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Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminarweather1weather2


South Shore Yacht Club

March 3, 2018  --  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


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Learn a little meteorology and reduce some of the uncertainty of boating on the Great Lakes. An enhanced understanding of basic weather principles and a few simple forecasting skills can improve cruise planning, racing performance and reduce the likelihood of being exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions.

The Basic Marine Weather Seminar will provide attendees with an understanding of basic meteorological principles and explore the conditions favoring the development of severe weather. Graphics and case studies of actual weather events will be used to focus on the interesting and unique forecasting challenges associated with the Great Lakes. Attendees will also develop a basic daily forecasting resource kit based upon readily available government and university websites.

Seminar Outline

Section One:   Introduction
Section Two:   A Solid Foundation (Basic Meteorological Principles)
Section Three:   Interpreting Weather Graphics
Section Four:   The Invisible Forces Controlling the Wind
Section Five:   Clouds And Precipita????on
Section Six:   Dissecting A Low Pressure System
Section Seven:   Observational Tools (Radar & Satellite Imagery)
Section Eight:   Thunderstorms
Section Nine:   Waves
Section Ten:   A Daily Forecast Routine
Section Eleven:   On-board Resources (Monitoring The Weather After You Leave The Dock)

About the Presenter

Mark Thornton has been sailing for more than 25 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting.

He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters (www.lakeeriewx.com). Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches basic forecasting seminars to recreational boaters during the off-season. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Race to Mackinac since 2014.


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