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For a list of worldwide SSB Weather broadcasts see the Communications page.

General

Don't miss the NEW noonsite Weather & Routing Forum. Where fellow cruisers can assist each other with advice. It takes only a few minutes to register.

Climate Prediction Center
Latest information on El Niño can be obtained from the website of the Climate Prediction Center ENSO Diagnostic Discussion.
Current Wind Speed and Direction
Move cursor to the part of the world you want to know and then click. It will then show the actual wind spread and direction in that location. A great visual representation.
El Niño (and La Niña) Advisory
Updated once a month (2nd Thursday of each month) this gives excellent information about the current conditions, past history and future predictions. A site to watch.
Global Sailing Weather
New, free weather site and information source for sailors, mariners, and others interested in weather. Weather and ocean forecast maps. Weather analysis charts. Satellite images. Knowledge centre. The founder and lead author Dr. Antti Pessi, is a professional meteorologist and a sailing enthusiast.
MailASail
Tel:+44 (0) 20 70432832
Provides a wide range of communication services and advice on the purchase and installation of communications equipment.
NOAA
NOAA hosts a website with comprehensive information about the El Nino phenomena.
Tsunami-Warn.com
Website designed to give subscribers early warning tsunami alerts by SMS txt messages – any time of day or night.
Weather for Sailors
Useful website with information about weather, weather forecasts and how to use them. In his mid career, Frank Singleton was a senior forecaster with the UK Met Office. His final post was as Director of the Observations Division. He cruises a Hallberg Rassy 34.

Forecast Services

Ocean-Pro Weather & Routing
Naples, Florida, USA , 26 08N, 81 48W , (latitude/longitude: 26 08N, 81 48W)
Tel:+1 239-775-7435, +1 239-877-4094, Skype: “captcookusa”
Ocean-Pro Weather offers precision weather forecasting, passage timing & routing advice for yachts globally. Ocean-Pro is operated by Bob Cook, an experienced offshore sailor since 1985, (USCG Master, 100 ton, 150,000 nms), and global weather router since 2003.
Bob provides detailed and accurate long range weather forecasting and routing advice for the owners and skippers of private yachts, power and sail, globally. His comprehensive approach and guidance commences with an understanding of the vessel, crew and planned passage, and includes a pre-departure weather, timing, and routing discussion. He is familiar with historical weather patterns and cruising routes globally. He is in contact with vessels daily, logs each vessel’s position & status reports daily and monitors the location, development and movements of relevant highs, lows, fronts, storms, tropical storms, hurricanes & cyclones.
His detailed forecasts are based on multiple high resolution global & regional weather models, (GFS, ECMWF, NAMS COAMPS & WW III), high resolution, real-time satellite imagery, and weather forecasts & warnings from other international weather services. His written forecasts include a synoptic discussion, surface and upper level weather analysis and each vessel’s route, speed, projected positions and the forecast weather conditions & any warnings including fronts, lows, pressure, temperature, winds, clouds, visibility, precipitation and seas.
His routing advice can include ports & harbours, storm avoidance and detailed real-time ocean current analysis with optimal routing & waypoints. He relies on close daily communications by telephone, email, sat phone, HF SSB and/or text messages and can provide communications assistance with port authorities, marinas, USCG, SAR organizations, etc.
Ocean-Pro operates an FCC licensed, Private Marine Coast Station on the 6-18 mhz marine bands, (call-sign WQCN860).

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Hurricanes

20 tips for surviving strong winds
Having analysed several case studies from Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, Tom Partridge identifies 20 key techniques for surviving strong winds. Published by Yachting Monthly - July 2015.

Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast
Tropical Meteorology Project at the University of Colorado.

Boaters Guide to Preparing for Hurricanes
By Boat U.S

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency

Caribbean Hurricane Network
Information, weather discussions and local reports on hurricanes and tropical storms in the Caribbean, also useful bulletin boards.

Cruising in Hurricane Season
Carolyn and Dave Shearlock have pretty much always continued cruising during the hurricane season. In this article she outlines how they do it.

Haul Out for Hurricane or Leave in Slip?
Posted 26 May, 2016
An interesting discussion on Cruisers Forum relating to Puerto Rico, but comments from all over the Caribbean and US.

Hurrican Preparations and Aftermath
Carolyn Shearlock
Some excellent magazine articles including: - Hurricane Warning, Riding out a big blow at anchor - Staying Put, Ground tackle for a hurricane - Tropical Storm Tracking with Sailmail and Winlink

Hurricane Chart Work
Posted December 2015
A useful article by Ocean Navigator Magazine concerning how to track an approaching hurricane and prepare for its arrival.

Hurricane Havens Handbook for the North Atlantic
A US Navy Site

MeteoEarth: Tropical Storm Details
MeteoEarth allows users to click a button to bring up details of any tropical storm (name, location, wind, gust, overall speed, predicted path etc.). On top of this, other weather layers such as wind, precipitation and pressure can be displayed to give an overview of other co-occurring weather conditions, and the time-slider feature lets you view an animation 24 hours in advance to visualise how events will progress.

Severe Weather Information Centers
Chris Parker has a good list of links on his Marine Weather Center website.

Typhoon Havens Handbook for Western Pacific and Indian Oceans

Apps

PredictWind
Run own weather model globally and at high resolution. iOS and Android weather Apps. Free forecast.

Weather4D
Watching the weather change... winds and waves and pressure systems in motion as an animated movie. Forecasts up to 8 days. For iPhone and iPad. $10.99

WeatherTrack
Best Search Infobrokerage, Inc. , 218 Harvard Rd , St.Augustine, FL 32086
Tel:+1-646 881 4176
WeatherTrack, the Swiss Army Knife for Weather Enthusiasts, is a paid iPhone, iPad, iPod touch application (one-time payment) that provides weather forecasts service for free. See further details via link above. Have given them listing as they are helping out with cruising info and Selden mast info. Jan 2012

Reports

Offshore weather planning: the options for receiving weather data at sea
July 2015
Sailing weather expert Chris Tibbs is on a round the world cruise. He explains the options for receiving weather data at sea and reveals what he will be using.

What are the options for keeping your boat in French Polynesia during the cyclone season?

Cyclones in the Society Islands and El Nino: Considering options for cyclone season

Bahamas: Lessons learned from a sudden storm at anchor

South Pacific Cyclone Season in the tropics: Calculated risks

Weather Forecasting: A Private Cruising Boat Perspective

Prepare your boat for a storm in harbour

Weather: New App for Predicting Wind

Hurricane Season on the USA East Coast

Japan, Miyakojima: Our experience of Super Typhoon Neoguri

Tropical South Pacific weather resources

Reeds Weather Handbook by Frank Singleton

Gulf Stream Weather

New Zealand Weather Helper

Considerations for marine lightning protection - survey results

Pacific Cyclone Season: North instead of South

Have you survived a hurricane or major storm?

Hurricane Season in Tobago

Superior Weather Tracking Created By Cruisers for Cruisers

Cruisers Take Note of Growing El Nino Conditions

Earthquake/Tsunami report from American Samoa - 29 Sep 2009

Brunei Bay Radio Maritime Safety Information

Red Sea Weather Forecasts

Question About Gulf of Tehuantepec Winds

Instant Wind Forecasting: Book Review

Weather Forecast Services for South Pacific

Favourite Weather Sites

Useful Weather Websites

Barometer Calibration
Calibrate your barometer from anywhere on earth. Gives the 10 closest places with accurate pressure plus a very accurate elevation for those on land.
Charter weather – WHEN to sail WHERE
Posted April 2016.
Useful summary article by Yachting Monthly of all the top global sailing destinations and the best time of year to visit.
Earthquake & Tsunami Warnings to your phone
Basic service costs nothing, email notification for free. Website monitors global earthquake activity.
EzWind
With an HF radio a computer and software to decode the incoming signal you can receive Fax images on board. You receive a Surface Analysis Chart. These show the centers of low and high pressure, the fronts and a series of lines of equal pressure called isobars. Unfortunately in most cases wind arrows are not shown. Can't figure out what winds to expect? With EzWind it's simple. No knowledge of meteorology required I have also released a new version of Visual sEa-Log. You can now interface with GPS.
GRIB.US
Useful site for downloading grib-files.
Gulf Stream Weather
Interesting article in Ocean Navigator online magazine.
Learning about Lightning
April 2016.
An interesting and informative article by All at Sea Magazine (Caribbean).
NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center
North Pacific Weather Patterns
Posted December 2015
This article by Ocean Navigator focuses on the weather in the North Pacific during December 2015 and how to examine weather charts in order to learn more about Ocean weather patterns.
Remote Sensing Systems (RSS)
Research-quality geophysical products from satellite data showing worldwide sea surface temperature, water vapour cycle, tropical cyclone watch.
The Ocean Surface Winds Research Team
Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
Joint mission between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to monitor and study tropical rainfall.
US Coast Guard Navigation Center
US National Institute for Standards and Technology
Time and Frequency Division: information on Radio WWV etc.
US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Weather and Climate Data
Wind Prediction
It has some holes in the pacific regions but overall provides good routing information.
Worldwide Weather Site
Useful weather information site with lots of interesting links.
General
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Fiji: Cyclone Winston Aftermath - Updated

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South Pacific: Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone Winston barrels toward Fiji

South Pacific: Life-threatening Tropical Cyclone Winston barrels toward Fiji  (19 Feb 2016)

Storm Imogen batters parts of England and Wales

Storm Imogen batters parts of England and Wales  (08 Feb 2016)

Azores: Hurricane Conditions expected over the central Azores later this morning

Azores: Hurricane Conditions expected over the central Azores later this morning  (15 Jan 2016)

Guyana, Georgetown: Can you help get sailing research vessel back to the USA?

Guyana, Georgetown: Can you help get sailing research vessel back to the USA?  (30 Nov 2015)

Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season

Hurricane Kate becomes the fourth Atlantic hurricane of the 2015 season  (11 Nov 2015)

Mexico: Hurricane Patricia Eyes Mexico With Catastrophic Force

Mexico: Hurricane Patricia Eyes Mexico With Catastrophic Force  (23 Oct 2015)

Typhoon Koppu to Lash Philippines Through Midweek Before Targeting Taiwan

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Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season Fast Approaching

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Bahamas: Hurricane Joaquin Blasting the Central Bahamas

Bahamas: Hurricane Joaquin Blasting the Central Bahamas  (01 Oct 2015)

Fred: A Rare Hurricane For Cape Verde Islands

Fred: A Rare Hurricane For Cape Verde Islands  (06 Sep 2015)

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Caribbean, Dominica: Tropical Storm Erika kills at least 20  (29 Aug 2015)

Quiet forecast for Atlantic hurricanes

Quiet forecast for Atlantic hurricanes  (06 Aug 2015)

Hurricane Carlos Stays Offshore While Moving up Mexico Coast

Hurricane Carlos Stays Offshore While Moving up Mexico Coast  (16 Jun 2015)

West Coast of Mexico: Category 4 Blanca Moves North

West Coast of Mexico: Category 4 Blanca Moves North  (04 Jun 2015)

2015 Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast

2015 Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Forecast  (13 Apr 2015)

Maysak Intensifies to Super Typhoon Over Pacific

Maysak Intensifies to Super Typhoon Over Pacific  (31 Mar 2015)

Vanuatu Cyclone: First aid reaches islands ravaged by Pam

Vanuatu Cyclone: First aid reaches islands ravaged by Pam  (16 Mar 2015)

USA: Northeast Braces for Possibly ‘Historic’ Winter Storm, Coast Guard Urging Mariners to Take Precautions

USA: Northeast Braces for Possibly ‘Historic’ Winter Storm, Coast Guard Urging Mariners to Take Precautions  (26 Jan 2015)

UK: Winds of up to 90mph expected to hit UK amid Atlantic storms

UK: Winds of up to 90mph expected to hit UK amid Atlantic storms   (07 Jan 2015)

2014 Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted

2014 Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted  (12 Dec 2014)

Rare Medicane Hits Malta and Sicily With Tropical Storm-Like Conditions

Rare Medicane Hits Malta and Sicily With Tropical Storm-Like Conditions  (10 Nov 2014)

Caribbean: Hurricane Gonzalo Hammers St. Martin and St. Barts

Caribbean: Hurricane Gonzalo Hammers St. Martin and St. Barts  (17 Oct 2014)

Supertyphoon rivalling Haiyan on course for Japan

Supertyphoon rivalling Haiyan on course for Japan  (08 Oct 2014)

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Mexico, La Paz: Post Hurricane Odile Cruiser Casualties Confirmed  (23 Sep 2014)

Mexico West Coast: Extensive Damage wreaked by Hurricane Odile

Mexico West Coast: Extensive Damage wreaked by Hurricane Odile  (17 Sep 2014)

Hawaii: Center of Iselle lashes Hawaii's Big Island

Hawaii: Center of Iselle lashes Hawaii's Big Island   (08 Aug 2014)

New Zealand: Violent Winter Storm pummels Northern New Zealand damaging and sinking 30 yachts

New Zealand: Violent Winter Storm pummels Northern New Zealand damaging and sinking 30 yachts  (17 Jul 2014)

Japan prepares for Super Typhoon Neoguri

Japan prepares for Super Typhoon Neoguri  (07 Jul 2014)

USA: Tropical Storm Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast

USA: Tropical Storm Arthur threatens July 4th plans along East Coast  (03 Jul 2014)

El Nino on the way

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NOAA Predicts Near-Normal or Below-Normal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season

NOAA Predicts Near-Normal or Below-Normal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season  (05 Jun 2014)

NE Australia: Ports shut as Cat 5 Cyclone due to hit tomorrow

NE Australia: Ports shut as Cat 5 Cyclone due to hit tomorrow  (10 Apr 2014)

New NOAA East Pacific Experimental Forecasts now available

New NOAA East Pacific Experimental Forecasts now available  (27 Mar 2014)

Australia, North Queensland: Cyclone Dylan intensifies

Australia, North Queensland: Cyclone Dylan intensifies  (30 Jan 2014)

Tonga: Cyclone Ian - How you can Help Ha’apai

Tonga: Cyclone Ian - How you can Help Ha’apai  (24 Jan 2014)

Tonga: Cat 5 Ian devastates Ha‘apai islands

Tonga: Cat 5 Ian devastates Ha‘apai islands  (13 Jan 2014)

St. Vincent: Flooding Disaster - how you can help

St. Vincent: Flooding Disaster - how you can help  (13 Jan 2014)

Huge waves, torrential rain and flooding as 'Winter Storm Hercules' heads over from US to Europe

Huge waves, torrential rain and flooding as 'Winter Storm Hercules' heads over from US to Europe  (07 Jan 2014)

UK: Environment Agency issues multiple severe flood warnings for worst tidal surge in 60 years

UK: Environment Agency issues multiple severe flood warnings for worst tidal surge in 60 years  (05 Dec 2013)

UK: BBC to assess future of Shipping Forecast - with update

UK: BBC to assess future of Shipping Forecast - with update  (22 Nov 2013)

Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan: Cruisers report on the relief efforts in Cebu

Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan: Cruisers report on the relief efforts in Cebu  (19 Nov 2013)

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UK: Storm rescues for boat owners

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BVIs, Tortola: Hurricane Preparedness stepped up at Nanny Cay

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North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired  (08 Jun 2013)

Weather-watcher Satellite Fails Just Before Hurricane Season

Weather-watcher Satellite Fails Just Before Hurricane Season  (25 May 2013)

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA predicts active 2013 Atlantic hurricane season  (24 May 2013)

Great New Service for noonsite users: Get notified of cruising news, reports and country updates as they are posted

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USA, New Jersey & New York: Superstorm Sandy debris clean-up update

USA, New Jersey & New York: Superstorm Sandy debris clean-up update  (05 May 2013)

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USA: BoatUS joins Waterway Guide in Superstorm Sandy update effort  (16 Mar 2013)

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Lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy: Boat US Webinars this March  (14 Feb 2013)

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Solomon Islands: In the Wake of the Tsunami  (14 Feb 2013)

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Australia: Superstorm Hits East Coast  (29 Jan 2013)

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USA: The count begins - 65,000 boats damaged by Hurricane ‘Sandy’  (22 Nov 2012)

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Hurricane Sandy's death toll across the Caribbean rises to 65  (28 Oct 2012)

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Gulf of Mexico: Tropical Storm Isaac poses serious threat  (26 Aug 2012)

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USA: Weather Underground Launches New Sailing & Boating Weather Service  (23 Aug 2012)

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USA, Oregon: Huge Dock from Japan's Tsunmai Washed Ashore  (15 Jun 2012)

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Ocean Prediction Centre: Request for Feedback on 24-Hour Historical Track Positions  (10 Apr 2012)

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Heavy rain causes chaos across British Isles  (25 Oct 2011)

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Greece: French Sailor Drowns During Storm on Lefkas  (22 Sep 2011)

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The Tail-end of Hurricane Katia hits the UK in "worst storm since 1996"  (12 Sep 2011)

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More Hurricane Activity in the Atlantic  (09 Sep 2011)

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Bahamas, Family Islands: Ravaged by Hurricane Irene  (02 Sep 2011)

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Hurricane Irene Hits the US East Coast  (27 Aug 2011)

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Hurricane Irene - The First Hurricane of the Season due to hit the US this Weekend  (23 Aug 2011)

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Tropical Storm Emily Tracking Towards Eastern Seaboard  (03 Aug 2011)

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NOAA Issues Forecast For Above Normal Hurricane Season  (20 May 2011)

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Tsunami-Warn.com offers advice to Skippers   (17 May 2011)

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Hurricane Tomas in Saint Lucia  (05 Nov 2010)

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New Webcast Service for Caribbean Weather  (20 Oct 2010)

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Have you ever experienced unusual weather phenomena whilst sailing?  (18 Aug 2010)

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Alex - First Named Storm of the Atlantic Hurricane Season  (29 Jun 2010)

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Hurricane Season Predicted To Be Active  (03 Jun 2010)

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NOAA National Weather Service to Use New Hurricane Wind Scale  (10 Apr 2010)

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Fiji Hit by Cyclone Tomas  (15 Mar 2010)

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European Storm Xynthia - France Hardest Hit  (01 Mar 2010)

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Massive Earthquake in Chile Triggers Tsunami  (28 Feb 2010)

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Cyclone Rene Pounds Tonga, Major Damage in Capital   (20 Feb 2010)

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Ida Reaches Hurricane Force Near Nicaragua  (05 Nov 2009)

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Plenty of Wind  (22 Oct 2009)

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El Nino  (14 Oct 2009)

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Powerful earthquakes off Vanuatu trigger warning of tsunami  (08 Oct 2009)

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National Weather Service Proposed Changes - Updated Report  (04 Oct 2009)

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New "Flavour" of El Nino under Global Warming  (01 Oct 2009)

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Cruisers Report - American Samoa Earthquake & Tsunami  (01 Oct 2009)

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Pacific Tsunami: Countries Hit  (30 Sep 2009)

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Philippines Typhoon Warning  (06 May 2009)

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2009 Hurricane Predictions   (15 Apr 2009)

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2008 Hurricane Season - One for the Record Books  (11 Dec 2008)

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Neutral Conditions in the South Pacific  (12 Nov 2008)

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New Weather Website Launched by NOAA  (06 Nov 2008)

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Hurricane Bertha Strengthens Over Atlantic East of Caribbean   (08 Jul 2008)

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Tropical Storm Warning Philippines  (20 Jun 2008)

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Arthur Weakening, but Many Hurricanes Forecast   (05 Jun 2008)

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Forecasters Predict Active Hurricane Season  (31 May 2008)

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La Niña possible within the next 2-3 months  (14 May 2007)

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El Niño conditions are likely to continue through March-May 2007  (16 Jan 2007)

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Free weather service for yachts transiting the Red Sea  (12 Apr 2003)

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Weather Websites for SE Asia  (01 Feb 2003)