Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Real-Time NOAA Data Site Launched

Source: ©BoatU.S. Magazine May 2006

One stop “shopping” is now making it easier for boaters and fishermen to get real-time weather and water condition reports over the Internet from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A new version of NowCOAST.noaa.gov allows users to view real-time surface observations “on-the-map” along with the latest GOES satellite cloud imagery and National Weather Service radar images.

NowCOAST is a Web mapping portal providing mariners with real-time observations and NOAA forecasts using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology so users can overlay other NOAA forecast products to get
a detailed picture of conditions.

Developed by NOAA’s National Ocean Service’s Coast Survey Development Laboratory, nowCOAST includes geo-referenced hyperlinks to river and water quality observing networks, coastal Web cams, as well as NOAA marine and weather forecasts.

Another handy Web side to aid Gulf Coast mariners
is the NOAA Coast Pilot Disaster Impact site at nauticalcharts.noaa.gov.nsd/cpgulf/cpgulf.htm. Since major Gulf of Mexico waterways were severely impacted by hurricanes Katrina and Rita this Web site was added to get important information on 21 major ports to commercial shippers, the fishing community and recreational boaters quickly. Port managers are still finding obstructions in the water and new areas of shoaling that can damage or ground passing vessels. The Web site will remain active until all impacted ports have fully recovered.

Batten down the hatches!
Time to get ready for Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sandy, Tony, Valerie and William

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Coast Guard, State News Alert, BoatU.S. News Room

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