The aim of Coast Watchers is to tie your photos together with weather data to create a full picture of how the weather, wind and waves affects our shoreline.
We’ve gathered together these sources of information about the weather, wind, tides and more. At the moment it’s a list of weblinks – but have a look at what’s already out there –
This page is a work in progress – come back soon!
Offshore Wave Buoys
There are wave buoys out in the Irish Sea, recording… wave information!
There is one offshore from Cleveleys. It measures wave height, direction and period (ie the time between waves). The buoy also collects the sea surface temperature.
The information it collects is used for the Shoreline Management Plan, coastal management and in particular for beach processes. It’s useful for studies of soft sea defences like sand dunes and saltmarsh.
These record any deviation between the actual tide height and the tide height that’s predicted. The information is collected by the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility (NTSLF) based at the National Oceanography Centre at the University of Liverpool. It’s the UK centre of excellence for sea level monitoring, coastal flood forecasting and the analysis of sea level extremes. It is the focus for sea level research in the UK and for its interpretation into advice for policy makers, planners and coastal engineers.
Met Office Wind and Wave Data
Is available for the whole of the country. If you click on the north west button (number 8) on the map, it zooms in. The nearest weather stations to the Fylde Coast are at Crosby, Valley on the island of Anglesey, Ronaldsway on the Isle of Man and at St Bees Head.
Find out when and where flood warnings are in force. Advance warning of the potential for trouble gives you time to plan for bad weather.
You can also check your address to see if you can sign up for flood warnings.
You may remember a small blue cabin on the car park opposite Jubilee Gardens. It was there for the purposes of testing a new piece of radar equipment. After the testing phase was complete it was located on a lighting column on the promenade at the end of Chatsworth Road.
Information is now back from the first 2.5 months of data collection and shows some interesting results.
The beach is building up, as intended, along the rock revetment frontage of the new Rossall Sea Wall. A Series of sandbars are also forming that move towards the shore in a northerly direction. It’s expected that in the coming months the radar will provide information about the volume of sediment and the speed with which it moves.
Because radar takes observations continually, it’s useful not only for looking at long term changes but also the effect of individual storms. The next illustration shows the change in beach levels from Storm Diana in November 2018.
SANDS is an Asset Management System which is used by engineers, researchers and scientists all over the world. It enables information to be stored centrally so that it can be analysed and shared. This way trends can be seen over long periods of time, and the data used to its best value.
There are many weather monitoring stations around the country – a lot of them broadcast their information online. Here are some local ones:
The next link is to a network of privately owned weather stations around Morecambe Bay and in the north west. Other data is also available.