I thought I had a couple of new weather sources that might be helpful to others coming this way. It turns out when I looked there were a few more than a couple. I hope they are helpful. And here they are.....
Updated Oct 3, 2012
This From Viviana in Marina di Ragusa, Thank you Viviana, Ciao!
For Croatia, Montenegro and the Eastern Adriatic.
Go to Forecasts on the top bar then click on Marine Forecast and an updated Map will appear with the stations where you will find wind and waves. There are other text forecasts and warnings on this site as well:
Zygrib For the World....
This is a program that can be downloaded and then updated over the internet. It also has the facility to email you requested updates in small file sizes if you are using a satellite phone or mail-a-sail or Sailmail over SSB radio during offshore passages. The UI is very user friendly, the resolution is very detailed it offers different grib models and options The amount of user selected information that can be displayed is voluminous and it includes the 500mb charts for tracking low Pressure systems.
It was suggested to me by Frank Singleton of UK meteorology fame and it is free.
Weather reports used by Commercial and private Pilots. This one is a little more obscure and requires some study to be able to read the rapid fire, abbreviated terms pilots use. It is very helpful, though, in regions where there is a commercial airport and you cannot find a marine weather forecast for the small local area you are moored in. Just enter the city and country name in the search field. There may be more up to date sites on the net but at least here you can see what is available. You can find an explanation for the format in the link below.
UK Weather Charts:
This one is handy to get a big picture feel for the weather systems that are transiting your area. The actual weather charts are one of the few places where you will see the Highs, Lows, fronts, troughs and ridges presented in an easy to understand pictoral format.
Navtex is another valuable tool and has the advantage of being available via a separate receiver on board. I use the Furuno Navtex NX-300. It is always working away in the background and displays the reports from the local area you are located in.
Walt Paul of the CCA has a great explanation of Navtex and other off shore communications and electronics here:
These reports are also available on the internet and can be found here:
Weather Router..... Commanders' Weather
When all appears uncertain and you have a long passage ahead of you, or you just want some experts helping with your personal planning, we highly recommend "Commanders' Weather" as a routing service. We have not used them within the Med but they are very familiar with these waters. They were very helpful to us for our passage across the Atlantic and the information was timely, accurate and they tracked our progress and sent updates when serious weather was ahead. Just do a Google search using their name.
These below are the original links posted Nov11, 2011 @13:21:41....:
A second site for Greece is below This was given to me by a retired cruise ship captain and now larger charter boat skipper named Andreas, in Santorini; just click on the small map inside:
Click on English, then just click on the town or city below on the map
Click on "English" and then put your cursor on the region of Italy, you are interested in.
Charts for the Med:
Wind finder has changed for the better, with charts of grib files.
Passage weather is improving as well, with better graphic presentations and smaller grib areas.
I think these guys, as well as Sailmail, all use the same GFS model.