The above map is a SAMPLE wind report with typical conditions for the season
Want to see what the conditions are in the Atlantic today and for the next few days?
With information taken from the North American computerised weather models, you can see expected wind strength, wave height, pressure, cloud cover, rainfall and sea temperature for the next 5 days. Click forward and back every 3 hours using the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons.
NOTE THAT THE PASSAGEWEATHER MAPS SHOW THE NORTH ATLANTIC – ITS A BIG PLACE, SO PLEASE LOOK AT ONLY THE DETAIL FOR THE ROUTE WE ARE TAKING – FROM THE CANARIES TO BARBADOS
Our route will take us between south west from the Canaries until we pick up the steady tradewinds when we will turn gradually west for Barbados. The tradewinds should be blowing at about 15 or 20 knots (95% certainty in December).
The first Passageweather chartlet shows windspeed. The feathered arrows show the direction of the wind – and the there is 10knots of wind for every full feather on the arrow. The colours also show windspeed. 15 to 30 knots (dark blue, light or dark green) would be expected and are ideal for Ocean Free. 30-50 knots wind (yellow/orange/red) is getting tougher but quite manageable. Anything purple and above (50knots plus) would be considered “serious” – but very unlikely on this route at this time of year (Serious storms are 1 per 200 years probability for December on this route)
Turning to the bottom chart on the first page of the Passageweather page – wave height and direction. Again we would expect 2 to 4 meter waves from astern – these are easy to manage. And roughly the same colour codes apply – anything getting into deep red or purple is to be avoided! Wave direction is also interesting. We would prefer the wave direction to be from astern (or nearly astern) and from the same direction as the wind. It gets a bit less comfortable if there is wind from behind and a swell from the side – and this may happen as we approach the Caribbean.
Click here for today’s Passagemaker maps fro the Canaries to Caribbean route.