Weather Report Helpful Links



Baja Weather Made Easier
(with a lot of coaching from Tim we have the list of sites and what to read in order)
I open all the web pages, in order, before the net and read the portions mentioned below.
If you leave a browser window open with all of these in order, all you have to do is refresh them each morning and Viola! you have everything in front of you.

Read this first:
All this comes off the internet and I take no responsibility for it's accuracy, interpretation and or use and either does the net.


National Hurricane Center
Click on "Eastern Pacific" and check for Pacific cyclones in hurricane season only. Quick during the winter and spring, it should say "No tropical cyclones".

Pressure Gradient Map millibar highs and lows

National Maps - NOAA's National Weather Service
Check the big picture surface map, then go down to the 12-hour and 24-hour maps to get the highs, lows and isobar lines. You can click the "satellite" bar on the left and get a reasonable big picture infrared video. You can also enter any location in the States in the box and get 5-day wx.

GOES Infrared Map - NOAA's National Weather Service Weather satellite images from geostationary satellites.

San Diego Zone Forecast
Read "SYNOPSIS FOR FAR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST"
Then scroll down to: "WATERS FROM SAN MATEO POINT TO THE MEXICAN BORDER EXTENDING 30 TO 60 NM OUT INCLUDING SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND" Read the Preamble, Today and Tonight

Mexicali: Local Weather Report Barometer reading only
La Paz: Local Weather Report Barometer reading only
San Jose del Cabo: Local Weather Report Barometer reading only
Puerto Vallarta: Local Weather Report Barometer reading only

One of the next 2 links does the Baja Weather forecasts:
New Soulmates Weather

OFFSHORE WATERS FORECAST FOR THE E PACIFIC WITHIN 250 NM OF MEXICO
Differences from what we're used to:
1) it is a 5 day forecast with both day and night and sea state forecasts.

2) The forecast zones are slightly different. It starts from the Mexican border down to latitude 29 N, which is about in the middle of Bahia Viscaino, just north of Cedros Island. Instead of Turtle Bay, for the next zone down, it starts at Punta Eugenia, which is the point just north of Turtle Bay.

3) the Sea of Cortez is divided into 3 zones instead of two and then there's the Entrance to the Sea of Cortez which basically covers Cabo across to Puerto Vallarta and down to Cabo Corrientes.

It is basically an ftp: site. That is, you click the link and you immediately get the current report. Another difference is how wind speeds are reported. They're in increments of 5 kts. That is, 0 - 5, 5 - 10, 10 - 15, etc. Swell direction is assumed to be the same as the wind direction and is only stated when it is significantly different. For example, when the winds are from the N - NW and the seas are from let's say the S. I've found that to keep the report short, you have to summarize a bit and only go 3 days out, reporting the night forecast if it is significantly different such as higher winds or winds from a different direction. Anywise, look it over and see what you think. Gonna take some practice to get used to it. This morning was my first shot at it and I fumbled a lot. Good luck!
Many thanks to Tony, XE2/K6IGZ



Older (some non-working) weather info:
Inside Passages
Read "SYNOPSIS FOR FAR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST"
Then scroll down to: "WATERS FROM SAN MATEO POINT TO THE MEXICAN BORDER EXTENDING 30 TO 60 NM OUT INCLUDING SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND" Read the Preamble, Today and Tonight

These are a little jumbled from what we're used to. Hopefully solematesantiago will be back soon.

http://sonrisanet.org/Passage_Reports_Folder/Outside_Passage.html

or Outside the Baja two day report, 28.806173508854776,-116.004638671875

Sea of Cortez two day report, 27.00040800352175,-110.9014892578125

Mazatlan to Banderas Bay two day report, 21.833203,-110.449683,6





All collected links follow:


National Hurricane Center
Check for Pacific cyclones in hurricane season only. Quick this time of year, it should say "No tropical cyclones".


Solemates
This is the most used: Click on "Outside of the Baja" or "The Sea of Cortez" and you get the info all ready to read on the air. Most of the time it has the high seas forecast word for word you could get away with just using it.

NOAA's Surface Analysis


Baja Mexico Marine Weather Forecast | BUOYWEATHER.COM
Quickly click on a spot offshore and make notes. i.e. San Quntin....get the morning wind, afternoon wind and sea state. If you want to go out 2 days note that also. I use San Quntin, midway between Cedros Island and the San Carlos (outside) anchorage, midpoint between Turtle and Mag, and midway between Mag and Cabo on the outside. Then the inside, Gonzaga, BLA, N. Crossing, Loreto, La Paz and South crossing...usualy without the sea state as it directly follows the wind. I also add Mazatlan, Banderas Bay and some point south of Cabo Corrientes. All these mainland spots are very mellow and predictable this time of year, i.e. calm mornings, sea breeze in the afternoon.


Sonrisa
You can also take a quick look at the Sonrisa website and see if Geary agrees with your report. He has a one-liner as a banner, i.c. Strong Northerlies, etc. If you drill down, there are endless wx details you might be interested in


Tom, AA6TP, uses these in sequence:
Enhanced Infrared Satellite - GOES West Current
National Hurricane Center: High Seas Forecast (Tropical NE Pacific)
NOAA Coastal Waters Forecast: San Diego
North American Surface Map
NOAA Hourly Weather Roundup: San Diego
Mexicali: Local Weather Report
La Paz: Local Weather Report
San Jose del Cabo: Local Weather Report
Puerto Vallarta: Local Weather Report
Buoy Weather Map: Baja
Buoy Weather Map: Mexico (Pacific)
San Diego Zone Forecast