September 2017 UK VHF changes

From mid-morning on Wednesday 6 September 2017 the Coastguard will no longer broadcast on VHF 23, 84 and 86. It will instead use VHF 62, 63 and 64. The use of VHF Channel 10 for MSI and pollution control (back up) is unchanged. For details see the RYA page on VHF channels.

June 2017. Météo France

Forecast texts can be bookmarked but are not accessible by email using the Saildocs text retrieval service. This is a regrettabe change of heart by the French

DWD forecast texts - 9/01/2017

DWD forecasts can now be bookmarked. See my NW Europe page. F or those with restricted bandwidth, these forecasts can be obtained using the Saildocs text retrieval.

Improved GFS GRIB Data

The GFS now computes on a finer grid. Output is now available on a 0.25 degree grid using Saildocs and zyGrib V7.0

News and Topical items


The page “Unofficial' Weather Stations'' has been updated to take the Weather Observations Website into account.

The Jetstream

In view of the topical interest in the jet stream, the Netweather Jet Stream page is worth looking at.

Recently revised pages


See the major revision to What is the future of the GMDSS?


The page GRIB Apps has been updated

Latest additional pages

A new page about the CAPE lightning risk index.

A threat to Internet services highlights the threat to the availability of GMDSS forecasts on the web.

Hurricane terminology

When is a hurricane not a hurricane?

Frank's Logs

Cruising Association

Hallberg Rassy Owners Association

Royal Yachting Association

Royal Cruising Club

  Royal Meteorological Society

Links to home pages of CA members.



On this page

Links to my cruising logs, affiliations and general background.

My site arose from a wish to use my long and wide experience in meteorology and sailing to help others to whom weather forecasts, and marine weather forecasts in particular, are mysteries. If you find this site useful then remember that it seeks to contribute to safety at sea. You might like to send a donation to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, or your national equivalent, mentioning this site of course.

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