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
The best link for northwest coastal marine forecasts including the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound.

NOAA National Weather Service - Ocean Prediction Center
Synoptic charts, surface flow prediction.

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

Deep Zoom Tides and Currents
Animated map of tides and currents in Puget Sound and the San Juan Islands

NOAA Booklet Charts
NOAA Charts as downloadable PDFs.

Washington State Ferry System Real-time Wind Reports

Whatcom Association of Kayak Enthusiasts - Tidal Planning Tool
Interactive map with tide & current data for the Whatcom County area.

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station Weather & Wind Reports
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
Observations and data at marine buoys.

NOAA National Weather Service
US National weather warnings and forecast.

Tidal Heights in Seattle, Washington
Great site for tides and currents data for the San Juan Islands, Deception Pass, and Puget Sound.

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

NOAA Wavewatch III wave model page
This is NOAA's wave forecasting site with great graphs of pacific swell conditions.

Shoreline Aerial Photos
Arial photos of the Washington Coast.


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