Over the years, NOAA/NDBC buoy data has been instrumental in my weather- and condition-related decision-making processes.
These buoys offer near-real-time information about actual wind and sea state. Knowing the actual conditions where you’ll be sailing is immensely useful.
Recently I was wondering… Is this buoy data available offshore?
The answer, it turns out, is YES.
There are two ways discussed here: FTPMail and Dial-A-Buoy.
If you’re already using FTPMail for synoptic charts, etc. then this is for you.
Send email to NWS.FTPMail.OPS@noaa.gov:
open data.ndbc.noaa.gov cd data cd latest_obs get 46026.txt quit
Need to know what the buoy IDs are? See here.
Need to know what FTPMail is? Drop a comment below.
If you’re within cell phone range, then call 888-701-8992. Enter 1, followed by the buoy ID (see above), and you’ll hear the most current data from that buoy.