MeteoSurf is a free multi-source weather forecasting App designed to provide wind and wave conditions of the Mediterranean Sea. It is an application for smartphones and tablets, built as a Progressive Web App able to supply detailed and updated maps and data showing heights of sea waves (and other information) in the Central Mediterranean. It is mainly targeted for surfers and wind-surfers but anyone who needs to know the sea conditions will take advantage from this app.
Data can be displayed as animated graphical maps, or as detailed table data. The maps refer to the whole Mediterranean Sea, while the table data is able to provide specific information for any of the major surf spots in the Med.
As of current version, MeteoSurf shows data collecting them from 3 different forecasting systems:
- Nettuno (map), from the Italian Air Force Meteo Service, whose data are updated 3 times in the 24 hours. This is a sort term forecast (3 days);
- Consorzio LaMMA (map), a public consortium between Tuscany Region and the Italian National Research Council. These data are updated twice a day and they refer to a long-term forecast (5/6 days).
- University of Genova (table data), 120 hours forecasts for the Mediterranean Basin, for the Seas around Italy and for the Northern Thyrrhenian Sea.
iOS and Android
As it is a Progressive Web App, you don't need to download the app from the App Store or Google Play. Just open the browser (Chrome on Android and Safari on iOS) and point to the following url:
Once loaded the page, select Add to Home Screen from the browser settings and the app icon will be loaded in the mobile device. When launched from this icon, the internal service-worker will allow MeteoSurf to load faster without the need to open the browser.
MeteoSurf is compatible with any iOS or Android device, without the need for any special requirement.
How to use MeteoSurf
Once selected one of the 2 data sources for the MED Maps, the use of MeteoSurf is intuitive as it all comes down to 5 icons and a menu. At program start, the first image is the beginning of the forecast and you can see the date and time in the small white bar below the blue header. This image can then be zoomed in/out, pinched, panned and double-tapped as commonly done on a mobile device.
Note: the first time you launch the application, the "LaMMA" data source will be automatically selected. Subsequently, the app will "remember" your last choice and it will be restated at your next start.
The two buttons forward/backwards will allow you to go through the images, one by one. For each image you could see the date and the time in the upper white bar.
The buttons Play/Stop will allow you to control the sliding sequence as a dynamic video. This mode is interesting because it will give you an overall idea about how wind and waves masses will move on progressively over the next hours/days. In Play mode, the display is cyclic, as it starts back to the first image once the last is reached.
The Refresh button will reload the image and bring the zoom/pan settings to the default values.
Note: Use this button regularly as it will ensure loading the latest available version of the application. Updates of MeteoSurf, indeed, does not need to download the application, but just to "refresh" it.
The text bar above the map is showing the date and the time (CEST/CET GMT+1 or GMT+2) of the image displayed and it changes with image sliding. The footer bar shows the date of the last forecast update and the data source in use.
To switch from a data source to another, open the menu (first icon on the top left). The menu will allow you to display also the version of the application and this page as "Help".
From the main menu, select the data source for Single Spots (UniGE) and you will be prompted with a form allowing selection of the spot (Country, Zone, Spot). Current available countries are: Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Gibraltar, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey.
Once the spot has been selected, data will be prompted in a table listing the forecast for: wave height, wave direction, wind speed and wind direction.
View Spot Location
At the top and the bottom of each data table for any spot, you'll find the button "View Spot Location".
This button will open a Google Maps view centered on the spot, which will allow zooming, panning and switching to Satellite/Map view or Street View.
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