I’d like to introduce you guys to my new best friend; the Eagle Point Buoy.
If you’re not familiar with the NDBC, you totally should be. The best raw weather data to be found is found here. Forget Passage Weather or even the GRIB files… they get their data from here too. And so should you. Learning to read the data is a really key skill for a competent mariner, and is becoming a required skill in our climate-changing world.
Weather buoys are dead sexy. Didn’t you people see “The Day After Tomorrow”? The whole thing starts with weather buoys, and people ignoring them, to their own peril.
I fully admit to being a hopeless weather geek, because I find it fascinating and fun to check the buoy, and then check land weather sites, and guess how bad the land forecasts are going to fail for the day. And honestly, anyone who lives on a coastline needs to be paying more attention to the buoys and less attention to the land forecasts, because you get far better info, from the direction the weather is coming in.
And hey, hurricanes! Check this out: http://youtu.be/FcbDiZxhJO0
And hey, climate change! Check this out: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2009-05/11/robot-buoys-will-sound-climate-change-alarm.aspx
So, figure out your nearest buoy, and make friends…