On April 7th 2011, the Bureau of Meteorology will release a new graphical marine forecast service for the Victorian waters of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay. This easy to use interface will provide maps of forecast wind and combined sea and swell at three-hour intervals for the next three days.
The maps will be generated from the Australian Digital Forecast Database. Unlike the numerical model data that is available on the Bureau website, the NexGen Grids contain forecaster input. The maps highlight small scale local effects and the day to day changes in wind and sea state that occur about the coast, which the existing worded forecasts can not provide. Therefore, the new service will provide the user with more information and detail than they have ever had access to in a marine forecast.