Northern Gulf of Mexico OFS Wind Forecast Guidance

Effective on May 20, 2020 beginning at 18z Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), two major changes for NOS OFS datasets on THREDDS will be implemented. Please see the Service Change Notice for details

1. Retention period change - Only the most recent 31 days of OFS output files will be available on CO-OPS THREDDS.

2. File structure changes - To improve THREDDS performance related to file access and data aggregation

All model nowcast and forecast information is based on a hydrodynamic model and should be considered as computer-generated nowcast and forecast guidance.


Wind Forecast Guidance
This wind animation depicts forecasted hourly surface (33 ft [10m] above the water) winds for the next 48 hours. The hourly wind fields were created by spatially and temporally interpolating wind forecast from the latest run of the National Weather Service's nested high-resolution (4km) North American Mesoscale (NAM4) weather forecast model. The parent NAM wind forecast (7.5 miles [12 km] and 3 hours) is used as backup. These interpolated wind fields were used by NGOFS to generate oceanographic forecast guidance for the NGOFS model domain.