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  1. #11
    Swellinfo-

    I definitely prefer the Swellinfo models to the Magicseaweed models. Take my home area (southern NC) for example. The Bogue Pier (Emerald Isle) models are grossly inflated (every day over 5ft- I wish!) while the Oceanic Pier (Wrightsville Beach) models are usually smaller than they should be.

    I think, however, that the MSW is a bit easier to read. The 'detailed' summery makes a nice chart that shows the swell hight, swell period, swell direction, wind speed, and wind direction every 3 hours. Its easier to determine the wind and swell direction this chart vice the large area maps that you provide. Of course, it doesn't matter if its easy to read if its not accurate. I usually use a combination of the two.

    I hope this helps if you ever decide to redesign the site. Your forecasts are better, but the MSW gives easier to read (but often inaccurate) information.

    One thing i would like you to bring back- the 'Hot Spot" that used to be on the right column of the homepage. Its cool to see who's catching it big while your stuck in a flat spell.

    I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say thank you for this site and all of your hard work.

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    your welcome. the swell plots and wind timeline are every 6 hours right now. I have some cool ideas that I hope to implement in the not so distant future, where the timeline will be broken down hour by hour.

  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Swellinfo View Post
    Do you guys find Magic Seaweed useful for things outside of Swellinfo?

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    quite the oppposite...i don't find it useful at all. Like you said, it seems to be a site that takes model data (WWIII) and tries to convert that raw data into surf spot forecasts in a very crude manner. It doesn't even seem to handle basic surf forecasting details like swell vs. wind wave and swell direction vs. coastal orientation very well.
    Last edited by South Bethany; Mar 25, 2008 at 01:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by South Bethany View Post
    quite the oppposite...i don't find it useful at all. Like you said, it seems to be a site that takes model data (WWIII) and tries to convert that raw data into surf spot forecasts in a very crude manner. It doesn't even seem to handle basic surf forecasting details like swell vs. wind wave and swell direction vs. coastal orientation very well.
    they dont do anything at all. just present the average wave heights that come straight from the model data. If you have a 5ft average wave height at a particular location, that could be mean that there is a 2ft swell from the SE and a 4ft wave from the W (moving away from the coast). But, there is no way to know from just taking an average wave height. Its pretty good for mariners tho.

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    I always though they showed the dominate swell not the average, but hey, I don't know much. Ask my wife if you don't believe me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieInOC View Post
    I always though they showed the dominate swell not the average, but hey, I don't know much. Ask my wife if you don't believe me!!!
    no - let me clarify a bit. Its a significant wave height measurement. Significant wave height is a measurement of the top 1/3 highest waves, by taking all of the concurrent waves in the spectrum. But these waves can be any where in the spectrum, and it doesn't sort out the individual swells. That is why, often this data can be very misleading. There could be a 6ft at 6 second NE wind swell and a 2ft and 12 second SE ground swell, so the MS numbers may read 6ft at 12 seconds.

  7. #17
    I have never like MS just look at the difference between IR and OC does not make sense. Buoyweather on the other hand I have liked for a long time, do not use it very much anymore since you came out with this site, but still use it every once in a while as back up. Buoyweather actually seems to be one of the more acurate sites, IR is always smaller than OC which is true. Swellinfo is the best then I use buoyweather and stormsurf as back up...