Weather & Navigation Links

Paddling here requires a healthy respect for and a good understanding of the local weather and water (tide/current) patterns. Check out some of the sites below to learn more about how weather patterns work in this area and to get the latest condition reports and forecasts.

University of Washington Atmospheric Science - Coastal Marine Forecast

www.atmos.washington.edu/data/marine_report.html
The best link for northwest coastal marine forecasts including the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.

NOAA National Weather Service - Ocean Prediction Center

www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov
Synoptic charts, surface flow prediction.

WeatherSpark

www.weatherspark.com
WeatherSpark: beautiful weather graphs and maps making in-depth weather information easily accessible. 

Deep Zoom Tides and Currents

www.deepzoom.com/#/Views/Boat.xaml
Animated map of tides and currents in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

NOAA Booklet Charts

ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/BookletChart/PacificCoastBookletCharts.htm
NOAA Charts as downloadable PDFs.

Washington State Ferry System Real-time Wind Reports

http://i90.atmos.washington.edu/ferry/Ferryjs/mainframe1.htm

Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts - Tidal Planning Tool

www.wakekayak.org/map
Interactive map with tide & current data for the Whatcom County area.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Weather & Wind Reports

www.wrh.noaa.gov
As you would expect, these reports are in aviation weather format but the wind speed and direction is very useful, especially for nearby paddling locations such as Deception Pass.

NOAA National Data Buoy Center

www.ndbc.noaa.gov
Observations and data at marine buoys.

NOAA National Weather Service

www.weather.gov
US National weather warnings and forecast.

Tidal Heights in Seattle, Washington

www.dairiki.org
Great site for tides and currents data for the San Juan Islands, Deception Pass, and Puget Sound.

Environment Canada

www.weatheroffice.com
Environment Canada's comprehensive website is full of great weather knowledge.

NOAA Wavewatch III wave model page

polar.wwb.noaa.gov
This is NOAA's wave forecasting site with great graphs of pacific swell conditions.

Shoreline Aerial Photos

http://apps.ecy.wa.gov/shorephotos/maps/ne.htm
Arial photos of the Washington Coast.

 
 

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