Note: for TC's see the Tropical Cyclone page and for Tsunami see the Natural Hazards page.

South Pacific Commentary

Bob Blog Weathergram - Bob McDavitt's ideas for sailing around the South Pacific (and text only viersion)



Surface Observations

Ocean surface wind mosaics for NZ and Oceanic areas here at Weather Geek - data sourced via NOAA (see below)
Winds via NOAA: ASCAT METOP-A / ASCAT METOP-B / WindSAT - with links to storm data in product list
Winds via EUMETSAT / OSI SAF - multi-platform / ASCAT-A / ASCAT-B / ScatSat


New Zealand MetService - homepage
» NZ MetService Marine Warnings (coastal and oceanic areas)
» High Seas Forecasts - Subtropic, Forties, Pacific and Southern
» Coastal Forecasts
» Recreational Marine Forecasts - inshore forecasts
» Boating Forecasts
» Beach and Surf Forecasts

Fiji Meteorological Service - homepage - see left menu for products, including;
» South West Pacific Marine for the "Islands" Marine Weather Bulletin

Australia Bureau of Meteorology - homepage
» Ocean Warnings Summary (Metarea X)
» High Seas Forecasts - map or list to select area
» National Warnings Summary - including Land, Coastal and Ocean warnings

High Seas forecasts and warnings also available via OMM-JCOMM-GMDSS website for Metarea XIV (NZ/Fiji) and Metarea X (Aus)


Waves and Swell


Northport Weather - wave buoys as well as port conditions
Port of Tauranga - incl wave height, wind direcstion, tide and current information
Environment BoP - wave buoy
Port Taranaki - swell, wave, tide and wind data
Tory East Head - max/sig wave and period
Golden Bay - waves, wind, air and sea temps
Tasman Bay - wind and air temp
Lyttelton Port Wave Buoy - located approx 7km NE of Adderley Head
Environment Canterbury - Directional Wave Recorder Buoy

NIWA sea levels and storm surge

Fiji Wave Buoy - southwest side of Viti Levu

Southern Ocean wave buoy - via MetOcean

Australia/NZ marine obs map - Oceanweather Inc.


NIWA Canterbury Wave Conditions

SwellMap - swell forecast charts from MetOcean Solutions Ltd.
Swellnet - nice visualisation of swell/wind/pressure - all-in-one page
Marineweather - with animated swell charts and graphs
SwellWatch - with North/South Island maps and bar graphs via - NZ Virtual Buoy Map
FNMOC Wave Watch 3 - Global wave model (via "WW3" links)
» or straight to South Pacific maps of swell wave height and direction
NOAA Wavewatch III - Global wave model (interactive interface) - wave height/direction for Australia/NZ



Land Information NZ - Tide Tables for standard and secondary ports
» see also standard port tide levels for spring/neap/astronomical tide levels
MetService - Tide Tables for selected locations (using LINZ data)
NIWA Tide Forecaster - with interactive map
NIWA Storm-tide red-alert days - calendar showing the highest tides of the year


Sea surface temperatures

FishTrack - SST for North NZ and South NZ

JAXA Himawari Monitor - interactive map - select SST from product menu
NASA/JPL - make SST charts for custom areas

SST and anomaly maps - NOAA OSPO
NOAA OISST - daily map and anomaly
SST - many plots (incl totals and anomalies) via NOAA ESRL PSD
SST and anomaly plots from
SST and anomaly maps - static images via WeatherBELL (generally 2-day averaged maps)
Daily optimally interpolated SST - static image with history, from Remote Sensing Systems
Australian Bureau of Meteorology - monthly mean and anomaly (last month)


Ice and Polar Data

NOAA National Ice Center
» including products page with a link to a request form for ice edge text files (select ASCII)
» Antarctic Icebergs - current/recent positions
Polar View - with interactive map and several layers for the Antarctic sea ice
NSIDC Sea Ice Index - with images and graphs for both Arctic and Antarctic, along with Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis
» SH: Antarctic daily extent and concentration maps, also extent graph
» NH: Arctic daily extent and concentration maps, also extent graph
ADS interactive sea ice extent graphs: Antarctic and Arctic
Compilation of many daily graphs and links - mostly Arctic

NCEP Global GFS Vessel Icing Forecasts - animations and static images

Antarctic real-time meteorological data - University of Wisconsin-Madison AWS and AMRC
» including AWS/Ship observations, satellite imagery and NWP data


Ship Info - track ships in real-time
APRS Ship Tracking - another site for real-time ship tracking