... National safe boating week continues with the topic of the marine
Understanding a marine forecast is critical to safe boating. Pay
close attention to forecasts of rapid changes of weather
conditions... including the approach and passage of frontal
systems. Take particular note of any advisories or warnings that
may be in effect... such as small craft advisories... gale and storm
When out on the water always keep a close watch on the sky. Watch
for rapid cloud build ups which can lead to thunderstorms. Note
sudden changes in wind direction and or wind speed which can
indicate that changes are on the way. If you have a barometer on
board... be sure to check it every few hours. A rising barometer
usually indicates fair weather and often a rise in winds... while a
falling barometer can indicate stormy or rainy conditions.
Before going out and again while on the water... mariners are
strongly urged to pay close attention to marine forecasts provided
by the National Weather Service over NOAA Weather Radio... all
For additional information please visit the following web sites...
www.Weather.Gov/marine www.Weather.Gov/cae and sarsat.NOAA.Gov.