Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

The Ultimate Cruisers' Planning Tool

Navigation

You are here: Home / General / Weather

Weather

OCEANIA

Contents

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.

Atlas of Pilot Charts (free from MSI)
For long-distance passagemakers, global coverage passage charts free of charge. Each region can be downloaded separately and one month at a time. (Beware of large file size per chart.)
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.
Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness and Response
Posted September 2017.
John Neal and Amanda Swan Neal of Mahina Expeditions bluewater voyaging school have weathered a few earthquakes and tsunamis in their decades of teaching others aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46 sailboat, Mahina Tiare III. In the wake of the 2009 tsunami on Samoa, they devised an earthquake/tsunami awareness and response system that they now include in the Mahina Expeditions curriculum. With the goal of helping other sailors, the Neals allowed Practical Sailor to post this strategy.
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.
Meteorology – Weather Forecasts
September 2016.
Viki of Astrolabe Sailing outlines the mechanics of weather forecasts and an explanation of the terminology used, plus a summary of their favourite weather forecast providers.
NOAA
NOAA hosts a website with comprehensive information about the El Nino phenomena.
NOAA - Ocean Prediction Centre
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.
Windy.com
Graphical representation of high resolution GFS (USA), ECMWF (Europe), and NAM computer models. Global coverage. (Be aware, long load times on slower internet connections.)

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).

PredictWind.com
Run own weather model globally and at high resolution. iOS and Android weather Apps. Free forecast. Noonsite members can now get 15% off any PredictWind purchase! Register now to claim your discount at the above link.

[Show additional 23 entries for this category]

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.

Boaters Guide to Preparing for Hurricanes
By Boat U.S

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

Choosing a Boatyard for the Caribbean Hurricane Season
April 2017.
Some good pointers and tips from Sailboat Cruising.

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. Carolyn's blog has many useful articles about hurricanes, just put "hurricane" into the search engine.

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.

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.

Mike's Weather Page
A useful aggregate website for multiple hurricane tracking and all major spaghetti plot computer models.

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

Tropical Storm Tactics - Tying Sailboat in Mangrove for a Hurricane
Posted September 2016.
Experienced cruisers Sheryl and Paul Shard demonstrate how to secure your boat for a tropical storm. They have filmed the process as they anchor and tie up in a mangrove in Martinique. They also film the approaching storm which passes over with winds nearly 60 knots. They are testing both a Rocna anchor and Fortress anchor.

Typhoon Havens Handbook for Western Pacific and Indian Oceans

Weather resources for hurricane season
Posted September 2017.
Staying on top of changes in the weather is always a priority for cruisers, in particular if cruising during hurricane season. SY Totem give a run down of the resources they use to help them make better decisions.

Apps

PredictWind.com
Run own weather model globally and at high resolution. iOS and Android weather Apps. Free forecast. Noonsite members can now get 15% off any PredictWind purchase! Register now to claim your discount at the above link.

[Show additional 3 entries for this category]

Reports

Dangers of a Secondary Low
Posted September 2016.
Weather briefing: Chris Tibbs explains the formation of a secondary low, published in Yachting World.
Sources of Weather Forecasts for the Pacific
November 2016
A comprehensive report of the various sources of weather forecasts available to cruisers in the various regions of the Pacific Ocean, by SV Sarana.

SailGrib WR - Weather App for Android and iPad

Australia, NSW, Clarence River: "Walloped" by an intense storm in our home anchorage

Lightning over the ocean

Tonga & Pacific Weatherstations: Help improve weather forecasting

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

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?

Superior Weather Tracking Created By Cruisers for Cruisers

Cruisers Take Note of Growing El Nino Conditions

Brunei Bay Radio Maritime Safety Information

Red Sea Weather Forecasts

Instant Wind Forecasting: Book Review

Weather Forecast Services for South Pacific

Favourite Weather Sites

Useful Weather Websites

Tsunami Safety for Boaters - What to do?
International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC)

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.
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
Weathering Waterspouts
Posted November 2016.
Though they may seem rare, tropical waterspouts are hardly a scarce occurrence. Prepare yourself for what to do when you see one spinning off the horizon. Good article by Cruising World Magazine.
Wind Prediction
It has some holes in the pacific regions but overall provides good routing information.
General
Platinum Sponsors

Over 200 boats and 1200 people take part in the ARC every year
2700 NM across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Saint Lucia
A rally for everyone; families, racers, couples, big boats and modest boats
Two weeks of pre-departure activities in Las Palmas
Welcomed in Saint Lucia with a rum punch and a chilled beer
Fantastic achievement - crossing an ocean on a small sailboat

Related News
Hong Kong: Hundreds of vessels washed ashore, damaged or sunk after Typhoon Mangkhut

Hong Kong: Hundreds of vessels washed ashore, damaged or sunk after Typhoon Mangkhut   (21 Sep 2018)

Current Hurricane and Typhoon Updates

Current Hurricane and Typhoon Updates  (14 Sep 2018)

USA: Strengthening Hurricane Florence to pose serious threat to US East Coast later this week

USA: Strengthening Hurricane Florence to pose serious threat to US East Coast later this week  (11 Sep 2018)

Canada: Northwest Passage Claims Yacht

Canada: Northwest Passage Claims Yacht  (05 Sep 2018)

Worldwide Marine Radio-Fax Changes: Effective from 19 September 2018

Worldwide Marine Radio-Fax Changes: Effective from 19 September 2018  (03 Sep 2018)

Report Icon

North Pacific: Powerful Hurricane Lane Moving WNW Toward the Main Hawaiian Island  (22 Aug 2018)

Changes in the Gulf Stream

Changes in the Gulf Stream  (20 Jul 2018)

Spain, Balearics: Meteotsunami (rissaga) floods islands of Mallorca and Menorca

Spain, Balearics: Meteotsunami (rissaga) floods islands of Mallorca and Menorca  (19 Jul 2018)

Dominica, Puerto Rico: Still wary of dissipated storm Beryl

Dominica, Puerto Rico: Still wary of dissipated storm Beryl  (09 Jul 2018)

UK: RYA and HM Coastguard ask boaters for feedback on MSI broadcasts

UK: RYA and HM Coastguard ask boaters for feedback on MSI broadcasts  (27 Jun 2018)

2018 Atlantic hurricane outlook: How active will the season be following Alberto?

2018 Atlantic hurricane outlook: How active will the season be following Alberto?  (26 Jun 2018)

Alberto: First Named Storm of 2018 Hurricane Season

Alberto: First Named Storm of 2018 Hurricane Season  (28 May 2018)

3 tropical storms surround Australia, a 4th possibly for Fiji & Tonga next week

3 tropical storms surround Australia, a 4th possibly for Fiji & Tonga next week  (25 Mar 2018)

Storm Emma sinks boats from Wales to Cadiz

Storm Emma sinks boats from Wales to Cadiz  (05 Mar 2018)

Tonga cleans up after devastating Cyclone Gita - how yachties can help

Tonga cleans up after devastating Cyclone Gita - how yachties can help  (28 Feb 2018)

After the Hurricanes: Sailors Lend a Hand

After the Hurricanes: Sailors Lend a Hand  (13 Jan 2018)

Support for hurricane ravaged Dominica continues

Support for hurricane ravaged Dominica continues  (24 Nov 2017)

Hurricane Relief, Support & Resources

Hurricane Relief, Support & Resources  (20 Oct 2017)

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico without power and has devastated Dominica

Hurricane Maria leaves Puerto Rico without power and has devastated Dominica  (20 Sep 2017)

2017: Why This Hurricane Season Has Been So Catastrophic

2017: Why This Hurricane Season Has Been So Catastrophic  (19 Sep 2017)

Hurricane Maria, poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean early this week

Hurricane Maria, poses a significant threat to Irma-devastated areas in the northern Caribbean early this week  (18 Sep 2017)

Report Icon

Texas, USA: Hurricane Harvey Severly Damages Coastal Areas - Widespread Flooding Continues  (01 Sep 2017)

Hurricane Irma Tracking across the Atlantic from the Cape Verdes

Hurricane Irma Tracking across the Atlantic from the Cape Verdes  (31 Aug 2017)

NOAA: Above Average Hurricane Season Expected

NOAA: Above Average Hurricane Season Expected  (11 Jun 2017)

Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia

Tropical Cyclone Donna lashes Vanuatu and New Caledonia  (08 May 2017)

South Pacific, Vanuatu: Cyclone Donna creates uncertainty

South Pacific, Vanuatu: Cyclone Donna creates uncertainty  (04 May 2017)

South Pacific: Category three Cyclone Cook hits New Caledonia

South Pacific: Category three Cyclone Cook hits New Caledonia  (09 Apr 2017)

Australia: Yachts damaged and sunk as the Whitsundays bears the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Debbie

Australia: Yachts damaged and sunk as the Whitsundays bears the brunt of Tropical Cyclone Debbie  (29 Mar 2017)

Australia: Tropical Cyclone Debbie Strengthens as it Approaches Landfall in Queensland

Australia: Tropical Cyclone Debbie Strengthens as it Approaches Landfall in Queensland  (26 Mar 2017)

Mexico/Central America: Pacific Weather Resource Update

Mexico/Central America: Pacific Weather Resource Update  (16 Oct 2016)

NOAA Weather Service for Mariners: e-mail address change

NOAA Weather Service for Mariners: e-mail address change  (26 Sep 2016)

Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season

Predictions for the 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season  (03 May 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)

Bahamas: Hurricane Joaquin Blasting the Central Bahamas

Bahamas: Hurricane Joaquin Blasting the Central Bahamas  (30 Sep 2015)

Report Icon

Caribbean, Dominica: Tropical Storm Erika kills at least 20  (28 Aug 2015)

Quiet forecast for Atlantic hurricanes

Quiet forecast for Atlantic hurricanes  (05 Aug 2015)

2014 Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted

2014 Atlantic hurricane season stays quiet as predicted  (12 Dec 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  (16 Jul 2014)

El Nino on the way

El Nino on the way  (18 Jun 2014)

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

NOAA Predicts Near-Normal or Below-Normal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season  (04 Jun 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)

St. Vincent: Flooding Disaster - how you can help

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

UK: Storm rescues for boat owners

UK: Storm rescues for boat owners  (28 Oct 2013)

Hurricane Season 2013

Hurricane Season 2013  (26 Sep 2013)

BVIs, Tortola: Hurricane Preparedness stepped up at Nanny Cay

BVIs, Tortola: Hurricane Preparedness stepped up at Nanny Cay  (11 Jun 2013)

North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired

North Atlantic Radio Net: Herb Hilgenberg has Retired  (07 Jun 2013)

Report Icon

Australia: Superstorm Hits East Coast  (29 Jan 2013)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

Hurricane Tomas in Saint Lucia  (05 Nov 2010)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

Hurricane Season Predicted To Be Active  (03 Jun 2010)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

Plenty of Wind  (22 Oct 2009)

Report Icon

El Nino  (14 Oct 2009)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

2009 Hurricane Predictions   (15 Apr 2009)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

Neutral Conditions in the South Pacific  (12 Nov 2008)

Report Icon

New Weather Website Launched by NOAA  (06 Nov 2008)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

Forecasters Predict Active Hurricane Season  (31 May 2008)

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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

Report Icon

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