The Gateway servers are available for the extraction of files by using standard e-mail. This can be useful by meteorological research groups and general users interested in obtaining the data without having immediate access to the Internet. The various files that can be obtained include site observations, facsimile charts, or meteorological forecast products. The current e-mail address is NWS.FTPMail.OPS@noaa.gov.
Instructions on "how to use the NCEP/IDP FTPmail service"
You must first establish a list of desired products. You can best do
this by accessing the server named below using your favorite web browser and a
connection to the Internet through your Internet service provider. You will
display and can record the file names of the data and products you will need
for the future building of your FTPmail request. There are two subdirectories
with specific data types available :
if you have remote access to standard E-mail while onboard
ships at sea, this is a way to get marine fascimile charts and
off shore text forecasts.