Google Canada marine weather and first hit is
which displays a graphic map - wow - the Arctic is under a big RED warning.
So I carefully click on the location I think is Queen Maud. What appears is:
Another graphic with more detailed areas - why not revise this graphic into east-west zones instead of the previous larger scale - you will note the error from the previous map saying there is a very large scale RED warning when the below map shows just a single RED warning area. Hummm.... maybe this is a scare tactic to keep boaters in port? :-)
Not really "Weather Conditions" for LARSEN but ANOTHER DAMN GRAPHIC TO CLICK.
I think this Canadian Weather system was designed by a WEBMASTER who enjoys clicking... undoubtedly Windoz trained.
Clicking on a nearby weather station named GATESHEAD ISLAND produces yet another graphic:
Wrongly named LARSEN when it is GATESHEAD ISLAND.
I now have the marine forecast and current weather conditions for a Canadian location. Lets try the USA National Weather System for a marine forecast.
Google "USA marine weather" and this link appears http://www.weather.gov/ which opens a graphic:
Lets check what is going on at the top of Alaska, aka Point Barrow so I click the Alaska map which open a graphic at http://pafg.arh.noaa.gov/
Once more click on Barrow produces http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?zoneid=PKZ235 with graphics:
There are links to tide information, text only forecast and printable forecast.
And just for the record there was a very nice link on the previous page:
With all of the Offshore Forecast for the US Arctic Waters.
While NOT perfect it is missing a link for SEA ICE. A bit of searching does produce a link: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/ice.php which should be on the original webpage - HEADS UP NOAA NWS ARCTIC WEBMASTER.
WHAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE:
1) A large graphic with individual zones that reduces the need to click over and over to "drill-down" - see: http://www.weather.gov/ add a full size Alaska zone map below the USA 48 on the same webpage. Saves two clicks.
2) A unified sidebar menu - different USA zones with different menus are confusing - shouldn't the sidebar menus be listed alphabetically?
3) A query or search bar for drilling down within the NWS website - not the web.
4) PLEASE ADD an advance user interface - lat/long period query producing a KML downloadable animated weather meta data file. Much like GRIB files except for use with Google Earth. There are KML files for sea ice - why not for all weather?
BOTTOM LINE - KUDOS TO THE NWS - GREAT USER FRIENDLY PRESENTATION - PLEASE KEEP MAKING IMPROVEMENTS FOR MARINERS AT SEA TO FIND AND DOWNLOAD OVER SATCOM THE DATA THEY NEED FOR SAFETY AT SEA.