Terrafin SST-View! Since 1999 we have been providing computer
enhanced sea surface temperature (SST) and Chlorophyll charts for anglers and divers. We now cover the entire Continental U.S.
coastline, Hawaii, Alaska, the Caribbean, the Pacific coast of Central America, Venezuela and Brazil. We most likely have your
region covered, if you don't see it, ask! We prepare our enhanced
charts using only 1km high resolution data from the NOAA Polar
Orbiting satellites. We process that data using state of the art Satellite Imaging software. We select the best shots
for each region, then review and manually correct for navigation
and atmospheric problems in the data. It's time-consuming, but a
must for creating quality charts! We then produce enlarged images of
specific local areas, using the best temperature range for that area
to help emphasize the temperature breaks. We overlay a lat/lon grid
for the region, finally adding local reference points and bottom contours to the chart.
The final result is an easy to use, detailed chart that will prove
to be an invaluable on the water tool. As with all sea temperature
services, we don't get images through the clouds, as a result some
regions are updated more frequently than others. There are also
times when the NOAA Satellites do not capture a particular region,
or a ground station can encounter problems receiving the data. (We do our best
to minimize these problems by using multiple redundant data sources.)
Sometimes this can result in no data for a few days or longer. Either
way, we'll TRY, every day, and will process whatever portion of a
region is clear.
Membership rates are $99 for a full year, with unlimited access
to ALL regions. Please
read our FAQ for specifics on frequency of updates, limitations,
etc. Feel free to browse around the sample charts, free regional
charts, FAQ (frequently asked questions), etc. You'll see we keep
the last 15 images for each region on the site, click on the Latest SST button
to see the various indexes. Check out the indexes for your regions
of interest to see how the images have been lately, 5 star rating is
the best, 1 star rating is pretty weak. We also have a "Free Images"
section, which will contain the most recent regional SST. While they
cover too large of an area to be especially helpful as an
on-the-water tool, these images are still good for getting the "big
If you run into any problems navigating this site, or have any
comments, questions or suggestions, we would sure appreciate hearing
about it...Send us a
Features"Mouse Driven" Lat/Lon Position + Temperature Move the cursor
anywhere on the chart, Latitude / Longitude (and now Temperature!) is displayed in the
browser status window (at the bottom of the browser screen).
Bearing Calculations Click anywhere on the chart to
specify your origin, as you move the mouse the distance and bearing
from that origin is displayed in the browser status window. For a
quick explanation on how to use this feature, Click Here
Tool View the last 15 charts in an animated loop or step
through them one at a time. Watch the water move! Look under each
region index for the link to the Chart Loop Tool for that specific
region. It takes a stretch of good weather before the Chart Loop
really becomes useful, but when the conditions are right it can be
New Route Planning Tools Click to place marks or plot a route on any chart. A list of the selected waypoints is created at the bottom of the page, which is easily printed along with the chart. This is a great pre-trip planning tool, and also a simple way to create a float plan to leave at home!
Chlorophyll Charts Chlorophyll data can be used to predict the water color. High concentrations = higher nutrient (plankton) levels, but more off-color water. Low concentrations = clearer, blue water. These charts have proven to be extremely valuable for both inshore and offshore fishing. Our chlorophyll charts are processed daily with new images for each region on average 4-5 times per week. These charts are included with the service at no extra charge.
New! Daily Cloud Free "Blended SST" Charts Just added June 23rd, 2009. Regional charts using data derived from multiple satellite sources, blended into a single cloud free SST image each day. Not as high resolution as our standard SST charts, but a great alternative during periods with a lot of cloud cover. These charts are included with the service at no extra charge. Read more about this data here.
Altimetry Charts In June we added regional Altimetry charts to the site. These charts are included with the service at no extra charge. You can read more info about this data here.
Unlimited Access to All Regions When you subscribe to Terrafin your $99 membership fee gets you access to ALL the regions that we cover. There are no extra charges for additional regions, no extra charges for different levels of data, no extra charges period. Fish the NE Canyons in the summer, but Florida and the Bahamas in the winter? Maybe SoCal and Mexico with a quick trip to Hawaii? No problem, you get it all!