Resources for Barometer Use in Marine Navigation

Modern Marine Weather 

Listed at USCG for exam prep, as well as NWS/OPC for background. Used in many schools around the country.

Barometer Handbook

Covers history and practice of modern barometery.

Mariner's Pressure Atlas

The pressure data in this book is also in the Barometer Handbook, but the next edition of the Barometer Handbook will not include it, since the data is now here in larger, easier to use format.
Official Sources in the spirit of a Marine Weather Services Chart. Read the introduction then this webpage is a direct index to the practical resources you might need when underway.
Starpath custom weather map briefings (Read the overview then active links are at the bottom of the article, with links to getting smallest possible file size of maps by email underway.)
Pacific Ocean weather:  (We will expand these resources north to include Pac Cup, Vic-Maui, and general west coast departure points in time for next spring-summer sailing.)
Western WA weather for use with accurate barometer:  To put this into your iOS device, open with Safari and save to home screen.
Fischer Precision Aneroid Barometer. State-of-the-art, used by navies and national weather services worldwide.
Barometer calibration service online:  (This is the most accurate way to set a barometer short of having a NIST traceable instrument next to your own...because it gives you a time-space average of the nearest official reports, any one of which could be off by a mb or so.)
The US Voluntary Observing Ship program.  We rely on satellite data for much of our model forecasting, but it is these individual ship reports from human beings on watch that remain crucial to scale and confirm the satellite measurements.
UW Atmospheric Sciences Forecasts and Observations. There 4/3 km WRF numeric forecasts for Northern Waters and for Puget Sound are the best forecasts available for our local waters.
High Resolution Rapid Refresh model (HRRR). We hope to have grib format of these from shortly, but for now they do offer RAP and NDFD, which are not quite as high res, but best we have in grib format so far. (See also our related article Sailboat Racing in the Salish Sea.)
Cell phones that have barometers. They do not have the features of a well designed marine barometer, and they consume excess power when accumulating data, and they need to be calibrated, but chances are they could be, out of the box, the best barometer you have on the boat!
National pressure tendency forecasts. Excellent (NAM data) for planning barometer checks. Scroll to bottom dataset on the left. This shows expected pressure change in the next 3h; with it you can anticipate hot times for calibration. First red means dropping 4 to 5 mb in next 3h; dark blue meaning rising 4 to 5 mb. Click Loop option, then mouse over the dates changes the displays.
  Articles on barometer related topics
  Modern Barometry and its Important Role in Marine Navigation
  Barometer for Wind Warning
  Mean Sea Level, Tides, and Barometers
  "Point Four Four per Floor" — QFE to QNH to QFF
  Air Temperature Dependence of Sea Level Pressure Conversions
  Pressure with Squall Passage
  Mother of all books on barometers
  Tropical Storm Side Determination, Part 1
  Sides of a Tropical Cyclone, Part 2 Meteograms
  First pass at cell phone barometer calibrations
  How to Check the Accuracy of an Airport Pressure Report