|About Ocean Prediction Center
Ocean Application Branch
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Receiving Our Products through E-mail
Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules For Our Products
Ships at sea receive analysis and forecast graphical products issued by our office. The products are transmitted by the U.S.C.G. through High Frequency (HF) single side band (SSB) shortwave
signals which are decoded by Weather FAX receivers aboard vessels at sea.
HF-SSB Radiofacsimile Schedules
World Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules
Broadcast Schedules Of Coastal/Offshore/High Seas Voice Products
Guides To Using Our Products
Outline of Ocean Prediction Center Products
- Marine Weather
The analysis and forecast of marine weather are created for several areas. The offshore products
includes the coastal and offshore waters close to the mainland of the U.S.A. and
the High Seas for areas well offshore and the offshore areas north of roughly 30N in the North
Atlantic and North Pacific.
- Ocean Products
In addition ocean analysis and forecast products cover a larger areal
extent than the marine weather. The products available include Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) and currents over much of the
the Atlantic and Pacific basins.
Other National Weather Service Offices that provide similar
"marine weather" products as the Ocean Prediction Center include:
- National Hurricane Center
- National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office
- Atlantic & Pacific
- Briefing list of latest text and graphical products
NWS text forecasts with coastal, offshore, and high
seas areas. Also includes International text forecasts
Use the link below to get text messages, maps of forecast
areas, and the issuing forecast office which includes international offices.
- Unified Surface Analysis
The Unified Surface Analysis sphere includes the Atlantic and
Pacific oceans, and includes North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia
continents by combining weather analyses from the National Weather Service Offices of
the Ocean Prediction Center (OPC), Hydrometeorlogical Prediction Center (HPC),
National Hurricane Center (NHC), and the Honolulu Forecast Office (HFO).
- Unified Analyses
Extratropical Storm Surge model produces numerical storm surge guidance for
extratropical weather systems out to day 4 along the United States coastline. The model uses
real time output of wind and pressure from the NCEP Global Forecast System (GFS).
Composite analysis images of satellite-derived sea surface
temperatures (SST) and forecast SST & currents which includes the Atlantic
Archived Versions Of Products
Text and Graphics
- Marine weather loops are available for the past 14 days.
- Archived marine weather charts are available online from NCDC for the past year.
- NCDC for official certified copies of the latest and past marine weather products more than 1 year ago.
- Access archived OPC products
The experimental products are not yet operational, but are planned to be
operational in the future.
Satellite imagery for oceanic areas that encompass the Ocean
Prediction Center areas of responsibility and include outside regions.
Quality Control Of Marine Observations
Real-time interactive quality control of worldwide surface marine
meteorological data is performed by meteorologist at our office
prior to being assimilated into numerical model guidance.