weather website

Hi everybody,

Mark Gearhart here, aboard Godspeed #108. We just
made a really great trip from the Chesapeake Bay
to Houston Texas, where we will stop for a little
while. There are now 2 BCC’s at the Kemah Harbor
Marina, and I must say, the people here are starting
to wonder if the BCC is more common than once thought.

For anyone interested, we found a pretty good
weather site, which gives a 10 day forecast similar
to the DMA pilot charts (visuals, with wind roses).
The forecast proved correct all the way from Virginia:

http://www1.nlmoc.navy.mil:83/wxmap/web/

Also, we have lots of camcorder footage which we
are planning to make into a short movie. If you’d
like to see a BCC under sail, including a night
anchored in a creek while Hurricane Irene goes past,
let me know and I’ll try to send you a copy by
Christmas, I hope. Please email me directly at
MRGEARH@yahoo.com .

Mark Gearhart
S/V Godspeed #108

Hi!

The website that Mark kindly recommended put up a fight when I tried to access
it (meaning: I didn’t get access!).

For voyage planning, I use and recommend the USA Navy’s FNMOC Numerical
Weather Prediction website (which may be quite similar to the site Mark
recommended). I found that it took a couple of visits to FNMOC before I learnt
the most efficient use of the website and its weather maps. It’s not perfect -
no weather predictions can be - but it has given me better advance warning of
tropical storms than the Philippine government weather forecasters, for
example. I especially use the FNMOC NWP website for watching the NE trades
across the N Pacific, cyclogenesis in the W N Pacific and the development of
the NE/NW monsoons and the SW monsoons. The fine detail can miss the mark, but
the general picture is fairly close to it.

I recommend the surface streamline & wave height maps and the wind strength
maps as planning aids.

The URL is:

http://metoc-u1.fnmoc.navy.mil/wxmap/web/

From: mark gearhart

For anyone interested, we found a pretty good
weather site, which gives a 10 day forecast similar
to the DMA pilot charts (visuals, with wind roses).
The forecast proved correct all the way from Virginia:

http://www1.nlmoc.navy.mil:83/wxmap/web/

Cheers

Bil (BCC116)

Bil Hansen
E-mail: w_hansen@mozcom.com
Post: PO Box 2978 MCPO, 1269 Makati MM, Philippines
Web: http://www2.mozcom.com/~w_hansen/

Mark,
Several months ago, you had a pretty neat site in which you chronicled some
of your adventures aboard GODSPEED. I recently tried to access that site, but
was unable to do so. I f that site site has changed, please respond. I
thoroughly enjoyed reading about them.
Bruce Walters (Herk1@aol.com )
P.S. Just returned from St. Augustine, FL, visiting the in-laws over
Thanksgiving< where I saw the BCC “ALO” (I think), from Houston TX. And of
all the vessels docked between Ft. Mantanzas and the Bridge of Lions, the
Bristol Channel Cutter was by far the prettiest, as you well know.
Thanks again.