Buoyweather is an very powerful marine forecasting tool. It is very easy to use, and there are no other marine weather websites that can provide the scope of information. Below are a few tips on understanding model strengths and limitations and picking good marine forecast points in Lake Michigan or any other Global ocean location.
#1 - Choose Open Water Points
Choose Lake Michigan ocean location points that are away from land in open water and outside reefs. The wave model's land/sea border and bathymetry are not as refined as the actual coastline. Waves or wind may be blocked as he model doesn't always see all the small islands, points, bays or reefs. This is especially important using offshore fishing tools.
#2 - Making Lake Michigan Marine Weather a "Favorite"
Once you have chosen your forecast location and receive your wind and swell forecast, you will be able to save that spot (or any page) as a "favorite" for easy access by clicking "add this to favorites" under account tools on the left menu.
#3 - Marine Weather Data is Dynamic
Important: Lake Michigan marine forecasts are dynamically created directly from the weather data models. They have not been reviewed or created by a weather meteorologist. Model data provides a guide to general atmospheric conditions. You use this data along with your local knowledge of conditions to make your call. Use of model data is essential in forecasting and meteorology, but there are limitations to what a pure computer program and model can achieve. If you are looking for dynamic sst charts with overlays for offshore fishing, please visit Fishtrack.
#4 - Mobile Lake Michigan Marine Weather
Once your Lake Michigan forecast point is chosen you may also add the forecast to the Buoyweather mobile website, your Buoyweather App, or receive daily email forecasts/alerts for that location.
#5 - Local Topography is Important
Lake Michigan marine weather models do not factor in highly local topography that may affect actual wind speed and direction. A basic example would be if you visited Oahu, Hawaii. For a portion of Oahu, the wind accelerates due to compression while the wind is blocked on the other side of the island. The model can't see a mountain and if you know the mountain is there you can make the corrections. Every area near land has its own unique feature where you'll need to make adjustments. The models are never wrong. When the marine weather models are read correctly, and topography is taken into account, users obtain the most accurate forecast.
#6 - Storms
These are not Cyclone, Hurricane, Tropical Storm, or Typhoon forecasts. The weather models cannot resolve central pressure or wind speeds at the eye of a storm because circulations are too small. Storm forecasts are done by teams of meteorologists carefully studying enormous amounts of data. Buoyweather has a tropical storm tracking system and links to other storm resources on the left menu. IF A STORM IS NEAR, PLEASE USE THESE RESOURCES.
#7 - Understanding Your Risk
If you are in a thunderstorm prone area, those one-hour long 60 knot gusts will not show up in the model data. The Lake Michigan marine weather models can help you determine the risk if thunderstorms may occur. Since a thunderstorm or squall is a micro short term event the marine models cannot pinpoint the exact locations. Lake Michigan marine models can help evaluate the risk. If you see thunderstorm clouds on the horizon, the risk is high and always be prepared!
#8 - It's Your Call
This is easier than you think. You do not need to go back to school to study Lake Michigan marine weather meteorology to get accurate forecasts. Review and analyze the model, review the topography where your are (especially if you are near land) and by using your common knowledge and some practice, making the call will become simple! The areas where there are no meteorologists to provide forecasts is where Buoyweather supplies weather data. We have everything you need and you can do this on your own. Forecasting for yourself enables you to make the right call.