Where do I get real-time and forecast coastal conditions?

National coastal conditions are available online with NOAA's nowCOAST

nowCOAST screenshot showing a storm along the Florida panhandle on May 4, 2017

Heading out on the water? Visit the nowCOAST site to view real-time and forecast tides, winds, currents, and much more.

NOAA's nowCOAST is a GIS-based webmap service that provides frequently updated ocean observations along with coastal and marine weather forecasts 24 hours a day. The free online map offers point-and-click access to 60 NOAA data products and services all in one place. With nowCOAST, you can get a one-stop-shop look at coastal conditions — real-time and forecast — before you do or plan anything on the water.

The nowCOAST map viewer displays animated observations for the past four hours and forecasts for the next seven days. The map incorporates data from NOAA's National Ocean Service; National Weather Service; and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. Data includes watches, warnings, and advisories for hazardous marine weather conditions, even far offshore. It also provides near-real-time lightning strike density data for both land and overwater areas, and hydrologic conditions and predictions from ocean forecast models.

NowCOAST is an ArcGIS-based web mapping application developed by NOAA's Coast Survey Development Laboratory and hosted in NOAA's Integrated Dissemination Program Infrastructure operated by the National Weather Service's National Centers for Environmental Prediction.

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There are two versions of nowCOAST: one version is for use by the general public and one version is enhanced for mariners. The map for mariners adds many additional features, such as raster and electronic nautical chart (RNC/ENC) underlays, National Weather Service coastal marine zone forecasts, and offshore weather observations from ships and buoys. Look for the button in the upper right corner of the application to choose which version you would like to view.

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