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Global coverage, award-winning design, and the largest library of GRIB and classical weather, including ocean and fishing data, in the world, all in one package. State-of-the-art compression routines and file transfer procedures deliver data to you fast and affordably. Compatible with PC, Mac, and almost every satellite device on the market.

For over a decade, WeatherNet has warehoused the most robust collection of weather, ocean and fishing data on the planet. WeatherNet's data transfer engine continues to hold the preeminent position in the accelerated delivery of content across all satellite and wireless platforms.

Some key client-side features include a satellite phone connection wizard and satellite dialers that can connect directly to almost any type of satellite phone, incremental updating procedures that keep your onboard weather database current, and the capacity to choose text products (coastal, offshore, high seas) with either a point-and-click approach from a map or by simply using your location to search for reports nearby to you.

The soul of WeatherNet is its content library. With it, WeatherNet becomes the only resource with:

ASCAT GRIB data Co-located GRIB weather and ocean data, including ASCAT wind Sample SpotCast report with alerts Text information, SpotCast point forecast
Sample Surface Analisys from NOAA Classic weather charts, NOAA Wind/Wave over Satellite Image Satellite Wind/Wave
Sample Chris Parker forecast Chris Parker forecast Sample Jenifer Clark Gulf Stream analisys Jenifer Clark Gulf Stream Analisys

... as well as buoy, radar, tides and more.

OCENS is continually adding new sources of data to its WeatherNet library. No where are we more aggressive at this than latest and greatest GRIB sources from some of the best weather models (and minds) in the world (RAP and HRRR as well as Great Lakes wind and wave). The latest set of additions also represent the transition of classical data (and I mean really classical data like weather charts!) into a GRIB product (NDFD) and the transformation of observed (not modeled) wind information into GRIB (ASCAT). More information on these can be found here.

 

How WeatherNet works

Use the Wizard to tell WeatherNet the types of products in which you are interested. Choose GRIB or classic weather charts, text files or buoy products, fishing data or ice forecasts, satellite pictures or tide information…the list goes on. WeatherNet’s intelligent content algorithm merges your interests with your present or proposed location, anywhere in the world, the result is a personalized list of products that satisfy the specific insights you require for prevailing and predicted weather, ocean and fishing conditions. Your Wizard list is then presented to you on the Portal mode screen for fine-tuning. WeatherNet also includes a "Popular Products" button on your Portal mode map. This tool draws upon the past history of requests made by the community of WeatherNet users for the area in which you are or will be working or playing.

The patented File Transfer engine works with the WeatherNet Satellite Dialer to dial, download, and deposit requested data on your device then automatically disconnecting to protect you against unwanted airtime expenses. The customized compression of each WeatherNet product by our servers before it travels over your airtime further distinguishes your savings with WeatherNet from any other source. In fact, these savings are so substantial that it costs you more in minutes or megabytes to download ‘free’ products from the Internet than to obtain them via WeatherNet.

Once products are delivered to your computer, WeatherNet auto-launches OCENS GRIB Explorer, MetMapper, or other viewing software you choose to use. Acquired products are cataloged by date and name for easy retrieval and analysis later that day or night. Just double-click on the file in your WeatherNet screen to re-launch and review.

For our many legacy customers OCENS has retained the classical Library and Basic modes with which you are familiar. Use Library and Basic mode if you desire, as you desire. But don’t neglect the capacity of the Content Wizard to explore WeatherNet in new ways to mine from it the very richest array of weather, ocean and fishing products.

Bundled with WeatherNet is a comprehensive Help file that not only addresses the how-to of the new version but also goes into discussions of the data available to you in the WeatherNet warehouse. An introductory video is also bundled with the WeatherNet installer. The video walks you through your first use of the Content Wizard, Portal mode and File Transfer process. It’s a convenient overview that quickly transitions you into the full utility, which is WeatherNet.

“Just a quick kudo to you all. With several boats passaging to Haiti with critical items, your products are helping keep them safe. It’s not an easy voyage thru the Windward Passage this time of year. Just wanted to tell you your services can be lifesavers. Thank you. Its more than just data you provide.”

One thing that’s never changed is the commitment of OCENS staff of professionals to supporting you, on land or sea. Whether it be activation, device configuration, peripheral integration or content suggestions, OCENS staff will patiently and professionally work to satisfy you. It’s who we are.


 

Pricing

WeatherNet's fee structure is also revolutionary. Users simply activate their account and then pay for the weather they download. Each weather product is priced independently; data costs and estimated air time are computed prior to the download. The amazing thing is that WeatherNet is so efficient that you will pay less using this for pay service than you would downloading this data for free over the internet using conventional methods!

Cross sample of some of the data available including sample pricing.

  • Satellite Imagery: 30¢
  • Animation: $1
  • Buoy/Buoy Current: 10¢
  • Ice: 35¢
  • Radar: 10¢
  • Ocean Charts: 30¢
  • Text: 20¢
  • Tides: 10¢
  • Weather Charts: 30¢ (exceptions for 'hard-to-find' charts such as Chile Surface Forecasts are 60¢)
  • GRIB Met and WW3: 1 day: 30¢, 2 day: 35¢, 3 day: 40¢, 4 day: 45¢, 5 day: 50¢, 6 day: 60¢, and 7 day: 70¢
  • Ocean data includes ocean currents, sea surface temperature, sea surface height, sea surface salinity, mixed layer depth, sub-surface temps, and chlorophyll: $5.00 to $9.00 depending on # of days.
  • Thermocline: $10

Companion Software

 

As important as access and downloading of this data is - being able to view it and having tools on hand to help you interpet it is just as important. OCENS has software products that do just that: GRIB Explorer .

GRIB Explorer is our answer to viewing and working with GRIB weather and ocean data. This is arguably the most powerful, yet easy to use GRIB viewer on the market. You can find more information on this product by clicking here.

MetMapper is our answer to viewing and working with all non-GRB data such as text, image files, and animation files. You can find more information on this product by clicking here.

While most customers find that a dedicated weather viewer is much more practical than layering weather data in your navigation software, the files that you are downloading with WeatherNet are standard GRIB, image, and text files. That means you can import them into your existing software applications such as your current GRIB viewer or navigation software. WeatherNet is compatible with most navigation software systems that use or display standard GRIB files. Many even have WeatherNet built in as the download engine.

 

 

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