PassageWeather, first impression

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Bob says:

    We have been using Passage Weather all through the last hurricane season ( which means DAILY) and one thing you can say about them is that their Carribbean coverage is spot on.
    I also find that I can actually plan a passage knowing that for X amount of hours I can expect the wind to be from the East and then know that ( if they said it) that the wind will shift toward the North or whatever.
    Jeez and its free…Gotta love it.

  2. Roy says:

    I checked out the site and only have one problem. They don’t show you the frontal passages. This seems to be the norm with a lot of these free weather web site. I still don’t think it’s going to beat UGRIB. With UGRIB GRIB’s you can import into a lot of different nav software and GRIB viewers.

  3. Good tip, Ben. The site is nicely laid out. But, using a wireless (11MB) connection here in Malaysia it takes about five minutes to let the website step through all the images. It’s quicker (about 1 minute) for me to download the zipped files … plus you have them for future reference if, for example, you do the download just prior to unplugging from the Internet and setting off on a passage. But then, of course, I get the Grib files daily from Saildocs … assuming the HF propagation cooperates.

  4. billreilly says:

    Thank you for your comments on PassageWeather…
    In answer to the comments on the lack of frontal passages in our forecasts, I want to explain that all of our forecasts are computer generated, whereas fronts and frontal passages need a human to interpret and apply them, they cannot (with any accuracy) be computer generated…
    We could have fronts in our forecasts, but then we would need a team of meteorologists working round the clock, which we don’t have… and if we did, we’d have to pay them, and then we wouldn’t be able to offer as a 100% free service…
    As to the comments on PassageWeather not being as good as UGRIB, I just want to say that we are not in competition with UGRIB, in fact we’re a totally different thing… apples and oranges… The 2 services work very well together, each with their own purpose… can you imagine Mom and Pop Cruiser sitting in an internet cafe in the Azores trying to install UGRIB, just to see what the wind is going to do?… UGRIB is great, I use it myself, but each system has their place…
    (this message was sent back in February, but it never made it, I don’t know why… so I sent it again, and then again… this is my fifth attempt, I hope it makes it this time… this comment system isn’t very good, Ben)

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