If you’re on the way to your GBC boat rental, a phone app is a great way to stay apprised of the latest weather.
The weather in South Florida is hyperlocal, and while it may seem like a great boating day from shore, it’s always a good idea to check the current and future weather conditions.
One minute it’s sunny, one minute it’s pouring rain:
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Myradar.com is a popular weather radar app for iOS and Android that offers high-definition radar, weather alerts, weather forecasts, temperature, and more.
Knowwake is an app for iOS or Android that is a guide to wake restrictions.
Zones can change hourly, and Knowwake’s self-updating, color-coded maps help boaters stay within the speed limit. But it’s also a handy weather guide, with live webcams and information on weather, tides, and more.
There are many websites that offer weather and marine information, but here are some of our GBC captains’ favorites:
Palm Beach County provides web cameras at its three inlets as a public service. These cameras provide viewers with images of ocean and weather conditions along the coast at the inlets and adjacent beaches.
The South Lake Worth (“Boynton”) page is here.
These “inlet cams” refresh every 15 minutes, giving you as accurate a picture of current ocean conditions as is possible.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) [http://www.noaa.gov/] offers a local marine forecast, which is a helpful guide to whether waters are rough or calm, or if there is small craft advisory, rip currents, etc.
Here’s the Miami / South Florida Weather Forecast Office.
Windfinder is a free-to-use weather website for boat captains, sailors, kitesurfers, windsurfers, surfers, paragliders and other wind-related activities.
Find wind, waves, weather, webcams and tides for more than 40,000 locations worldwide.
Here’s the Delray/Lake Ida page. Windfinder also offers an app for iOS and Android.
Wunderground (Weather Underground) is a great one-stop website for weather, with accurate radar and up-to-date advisories.
Whichever weather website or app you choose, remember that conditions can change quickly.
Any boater that navigates through Palm Beach County’s inlets and into open water does so at his or her own risk.
Safety is Gulfstream Boat Club’s number-one priority, and we are checking conditions constantly. If you have questions about how weather could affect your day on the water, please call us anytime at 561.865.7797!