As impressed as I have been with the forecasts that I get from Windy.com they are still just that, forecasts. They are models of reality. Imperfect attempts to represent and predict reality. But, if you really want to know what is happening you need to put your boots on and do the ground (or water) work. Though, this is not always feasible or can be too time-consuming.
Last week, I was reminded of this all when I interpreted the forecast to be favourable when it was not. Fortunately, I had checked a web camera for the area where I was going to be paddling so when I arrived on site I wasn’t totally taken by surprise. But it was a reminder that a visual of the current conditions can confirm (or negate) the prediction from the weather forecast. Below are some webcams that I frequently check to get a sense of the conditions in addition to checking the weather and tide forecasts.
Howe Sound webcam by Howe Sound Living
This one is not a webcam at present but has great information regarding the conditions at the Head of Átl’ka7tsem (Howe Sound).