Saturday, September 03, 2011
Marine Weather Forecasts British Columba and Alaska
Understanding Coast Marine Forecast Areas. Once away from the internet and cell phone coverage mariners rely heavily on VHF Marine Radio continuous marine weather broadcasts. On your typical VHF marine radio you can switch to the 'WX' mode for continuous marine weather broadcasts and obtain a current conditions and forecasts.
One of the challenges of navigation in new areas is a lack of familiarity with the geographic location of the various forecast zones. The voice forecasts are rapid fire so it can be hard to easily determine which zone you are currently in and the next applicable zone.
The above images solve this problem for those heading up the Inside Passage to Alaska as well as the outside routes.
For a really nice high level overview check out this link for Alaska Weather http://www.arh.noaa.gov/