Tampa Bay OFS Wind Forecast Guidance

Notice: The URL web names for the OFS Station Plots, OFS Map Plots, and Model Run Status and Reports are changed:
  • New OFS Station Plots URL web page: ofs_station.html (old: ofs_station.shtml)
  • New OFS Map Plots URL web page: ofs_mapplots.html (old: ofs_animation.shtml)
  • New Model Runs Status URL web page: model_status.html (old: model_status.shtml)
  • New Model Runs Flags Reports URL web page: ofs_reports.html (old: ofs_reports.shtml)

All model nowcast and forecast information is based on a hydrodynamic model and should be considered as computer-generated nowcast and forecast guidance.


Wind Forecast Guidance
The surface wind animation depicts predicted hourly surface (33 ft [10m] above the water) winds for the next 48 hours based on weather model forecast guidance from the NOAA/NWS North American Mesoscale (NAM) Model or the Global Forecast System (GFS), if guidance from the NAM Model is not available. The hourly wind fields are created by spatially and temporally interpolating the NWS wind forecast guidance onto the TBOFS model grid. The original spatial and temporal resolutions of the NAM Model wind forecast guidance are 7.5 miles (12 km) and 3 hours, respectively. These interpolated wind fields are used by TBOFS's forecast cycle to generate oceanographic forecast guidance. The original wind products can be seen at the NWS/National Centers for Environmental Prediction web page.