Weather Resources


I use these weather resources to learn about general conditions in an area of interest, and to determine current conditions before heading out on a trip.

Real-time Sensors

In Alaska: AOOS Sensors Portal

  • Statewide temperatures, highs, lows
  • Remote ice-skating: Checking Bethel-area webcams for snow on the ground, and wind stations to determine which direction we should go.

Historical Conditions

In Alaska: AOOS Historical Sensors Layer

  • After running a remote river, I might check the nearest stream flow gauges to get a sense for relative flow levels, e.g., was that peak flow?
  • Does Iliamna Lake have a regular wind direction?
  • Compare stream flow and a major precipitation event to get a sense for how quickly water levels change.



SpotWx is a simple and elegant interface for exploring model parameters at specific coordinates.

In Alaska


Curious which forecasts are most accurate in your area? Try ForecastAdvisor (not useful in remote locations).

On the trip

  • Using your in-town contact
  • Garmin inReach weather service
  • wx2inreach is an incredibly powerful service for the inReach that allows you to schedule and receive text forecasts from various sources, elevations, other locations, etc.

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