.

So I guess I'll register and then use the 'pull' service to get the data I need, when I need it.

I can't rely on the Shipping Forecast as it is the inshore sea state that I am interested in. I have also made contact with a boat owner in Kylesku and a telephone call to him in the morning can give me a report on the conditions in the Kyle!

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Old 11 September 2001, 04:33   #7
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Hey, looks exciting over there (Kylesku). I hope the weater is as good as this when I get there!

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Old 11 September 2001, 04:37   #8
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Jools,

I live in Athens, Greece and I sail HERE. The links you gave me do not include Med.

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Old 11 September 2001, 06:38   #9
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Batfalcon,

Sorry

The links given are for the UK's national weather service run by the government. They produce the shipping forecast which is broadcast on Ch16 by the coastguard (I think every 4 hours and on request)

It is also broadcast on the National radio station BBC Radio 4.

Do you have a simular service in Greece?


Keith - there's another alternative, listen for the Inshore forecast on your VHF!! If you have a transportable (hand held) then you can listen to it in the house. (Your not suposed to transmit from on land - it confuses the coastguards location finding equipment!)

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Old 11 September 2001, 07:11   #10
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Jools,

In Greece we have one of the largest VHF networks, (called OLYMPIA RADIO), covering all East Med. One can be informed for the weather forecast by VHF (ch16 for call and then move to another). On the same channel exta forcasts are transmitted regarding worsening of wheater. There also are some mobile phone networks that can provide this info, but I doubt if they know what they are doing, so I wouldn't count on them. As far as the web, I haven't found any relevant site so far.

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