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Links I use to check the tropics

Overall view - check every day https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Good for wind analysis, ADT scores, and everything else  - check whenever potential http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/

Recon - check when active storm http://tropicalatlantic.com/recon/

Radars - http://andrew.rsmas.miami.edu/bmcnoldy/tropics/radar/

Sea Surface Temps - https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/sst/

Tropical cyclone Model tracks  - https://ruc.noaa.gov/tracks/

Satellite floaters - check when active storm - http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/floaters.html

National Data Buoy Center - check out water temps, winds, wave heights, pressure at buoys near or in the path of a cyclone (helpful in winter as well)  https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/

Tropical Tidbits - check every day.  This link is just for the tropical storm page, but also you can get recon, satellite and models as well.  https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/storminfo/

Ocean Prediction Center - maps and analysis from NOAA for Atlantic and Pacific oceans.  Also helpful in the winter.  https://www.opc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Weather Underground - real time personal weather stations - used during storms to see where the winds are.  https://www.wunderground.com/wundermap

FSU Model page - http://moe.met.fsu.edu/tcgengifs/

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Model information - sites I've bookmarked for model information.  In order of favorites, general sites first.

Tropical Tidbits - best, easiest and fastest imaging of major models.  Makes gifs   https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/analysis/models/

Pivotal Weather - best, but not the easiest or fastest and makes gifs. http://www.pivotalweather.com/model.php

Accuweather Pro - you have to pay, but you get every layer and measurement possible with detail down to the state.  Graphics are a little behind TT and PW and loads much slower, but the amount of info is amazing.  Also has ECMWF and EPS runs as well.  http://proa.accuweather.com/pro/animator/plus/animator.asp

NCEP - terrible graphics, usually loads on par with TT or PW.  Contains most US models.  http://mag.ncep.noaa.gov/model-guidance-model-area.php

NCEP Plume Viewer - gives plumes to certain locations - used to monitor trends in the short range models.  https://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/sref/srefplumes/

E-Wall - classic model page.  Used to be the go to but the graphics got much better on other sites.  Also has a tropical section thats pretty good.   http://mp1.met.psu.edu/~fxg1/ewall.html

Instant Weather Maps - terrible graphics, but loads fast.  Also has good amount of info for free, but you have to pay to access regional views and more advanced models.  http://www.instantweathermaps.com/

Weather US - Ryan Maue's site.  Have to pay to get most of the models, but free runs are available.  I've become too annoyed with the coming and going of models on this site from free to pay to use it much more, but it was great when it was available and I suppose its great if you pay, but I already pay TT and Accupro.  http://wx.graphics/

Weatheronline (UK) - has more free model info - https://www.weatheronline.co.uk/cgi-bin/expertcharts?LANG=en&MENU=0000000000&CONT=namk&MODELL=ecmwfens&MODELLTYP=2&BASE=-&VAR=sslp&HH=144&ARCHIV=0&ZOOM=0&PERIOD=&WMO=

Specialized sites (or sites I use for specialized purposes)

Meteocentre.com   - Canadian weather site I use mostly for the UKMET.  Also has the JMA 4x/day, CMC, Euro , DWD-Icon (German) and NCEP models.  Can click the French or British flag for french or english version.  http://meteocentre.com/numerical-weather-prediction/forecast-systems.php?lang=fr

CMC site for fast loading Candian models - http://collaboration.cmc.ec.gc.ca/cmc/cmdn/pcpn_type/pcpn_type_gem_reg.html

And the official Canadian site - https://weather.gc.ca/ensemble/index_e.html

Plymouth State - used to use for free UKMET and ECMWF, but its really more than just models.  http://vortex.plymouth.edu/myo/fx/ctrmap.html

NCEP multimodel site - I find this to be tough to use but has various tracks.  Typically used for tropical systems.   https://ruc.noaa.gov/hfip/tcgen/

HRRR (watch out cause as they update the link changes) - https://rapidrefresh.noaa.gov/hrrr/HRRR/Welcome.cgi?dsKey=hrrr_ncep_jet

 HRRR Ens Viewer    https://www.spc.noaa.gov/exper/href/index.php?model=href&product=sfct_mean&sector=ne&rd=20180301&rt=1200

ECMWF - the agency that brings you the Euro.  Terrible graphics and never sure it will be available.  https://www.ecmwf.int/en/forecasts/charts/catalogue/medium-mslp-wind850?facets=Range,Medium (15 days)&time=2018081300,0,2018081300&projection=classical_north_america

For Text outputs - http://www.wxcaster.com/models_text.htm

FIM Model - only check when you're really bored waiting for the next 24 hr of the Euro - https://fim.noaa.gov/FIM/

Brazilian - yes, there is a model put out by Brazil and its often cited by JB whenever it fits his needs.  http://previsaonumerica.cptec.inpe.br/~rpnum/meteogramas/meteo_acopladot062.shtml

CRAS Model - most derided model in the old Accuforms, even more so than the DGEX. http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/cras/

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Mobile awips console (a free mobile subset of the tools available for subscription on the full product): https://simuawips.com/mobile

Some radar, analysis , boundaries, a few models, satellite, lightning, and more, etc as overlays on several map domains for mobile phone

Make sure to play around with all the sub menus. Can be handy.

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I don't go here often, but WeatherBug actually has a decent quick look and links to cams and PWS www.weatherbug.com

I go to these sites nearly every morning, first thing


WPC (especially the "disco" pages)

And when you need to know if the radar is showing QPF that is not virga - you go to the METAR sites - here's the one I like

METAR sites

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A bunch more I couldn't classify but  use often

SPC Meso Analysis - this is used nearly every storm https://www.spc.noaa.gov/sfctest/new/viewsector.php?sector=19&parm=pmsl

WPC Winter guidance - https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/pwpf/wwd_accum_probs.php?ftype=probabilities&fpd=24&ptype=snow

Unisys (typically for pressure drops)  http://weather.unisys.com/current-weather/surface-data?image=3p&inv=0&t=cur

Climate maps by region - https://hprcc.unl.edu/maps.php?map=ACISClimateMaps

NOHRSC - snow analysis http://www.nohrsc.noaa.gov/nsa/

Midatlantic snow forecast  https://www.weather.gov/images/erh/gis/MA_Snow.png

Northeast snow forecast  https://www.weather.gov/images/erh/gis/NE_Snow.png

Model bias page from WPC  https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/mdlbias/biastext.shtml#GFS

WPC model performance results - check to see which model is performing the best in day 3 to 7  https://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov/pmsl_verif/index.html

Power outages https://poweroutage.us/

Climate Reanalyzer -https://climatereanalyzer.org/wx/DailySummary/#sstanom

Many thanks to all the other members who introduced me to these resources, and Google. 

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Various EMC verification viewer. Those who know me, know my distaste for the NH views as it skews the skill scores for the CONUS. So...get a regional view utilizing the PNA option. It might not be true CONUS, but at least it hones into a region closer.



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Is it just me? Pivotal Weather has capped the 2018-09-06 18z GFS at 108 hours, and the next 2 at 102 hours. Never seen this before. Tropical tidbits seems just fine, so I'm guessing this is a new PW policy? 

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