Another handy bit of free software is UGRIB
. This freeware application allows instant and fully customizable access to global weather data. Within one simple to use interface you can download and view weather data right on your desktop. Their windows software will let you view the GRIB files you have just downloaded, animate them, display meteograms and much more! It also allows direct access to their backend servers without the need to open a browser.
Ideal for use either ashore or on a limited bandwidth connection e.g. onboard a yacht. Ugrib will let you choose your resolution, timesteps, variables etc. Also you can save these settings for future use. All this tightly integrated into one simple to use program. You can download grib files directly from within the application or from their website. The Grib data section it has a graphical selection tool that allows the immediate download of surface GRIB data with 10m Winds and Sea Level Pressure. There are no preset areas and you can select exactly the area you need.
Grib files may be downloaded in a variety of options such as;
• 3, 6, 12 and 24 hour interval times,
• 1, 3, 5 or 7 day period,
• 0,5 or 1,0 degree resolution,
• Wind, rain and pressure data.