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Marc N
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Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:01 pm

I've had a quick look through this site and I thought that maybe, a list of weather resources might be useful.

My current focus is on Auckland kayak fishing.

I've fished all over NZ, in boats and up rivers and anywhere there's water.

For 40 or so years I've been rock fishing out at Piha, through the 'hole in the rock', a place that is about as dangerous as they come.

Even on relatively calm days, a wave can dump on you and sweep you off the rocks, urban legend has it, that three or four fishermen a year, meet their end there.

So I've always paid close attention to the weather, before I head out to Piha. And I've always used a few internet sites, to gauge the weather and tide.

So I thought I'd post the following sites, in the hope that they may be of help to the Kayakers here.

And please everyone, if you have internet resources you find useful, please share them here.

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Met Service, a range of options here:

Rain radar for the last hour - http://www.metservice.com/maps-radar/ra ... ew-zealand - choose your region.

3 day rain forecast - http://www.metservice.com/maps-radar/ra ... cast-3-day - useful in that it also show wind direction and relative strength.

5 day rain forecast - http://www.metservice.com/maps-radar/ra ... cast-5-day - similar and on a bigger scale.

Surf forecast for Takapuna. http://www.metservice.com/marine/surf/takapuna-beach

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Tides:

http://www.tides4fishing.com/nz - choose your region and you can also "See map". Who knew that there was a tide table for Kauri Point (Onetaunga Bay)?

This site also displays a lot of info like wind, temp, humidity, visibility, pressure, U.V., water temp, swell, moon, etc. And they reckon they know about fish activity. This is useful. :D

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A visually impressive portrayal of the wind over New Zealand.

https://earth.nullschool.net/#current/w ... 40.15,3000

Click on 'earth' menu at bottom left and click 'Control|Now' to display current conditions.

There are a range of things to look at, Wind, Temp, etc. I like the WPD in Overlay - "Wind + Instant Wind Power Density" and MI - "Misery Index".

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Wind Guru

https://www.windguru.cz/25747

An interesting prediction service, aimed at wind/kite surfers I would imagine. Seems to be fairly accurate.

Type 'New Zealand' into the 'search spots' at top left and you'll get a list of locations.

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Windy.com

A site I came across here on the kayak fishing nz site. Looks very useful.

https://www.windy.com/?-36.887,174.771,11

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Cams, nothing like a picture :)

These are three I use for me in Auckland on the shore. Sometimes they're not updated, but usually they are working.

Harbour, from Stanley Point looking South to the central city. http://www.sitecam.co.nz/auckland_webcam/desktop.html

Takapuna, from boat ramp looking North East. http://www.windsurf.co.nz/windsurf_cam_takapuna.asp

Shoal Bay, looking South East to City. http://www.windsurf.co.nz/windsurf_cam_shoalbay.asp

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Other sites, in no particular order or usefulness:

https://magicseaweed.com/New-Zealand-Surf-Forecast/4/ - Surfing.
http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Tak ... st/six_day - Takapuna Surfing.
http://www.swellmap.com/surfing - Surfing

Cheers.
Last edited by Marc N on Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:27 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:12 pm

I'm a big fan of wundergound.com it displays data from public and private weather stations. You can set up a favourites page with stations of your choice.
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Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:40 pm

Good post! There are lots of websites I wasn't aware of.

I'm finding the predict wind app pretty useful. I think the Americas cup syndicates use this app.
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Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:09 pm

MikeAqua :: Wunderground, I'll have a look at that too, sounds interesting.

Thanks Schecter, I didn't know about the Predict Wind app, I see they also do a My Tide Times app, I've downloaded both and I'll have a play.

I tend to use my Phone in a case, when on the water with Aqua Map, but whilst not in the 'yak I use my Mac with 24" screens, big visual impact ;)
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Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:47 pm

I've tried a few, but keep coming back to SwellMap. It's pretty conservative, but conservative is good in this game!
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Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:19 pm

Whoa that earth.nullschool.net is cool. Kinda like the windy app.

I also use predict wind, and windy, both as phone apps. I sometimes use windguru for the cams.

I also have a tendency to look at trees and see how much they are rustling. Not to mention the odd flag. :D

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Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:36 am

Have you tried this one? Yes, Norway but often more accurate than Metservice. Their temperatures are always a bit low though.

http://www.yr.no/place/New_Zealand/

Put your town or village in and it will be there. Metservice is too broad.

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Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:42 am

Schecter wrote:
Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:40 pm

I'm finding the predict wind app pretty useful. I think the Americas cup syndicates use this app.
Thanks for that, I'm now using both the app and the Web site, this is a bloody good one this.

Even though I'm only using it down to 8km resolution, I don't need the paid 1km resolution, not for fishing anyhow.

I've done an awful lot of sailing over the years and if I'd had this in my racing days, it would have made a huge difference to my race results.

Mind you, I was around when the 1st iPhone was released, only 10 years ago, before that, cell phones looked like a collection of miniaturised desk phones and did, well, not much except make calls.

But to return to the topic, PredictWind.com appears to have a range of useful info (need to upgrade to use though), not just for 'yak fishing, but of all the wind sites I'm looking at, I like this one the best :y: :y: :y:
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Tue Mar 13, 2018 6:21 pm

I just found another website. https://wetmaps.co.nz/ You can choose between various data sources including Navionics and LINZ
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Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:31 am

I use the Metservice app or even better Metservice Marine app on my phone for a broadscale approach to the next few days. This does tide times too.

But for the fine scale information about the particular site I'm going to I use Windguru. It seems to be fairly accurate and can have several forecasts for the same area, which is good for confirmation. On the computer you can also see exactly what area its forecasting for by hovering over the name of the location in the search results.

I used to use MetVUW as well, which has isobar maps at three hour intervals out to several days ahead, but it relies on your own forecasting and interpretation ability.
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