New weather services

Free forecast system for the Med and SMS for the Channel and France's Atlantic coast

Monday April 11th 2005, Author: Peter Herbert, Location: France
Metmarine SARL has added a free Mediterranean forecast to its range of services that include sea areas from Northern Spain, the Atlantic and Channel coasts of France to the Belgium border. All forecasts are supplied and translated directly from Meteo France and are also now available on SMS text to a mobile, without pre-registration.

Peter Herbert, the founder adds “these new services are as per client’s requests for a large area forecast and also ad-hoc forecasts via SMS without prior registration. These are available by typing MET {area code} and SEND to 80160 on UK mobiles, and billed directly to the mobile, or login via the Internet to register any mobile. The area codes are shown below. Many users found the voice service useful when at sea, but not audible in storm conditions. Now with SMS text the data can be stored and reviewed. Detailed coastal details are abbreviated for SMS by qualified staff. The wave height service, created uniquely by Metmarine, provides a new level of accuracy and detail via wave buoys and satellite monitoring of Meteo France, also available on SMS. This adds to our unique level of coastal forecast detail from the best source of weather information in France. Users' Internet password and PIN can also be used on the telephone. Users can keep up to date without needing to go on-line, by sending an SMS forecast request without having to register first.

Coastal forecasts - Freefone in France 0800 9000 51 or 0161 444 8555. This service is accessed via tokens that can be purchased on the Internet or during the call (£1.50/2€) and the overall Mediterranean forecast is free of charge online.

SMS messages are £1.50, maximum fee of £3, as detailed forecasts may be up to three or four messages in length and additional texts are sent free of charge. Storm warnings, and wave heights messages are selectable from our web site to coincide with the dates of your voyage, allowing automatic receipt of SMS messages, maximum fee £1.50/2€ (inc VAT).

SMS Area Codes:
English Channel
Cap de La Hague to Penmarc'h MET22
Baie de Somme to Cap de La Hague MET 50
Belgium border to Cap de La Hague
Including Dover and Kent Coast MET 80

Atlantic Coast of France
Anse de L'Aiguillon to Spanish Border MET40
Anse de L'Aiguillon to Penmarc'h MET85

Mediterranean (North)
Cote D’Azur (Menton to St Raphäel) MET06
Port Camargue to St Raphael MET13
Camargue to the Spanish Border MET34
Corsica MET02

Large Area Forecasts
Mediterranean MET200
English Channel and Atlantic MET300
North Sea MET400
Wave Heights - Mediterranean MET500
List of codes MET 000

Example: Cote D’Azur Forecast: Type MET 06 and SENDto 80160

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