To get to the Solent Now page from the home page,
click on About the Solent
Click on Solent Now in the dropdown menu
The Solent Now page on this website is like a newspaper. It has a massive amount of content that can be accessed quite easily. Below we describe the second item, about Solent Weather; how it works, and how to use it. To discover the Solent Now access to
A: National Weather
Inshore waters f/c (Met Office)
• Scroll down the page till the heading National Weather is visible
• Click the underlined text to the right of the words “Inshore Waters Forecast”
• On the map, hover over the number 7. A box will appear saying “Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis”
• Left click
• The forecast for the area Selsey Bill to Lyme Regis appears in a panel to the right of the map.
Pressure Chart (Met Office)
To view the pressure chart follow these steps
• Click on the underlined text to the right of the words “Pressure Chart”
• What you will see looks like the chart at the top right of this blog page. It is the ACTUAL position at the last midnight.
• Click on the triangular play button at the bottom left of the chart to see a time sequence of weather maps at 12 hour intervals stretching to about 3 days ahead
• Click on the time bar at the bottom to jump to a specific point in time
• Click on the Black and White tab at the top of the weather map. This will display the traditional Admiralty format, complete with a geostrophic scale from which wind speeds can be estimated. This is the format that is available from the international weatherfax service via SSB radio.
• The same set of forecast maps are available as for the colour chart.
B: Solent Weather
On the right is a met office app which is set to show weather details for Cowes for five days ahead. Cowes because it is more or less in the centre of the Solent.
• Hover over the buttons at the top of the Cowes panel to see any weather warnings
• Hover over the other icons on the app to get more detail.
• Double left click on any black space among the icons, and the picture expands.
• (If you wish you can change from forecast to observations or climate using the drop down at top left, but we leave you to explore that for yourself)
• Select an option from the tabs at the top (Five day, Map, Timeline, Temp Range, Text f/c). Five day is one of the more useful tabs. As can be seen below, it shows the forecast weather attributes , for the rest of today and the next 4 days, at 3 hourly intervals. It is frequently amazingly accurate up to about 3 days ahead, and a good guide thereafter.
• (Note that in the box above the display you can change the location by inserting a location or postcode)
Actual Solent Weather
To the left of the Cowes apps there are a series of links to weather stations around the Solent. The first four are provided and operated by the respective harbour authorities. Each provides actual wind data and plots, tide gauge and air pressure/temp. Chimet also provides wave heights at Chichester Bar. A wind plot for Bramblemet is shown below
Hurst is slightly different in the way it works. It concentrates on wind data, and it is usually the windiest place in the Solent, especially in SW gales. The site was designed to run using Internet explorer, and usually it is necessary to click on the text on the left which says “This page is designed for viewing with Microsoft Internet Explorer. If the data table does not show please click here for trial graph page.” Then the graphs appear, and if you scroll down, some fascinating data is displayed – see below.
From the Hurst anemometer, there are also links to the weather instruments at Lymington, Yarmouth and Portland.
C: Tidal Predictions (Admiralty Hydrographer)
To open the Admiralty Easy Tide page, with tide predictions for the next 7 days, find the text that says “Click here for tide predictions” and click on the underlined text. We have set this for Portsmouth because that is the most usual reference port for pilot books and tidal stream diagrams. You can change the port by going to the very top right of this page and clicking ‘predict’. Thereafter, follow the instructions.
We have also included a set of tidal stream diagrams for the Solent that can be accessed by clicking the underlined text in the sentence “For a useful set of tidal stream charts, click here”