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Wave Tracker Glossary
|Wind Direction||The direction that the wind is travelling.|
|Swell/Wave Direction||The direction that the waves are travelling.|
|Live Surf Cam||Location of a Coastalwatch surf cam.|
|Offshore Virtual Buoy||Is a virtual satellite observation buoy from which the forecast is generated. The data is from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).|
|Nearshore Swell Map Animation||This view shows a higher resolution look at how swells are being affected close to the shoreline. Taking into account the sea-floor shapes and depths as it rises to land.|
|UTC||Coordinated Universal Time||Is the Primary Time Standard by which the world regulates time. It is closely related to Greenwich Mean Time.|
|Go back to previous view||Returns to the previous map view.|
|Swell Map Graphic animation||Is the primary or secondary swell direction created by storms or other weather events.|
|Swell Period Graphic animation||Is the average length of time between waves.|
|Wind Map Graphic animation||Is the bulk movement of air caused by differences in pressure. It's measured by its strength and from the direction from which it is blowing.|
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SWELL ALERT INSTRUCTIONS
1. All Swell Alerts start on the Wave Tracker.
2. Enable the Offshore Virtual Buoy markers by selecting it below the map. (Initially you may not see any markers until you zoom into a region)
3. Red drops indicate the Offshore Virtual Buoys that are available. You can create an alert for any of those buoys.
4. Click on your desired Buoy to show the 3 day graph pop-up window.
5. At the bottom of the graph is a link “Add swell alert”. Click this to start the process of adding a Swell alert for that Virtual Buoy point and follow the prompts.