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Old 05-05-2009, 10:24 PM   #11
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"you can get images more consistently" No you can't, they are the same pictures. So yeah you can look at that coastwatch image, but you can't pinpoint exact locations or compile the visible areas into one image like you can with hiltons. If you want coastwatch, then thats what you get, if you want to pay a little and have the features of hiltons then do it. I'm just saying it is well worth the money to me to have everything there and one click away, rather than have to surf through coastwatch to gather up the images, then zoom them, then try to figure out the lat long data. Hilton's is much easier.
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:01 PM   #12
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wbats.... its definitely worth the money. BUT, the images are freaking lagging behind 3-4 days. that shot snapper posted is easy to read. the ram is "roughly on the same latitude line as the southeast tip of LA and DUE south of the west side of mobile bay. just line the two up put a dot and there you go.do the samewith a few other landmarks and you'll be set.
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Old 05-06-2009, 03:18 PM   #13
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Well, yeah they are lagging now, I'm not sure why, but that is not usually the case.
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Old 05-06-2009, 11:46 PM   #14
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Wanna be tuna slayer. It's real damn simple. This past weekend, you couldn't get a damn thing from Hilton's. Nothing. Zilch. There was no way to tell anything about where the water was.



If you looked through all the Coastwatch images, you could get an idea where the water was.



And you can tell where the water is, down to a few miles. And that's all you'll get anyway from any site usually, because in the 6-12 hour lag from when you look at the image and you get out there, it's usually moved at least a few miles.



The shape of the Gulf of Mexico doesn't change. The 88 degree Longitude line is in the same place everyday. It runs right down the middle of Mobile Bay. And the 29 degree Latitude line is in the same place everyday. It runs right at the mouth of the Mississippi River. You draw these lines on your map. Then, exactly halfway between the 29 degree line and 30 degree line, you draw another line. This is 29 degrees 30 minutes. You repeat this until you have the needed lat/long lines. Then, you look at where the water is in relation to your lat/long, and you know where the pretty water is.



That's all there really is to it.


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Old 05-07-2009, 12:05 AM   #15
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Snapperslapper,

I know it is easy to put a grid on your coastwatch image. I'm a lazy person so that's why I like Hilton's. If I want to see altimetry, current direction, SST, and chlorophyll images I can usually flip through all four of them in 45 seconds on Hilton's. It would take me 45 minutes to round up all of that data from coastwatch, but maybe I'm slow(I've been told that before)
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Old 05-07-2009, 12:34 AM   #16
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I hate to interrupt the discussion, but how do you read a chloro image, what should I be looking for?
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Old 05-08-2009, 10:50 AM   #17
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this has gotten a little ridiculous...... sitting here finishing up some paperwork, about to pull out in the next hour or so, and hiltons still has NOTHING. the altimetryimage is from 3 days ago and the last chloro shot was from the mid 90's. guess we'll just head south until he hit blue. good luck everyone this weekend and be safe
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