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I’m a weather geek. Rather than reality TV, I look up the weather and imagine what is going on in some of my favorite areas like the Strait of Georgia, Cape Caution or Dixon Entrance. I love to look at NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center – Pacific Region for the Current, 24 hour, 48 hour, and 96 hour forecast charts. I like to take a look at how the weather systems of the Pacific will impact my weather in the Pacific Northwest. I described this in an article a week ago.

Here are two sites that take this same information and put it into motion. www.windyty.com has a lot of information of interest including wind and with a click you can switch to a visualization of offshore waves. In wind mode zoom in and you can see a visualization of the winds in the Strait of Georgia and Puget Sound. If you want, you can compare what you see in the visualization to the report for the Halibut Bank weather buoy off Bowen Island.

Windyty shot of Puget Sound

Windyty shot of Puget Sound

Windyty shot of the Pacific

Windyty shot of the Pacific

You may have also seen this visualization from earth.nullschool.net

With interesting and ever-changing weather visualizations like these, who needs reality TV shows?

—Mark Bunzel
Mark Bunzel is the Editor and Publisher of the Waggoner Cruising Guide, an annual cruising guide covering all the great marinas and anchorages in the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia Coast, from Olympia to Ketchikan.
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