About this page
Links to weather charts from the UK and other national Met services. Brief exlanations for these are given by links to another page.
On this page -
- UK Met Office Charts
- US Air Force Europe
- HIRLAM meso-scale
- Computer Output
- Plotted charts
- Other Links to Charts - including archived charts
UK Met Office Charts - Isobars and fronts - North Atlantic/Europe.
See explanatory notes on the Essential page.
Links are given here; the size of each chart is about 60 kb which is significant if using a cell or satellite phone connection.
Times of issue
- Analysis charts are usually available by HH+0320
- 24-hour forecasts by HH+0520
- T+36 and T+48 forecasts by 0620/1820 UTC
- T+60 and T+72 forecasts by 0720/1920 UTC
- T+96 and T+120 forecast are only issued once a day, based on 1200UTC data, usually available after 2320UTC
To see a sequence on one page of the latest UK charts to 5 days ahead, see either -
- All latest UK forecast charts in full size. (Page is about 790KB in total)
- All latest UK forecast charts in reduced size. (Page is about 290KB in total)
These charts are also available in colour direct from the Met Office Charts site:
- http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/charts/index.html - Only updated once per day
Timing of the issue of charts is complex and described in notes provided by Martin Stubbs.
Other links are from –
- http://www.weather.org.uk/models.htm - This is good for charts from many weather services.
For notes on these charts see the Essential page Note 1 - Like all sites this one is revamped from time to time. The most recent update that I have was on 5 February 2007. They produce an extremely comprehensive set of forecasts and data.
Note 2 These charts are rather "fussy" and slow to download. They go further east than the charts above.
There are plotted chart of actual weather for much of Europe and the Eastern N Atlantic]]. For those who want to see charts of upper levels there is a very comprehensive set of UK products. as well as a Satellite analysis.
Forecast surface charts are at
Eastern N Atlantic, Europe and Russia
Central and Eastern North Atlantic and Western Europe,
NOTE - On the Sembach site there are two versions of each of these series of forecasts. The only difference is in the colouration. I have given those that show isobars the most clearly.
As of May 2012, the Sembach site is up and down like a Yo-yo. A limited selection of rheir charts are at the Wetterzentrale site/
Eastern N Atlantic, Europe and Russia
HIRLAM countries are -
Surface actual and forecast charts are available via KNMI site.
Unmodified HIRLAM Charts are available from the Italian MeteoMar site..
A note on these is on the Essential page. They are output direct from Numericl Weather Prediction models. They can be quite difficult to interpret and should be used with care. As is the case with GRIB forecasts, there has been no vetting or quality control.
UK Met Office
To these can be added GRIB charts.
For notes se theEssential page.
Hawaii and the Central Pacific (latest)
See also the Sembach link above.
For swell forecast charts for the Atlantic and UK, se the The National Centre for Ocean Forecasting (NCOF) site.
There are many other sites that give more links than appear above. The following will give many of these links but add others. There will be much duplication between sites. One that some may find useful is the MailASail service. This allows charts to be selected and requested by am automatically generated email. They are then received as an email attachment.
The weather.org.uk site has a comprehensive set of charts of all forms, including computer output.
Many others can be found at the Catalonian site and at Georg Mueller's Wetterzentrale site at Karlsruhe University. Charts include upper air and jet stream charts that are of little interest to the majority of sailors but are sought by a few cognoscenti. The Wetterzentrale site has archived charts as well as current ones. For the Archive charts, go to the Frame-Version. The Link for UK Met Office analyses is http://www.wetterzentrale.de/topkarten/tkfaxbraar.htm.
The Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center for numerous links to their charts worldwide.
The NOAA RadioFax site.
A comprehensive on-line NWS guide to marine products on the Internet.
Model output and other Prognoses a comprehensive links to computer forecasts, or products based on them, originating from major centres in Meteorology . The UK Weather Information Site Links to UK weather data, past, present and forecast.
Tropical Storms, Worldwide is a site which provides up to date and historical information on storm tracks over the whole world and individual oceanic areas. Downloads are commendably fast and they give the size of a download before you click..
Ogimet is a site with many types of data including many links to charts. Perhaps a good place to start.