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Tides

** Dale's favorite "Tbone". Graphical chart of Safety Harbor (plus Old Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay), with other viewing options at the bottom. The tide chart covers areas on both sides of the Courtney Campbell, so extra caution is advised.

The box to the left has two different links, with the second being graphical so you can see the trends.


For those that prefer a chart over the graph, the Mote Marine Laboratory site presents tide predictions for nearly anywhere in the world. I found it easier to type in the city or bay name on the Home page rather than try scanning long lists.

 

 

NOAA/CO-OPS Nearest Stations to Safety Harbor are Old Port Tampa and St. Petersburg. Site also has measured tide with predicted, wind speed/direction plotting, and an air pressure/temparature graph. Not all stations show additional charts.
Florida Fishing Magazine Graphical chart. Safety Harbor is near the top of the list (11th) with choice of 2-day or month chart. This site is a Florida fisherman's dream. Use this hotlink to get the instant Safety Harbor two-day prediction graphic (or explanation chart) only.
   
Weather  
Here is a new find that displays the surface winds, surface pressure, and wave heights + direction. It can generate animated charts for predictions 5 days out. If you have a SmartPhone (iPhone, Android, etc.), you can get this site mobile by adding "/mobi" to the end of the URL.

For extensive information on what to do before, during and after a storm, visit the BoatUS Hurricane Resource Website to download the latest version of our Hurricane Preparation Guide and Worksheet, to review the successful hurricane plans submitted by other boaters and to follow active storms through state-of-the-art tracking models.

Sign up and receive email notification as public advisories for your area are issued from the National Hurricane Center -- includes real-time maps of the forecast track, wind bands and wind field for each named-storm.

Southwinds magazine also had a good articles on hurricane prepardness. You can also review past issues in PDF form.

Here is a new feature... Weather forecasting for a -very- localized (micro environment) area. In this case, it is Upper Tampa Bay (N28.0093, W82.6963). Anybody care to chart the forecast against the actual weather?
Here is a new find that displays the prevailing winds, updated often, for the florida area. If you mouse over one of the arrows, you get the location of the station and a table of recorded wind values and directions.
Here is a new source of weather info. This one is a graphical representation of temperature, humidity, and wind direction and speed. it appears to be updated once a minute, and is fun to watch the wind direction clock around. Switch between English and Metric with the buttons across the bottom.
Just when you are ready to forget last year, we have to provide this link to the official NOAA National Weather Service Tropical Prediction Center. It provides the prediction cones, Mariner's 1-2-3 Rule, and lots of probability charts.
Linked network of amateur weather stations using the Internet for data collection. Local weather real-time statistics can be viewed (Florida) if desired.
Englewood To Suwannee River Out To 60 Nm...Including Tampa Bay. Gives winds, seas, and showers, as well as tides and tidal current rates.
Doppler Radar:
100 Mile   300 Mile
Links to The Weather Channel™ Doppler RADAR animated images for Tampa Bay. Both the 100 and 300 mile ranges are provided.
NEW: I was informed about the StormPulse Hurricane Tracker site by fellow Pearson sailors. The northeast boat owners were talking about Hurricane Irene and one offered this link: www.StormPulse.com Check it out! You will find information not shown on the typical hurricane tracker sites.
The Beaufort Scale, used to describe wind conditions, can be estimated with this chart. It opens in a separate browser window and is printer friendly. Another group of wind-related charts is here.
Misc. Info  
U.S. Naval Observatory Standard Time. Use the browser "Refresh" to get the very latest time.