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Tampa Bay Marine Channels Forecast (MCF)

The Tampa Bay Marine Channel Forecast is designed to aid local pilots by providing them with meteorological and oceanographic forecasts at 13 stations located along the marine channels. Click on any station pins to view their data product.

The forecasts are provided by NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office and by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) Tampa Bay Operational Forecast System (TBOFS). The water level observation data is from the NOS/CO-OPS Tampa Bay PORTS®.

More information about NOAA/NWS forecast parameters, weather types and hazards, please visit this page.

Disclaimer:
The Tampa Bay Operational Forecast System (TBOFS) and Tampa Bay Marine Channels Forecast (TBMCF) have been implemented by NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS) and National Weather Service (NWS) to provide the maritime user community with short-term forecasts of water levels, winds, currents, significant wave height and period, probability of precipitation, probability of visibility less than 1 statute mile, weather and hazards of the Tampa Bay. TBOFS uses a numerical hydrodynamic model to generate the nowcast and forecast information; therefore, TBOFS and TBMCF should be considered as model-generated forecast guidance. For more detailed information related to the OFS disclaimer, please visit at the Disclaimers web page.

Water Level and Currents Cross-Sections


Water Level Forecast Guidance: These water level graphics were created from the latest TBOFS forecast guidance in the Tampa Bay. The complete forecast is for the next 48 hours of the water levels as simulated by TBOFS whose input is from the National Weather Service's 4km North American Model (NAM4) and Global operational Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS).

Currents Forecast Guidance: These near surface current velocity graphics were created from the latest TBOFS forecast guidance in the Tampa Bay. The complete forecast is for the next 48 hours of currents as simulated by TBOFS whose input is from the National Weather Service's 4km North American Model (NAM4), Extra Tropical Storm Surge (ETSS) model and Global Operational Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS).

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The Tampa Bay Marine Channel Forecast is designed to aid local pilots by providing them with meteorological and oceanographic forecasts at 13 stations located along the marine channels.

The forecasts are provided by NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office and by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) Tampa Bay Operational Forecast System (TBOFS). The water level observation data is from the NOS/CO-OPS Tampa Bay PORTS®.

More information about NOAA/NWS forecast parameters, weather types and hazards, please visit this page.

Waves and Precipitation Cross-Sections


Probability of Precipitation Forecast: These probability of precipitation along-channel cross-sections were created from the latest NOAA/NWS National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ndfd/) guidance. The forecasts are hourly. The NDFD consists of gridded forecasts of sensible weather elements (e.g., cloud cover, maximum temperature). NDFD contains a seamless mosaic of digital forecasts from NWS field offices working in collaboration with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Significant Wave Height and Wave Period Forecast: These significant wave height along-channel cross-sections and wave period map-view graphics were created from the latest NOAA/NWS Nearshore Wave Prediction System (NWPS; http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/nwps/) wave model guidance. The forecasts are 3-hourly (i.e. there is a single value forecasted for each 3-hour interval). Input to NWPS is from forecaster-developed wind grids produced in AWIPS, the operational WAVEWATCH III model, SWAN, the Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS-Global), the Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS), and/or the probabilistic model P-SURGE.

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The Tampa Bay Marine Channel Forecast is designed to aid local pilots by providing them with meteorological and oceanographic forecasts at 13 stations located along the marine channels.

The forecasts are provided by NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office and by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) Tampa Bay Operational Forecast System (TBOFS). The water level observation data is from the NOS/CO-OPS Tampa Bay PORTS®.

More information about NOAA/NWS forecast parameters, weather types and hazards, please visit this page.

Visibility and Winds Cross-Sections


Probability of Visibility Less than 1 Statute Mile Forecast: These visibility along-channel cross-sections and map-view graphics were created from the latest experimental probabilistic visibility forecast generated by the NOAA/NWS/Weather Forecast Office in Tampa Bay, FL. The forecasts are 3-hourly (i.e. there is a single value forecasted for each 3-hour interval).

Winds Forecast: These winds along-channel cross-sections and map-view graphics were created from the latest NOAA/NWS National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ndfd/) guidance. The forecasts are hourly. The NDFD consists of gridded forecasts of sensible weather elements (e.g., cloud cover, maximum temperature). NDFD contains a seamless mosaic of digital forecasts from NWS field offices working in collaboration with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

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The Tampa Bay Marine Channel Forecast is designed to aid local pilots by providing them with meteorological and oceanographic forecasts at 13 stations located along the marine channels.

The forecasts are provided by NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office and by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) Tampa Bay Operational Forecast System (TBOFS). The water level observation data is from the NOS/CO-OPS Tampa Bay PORTS®.

More information about NOAA/NWS forecast parameters, weather types and hazards, please visit this page.

Along-Channel Cross-Sections


The Tampa Bay Marine Channel Forecast is designed to aid local pilots by providing them with meteorological and oceanographic forecasts at 13 stations located along the marine channels.

The forecasts are provided by NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Tampa Bay Area Weather Forecast Office and by the National Ocean Service (NOS) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) Tampa Bay Operational Forecast System (TBOFS). The water level observation data is from the NOS/CO-OPS Tampa Bay PORTS®.

More information about NOAA/NWS forecast parameters, weather types and hazards, please visit this page.

Water Level Forecast Guidance: These water level graphics were created from the latest TBOFS forecast guidance in the Tampa Bay. The complete forecast is for the next 48 hours of the water levels as simulated by TBOFS whose input is from the National Weather Service's 4km North American Model (NAM4) and Global operational Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS).

Currents Forecast Guidance: These near surface current velocity graphics were created from the latest TBOFS forecast guidance in the Tampa Bay. The complete forecast is for the next 48 hours of currents as simulated by TBOFS whose input is from the National Weather Service's 4km North American Model (NAM4), Extra Tropical Storm Surge (ETSS) model and Global Operational Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS).

Probability of Precipitation Forecast: These probability of precipitation along-channel cross-sections were created from the latest NOAA/NWS National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ndfd/) guidance. The forecasts are hourly. The NDFD consists of gridded forecasts of sensible weather elements (e.g., cloud cover, maximum temperature). NDFD contains a seamless mosaic of digital forecasts from NWS field offices working in collaboration with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Probability of Visibility Less than 1 Statute Mile Forecast: These visibility along-channel cross-sections and map-view graphics were created from the latest experimental probabilistic visibility forecast generated by the NOAA/NWS/Weather Forecast Office in Tampa Bay, FL. The forecasts are 3-hourly (i.e. there is a single value forecasted for each 3-hour interval).

Winds Forecast: These winds along-channel cross-sections and map-view graphics were created from the latest NOAA/NWS National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD; http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ndfd/) guidance. The forecasts are hourly. The NDFD consists of gridded forecasts of sensible weather elements (e.g., cloud cover, maximum temperature). NDFD contains a seamless mosaic of digital forecasts from NWS field offices working in collaboration with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

Significant Wave Height and Wave Period Forecast: These significant wave height along-channel cross-sections and wave period map-view graphics were created from the latest NOAA/NWS Nearshore Wave Prediction System (NWPS; http://polar.ncep.noaa.gov/nwps/) wave model guidance. The forecasts are 3-hourly (i.e. there is a single value forecasted for each 3-hour interval). Input to NWPS is from forecaster-developed wind grids produced in AWIPS, the operational WAVEWATCH III model, SWAN, the Real-Time Ocean Forecast System (RTOFS-Global), the Extratropical Surge and Tide Operational Forecast System (ESTOFS), and/or the probabilistic model P-SURGE.


Revised: 10/15/2013
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