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Links to weather charts from the UK and other national Met services. Brief exlanations for these are given by links to another page.


Related pages

On this page -

European Met Service 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.

Analysis ~60KB
Small version ~15KB

24-hour Forecast ~60KB
Small version ~15KB

36-hour Forecast ~ 60KB
Small version ~15KB

48-hour Forecast ~ 60KB
Small version ~15KB

60-hour Forecast ~60KB
Small version ~15KB

72-hour Forecast ~60KB
Small version ~15KB

96-hour Forecast ~60KB
Small version ~15KB

120-hour Forecast ~60KB
Small version ~15KB

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

Chart sequences

To see a sequence on one page of the latest UK charts to 5 days ahead, see either -

or

These charts are also available in colour direct from the Met Office Charts site:

Timing of the issue of charts is complex and described in notes provided by Martin Stubbs.

Other links are from


HIRLAM

High Resolution Limited Area Model forecasts for two days ahead are available from theKNMI, the Dutch Weather Service. An alternative is the Italian MeteoMar site.

HIRLAM countries are -

Danish Meteorological Institute. Click for winds in th N North Sea and S Baltic.
Estonian Meteorological Institute
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Icelandic Meteorological Office
Irish Meteorological Service
Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Spanish State Meteorological Agency. Click for wind vectors over the Atlantic, Western Med and Spanish coasts.
Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute

Surface actual and forecast charts are available via KNMI site.

Unmodified HIRLAM Charts are available from the Italian MeteoMar site..


Computer Charts - Unmodified

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

500hPa,Surface

Analysis

12h

24h

36h

48h

60h

72h

96h

120h

144h

3-Day-Panel

ECMWF

Charts from ECMWF for the next 10 days. There is the facility to look back and see what the model was producing on previous days and times.

To these can be added GRIB charts.


Oceanic Charts, some with plotted observations

For notes se theEssential page.

NW Atlantic 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

NW Pacific 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

NE Pacific 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

North Atlantic, Europe, Mediterranean (latest)

Tropical W Atlantic and E Pacific 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

Tropical C Pacific 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

Wind and sig weather NW Europe

Wind & sig weather USA & W Atlantic

Wind and weather Australia

Wind and weather Circumpolar

Wind and weather South America

Wind and weather Asia

NE of N Atlantic 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

N Pacific 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

South Pacific & South Atlantic

East N Atlantic 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

Indian Ocean & SW Pacific

Alaska and N Pacific 00Z 06Z 12Z 18Z

Tropical Atlantic 00Z 12Z

Isobars and Weather NW Europe

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.

Other Sources of Links to Weather Charts

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 Infomet 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 Institute of Global Environment and Science site.

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.

Ogimet is a site with many types of data including many links to charts. Perhaps a good place to start.


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