NO PRUDENT MARINER WILL EVER BASE THEIR DECISIONS ON A SINGLE SOURCE OF
DATA. Like many other endeavors that carry an inherent
risk, redundancy is safety. We like the mantra that "one is none,
two is one and three provides at least one backup." Camano
Sail and Power, LLC., has neither any control over, nor any
responsibility for the quality of the content of the sites
accessed by the links below. These data are provided only as a
convenience for the viewer and should be considered only as an
approximate guide to the conditions that the user may encounter.
The prudent person going out on the water will
not rely on any one source of information when making decisions, and
should not consider that these sites are necessarily accurate or
timely. They are provided only as free public service and should
be considered only as starting point when planning a sea trip.
These sites offer some of the best data for current conditions and for predictions of coming weather.
CURRENT CONDITIONS (with a scattering of predictive data)
NOAA/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
These government meteorologists provide all of the basic data that are
used by the various TV station meteorologists to craft what they show
to you when you turn on your favorite TV weather station.
NANOOS (Northwest Association of Networked Ocean
Observing Systems) This
is an excellent site for the Pacific Northwest/Salish Sea showing all
of the regional ocean observing instrument locations of IOOS
(Integrated Ocean Observing System), an integrated network of regional
systems. By zooming in and navigating around, you can find
information such as current wind strength and direction, wave height
and period, and even some water chemistry. Not all locations
record the same data because this is a collection of instruments
deployed by a great number of governmental and research organizations
who all have different objectives. Hence, not all sites are
created equal. For example, some sites allow you to go back and
retrieve historical data in case you are curious about what the weather
is typically like around that instrument package.
NATIONAL DATA BUOY CENTER
(NDBC) This site is worldwide coverage of ocean instrument sites, covering the
Atlantic and Pacific oceans and a few sites in southeast Asia and the
BIS (Boater Info Site) of the U. of Washington and the Dept of Applied Physics. Very interactive.
This site is considered "experimental" and the three-day
projections of winds and temperatures should be considered with a
healthy dose of salt. We use this site but only in conjunction
with other data such as the NOAA/Nat. Weath. Service
guesstimates. Tides and currents are fairly established and so
those data are considered reliable.
SEATTLE TIMES WEATHER PROJECTIONS The local newspaper's interpretation of the NOAA/NWS data.
WEATHER UNDERGROUND This
link takes you to the master map for this site. This site is the
brainchild of a professor of meteorology at the U. of Michigan.
Each weather station you access is a private weather station, usually
at someone's home. That someone agrees to link their weather
station to the internet through their computer. Very cool.
As you will see, there are hundreds of participants in the PNW alone,
and dozens on Camano Island.
The following are just a few of the stations that we
use at Camano Sail and Power to get a sense of what is happening RIGHT
NOW, REAL TIME. You can also manipulate the sites to see
INDIAN BEACH, just north of Cama Beach State Park.
BABY ISLAND, on the Whidbey Is. side of Saratoga Passage across from Camano Island State Park.
CAMANO HEAD, Saratoga Passage side of the near-southern tip of the island.
LIVINGSTON BAY, north end of Port Susan
LAND'S HILL, northeast end of island
on the west side of Whidbey Island. Provides a snapshot of what
the waters of Admiralty Inlet may be up to. Almost always higher
wind speeds and gusts than Saratoga Passage. For example, today
it has been 15-25 steady, gusting to 25-30 on Saratoga Passage
off Indian Beach; same time frame at Freeland on the west side of
Whidbey, steady 20-30, gusting to 30-40+.
Another weather forecast site that can be useful. This link is
the "home" site that you can use to navigate around places in the U.S.
where you might have an interest. Put the "hand" cursor over the
area of interest and click. Each click zooms in a little closer,
with increasing detail.
The following are examples of the kind of
information available on this site. You can select just a couple
of days, a week or even (if your are really bold) a month.
And yet another site that uses the NOAA data and presents
it a bit differently from all of the others. Most of the sites
that you call up are the same weather buoys and stations used in
the NANOOS and NDBC sites, just a different data
presentation. Note that you can go back for historic data, or
forward to "best guess" forecasts. This link gets you to