Nicholas Wilson: Pacific Ocean Animated Weather Maps

Little River

Maybe you can’t do anything about the weather, but you can be prepared for it. It’s that time of year when we wonder what storms are headed our way and when to expect them.

For folks with fast Internet connections, here is a set of long links for animated satellite weather maps relevant to the Mendocino Coast. The animation lets you see what direction clouds are moving, and how fast. With practice you can predict when nearby storms will hit your location. If you don’t have a fast connection but are patient and just want to see a static image you can scroll down below the map window and move the animation slider control to zero.

The links below start with a wide view of the Pacific Ocean from the Aleutians to Hawaii and from about 3000 miles offshore to the U.S. Pacific Coast. Each successive link goes to a progressively more localized view for the Mendocino Coast. If you scroll down below the map you can select other options, including radar, which is mainly useful only for the two closest views.

Animated satellite 3000 mi. wide view of the Pacific Ocean from the Aleutians to Hawaii and U.S. Pacific Coast

1600 mile wide animated satellite view of North Pacific ocean and US pacific coast

400 mile wide animated satellite view more localized to Mendocino Coast

200 mile wide animated satellite local Mendo coast and offshore

100 mile radar only animated view for Mendocino Coast and offshore. Doppler radar shows storm activity best. The radar site is designated Eureka and is located on a peak near Cape Mendocino.

These animated views may require that you have Java installed. If you don’t, you’ll get a message and a link to where you can download it for free.  To visit the Weather Underground home page go to

Here is a customized AccuWeather page for Little River. Note you can also select forecasts for the short term or up to 14 days. You can easily customize it for another location.

I hope you find this information useful. Enjoy the weather.