• On the Water: Know the Weather

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    Even when the weather looks perfect, conditions can change rapidly on the waters around the Cape. Know your weather when onboard.

    Wind direction

    Wind is named by the direction from which it is coming. Wind is formed when air is moving from a point of high pressure to a point of low pressure. When wind is moving over the water it causes waves, which then build into swell.

    Small craft advisory

    A small craft advisory is issued by NOAA, and is forecast when conditions exist that are hazardous to a small craft. A small craft is any vessel that is adversely affected by a small craft advisory based on the experience of the operator, type and size of the vessel.

    Severe weather

    Being on the water during or near a thunder and lightning squall can be extremely dangerous. You may experience heavy rain and winds upwards of 50 to 60 mph higher than the normal speeds. If stuck out on the water, seek a close cove or protected area where other objects are higher than you.

    For or restricted visibility

    Fog is usually formed when the humidity and dew point are within a few degrees of each other and the wind speed is relatively low. Fog also tends to travel with the tide and can come in and leave relatively fast. If you are caught out in the fog, follow these steps to keep you and your crew safe:

    Reduce speed.

    Maintain proper lookout forward.

    Display navigation lights.

    Sound horn signals – one prolonged blast at a minimum of every two minutes

    Maintain a radio presence. Broadcast your position using a securite call.

    Reduce speed if you hear a horn signal forward of beam.

    Make any course change obvious to an approaching vessel.

    On the water and weather

    Wind direction

    Wind is named by the direction from which it is coming. Wind is formed when air is moving from a point of high pressure to a point of low pressure. When wind is moving over the water it causes waves, which then build into swell.

    Small craft advisory

    A small craft advisory is issued by NOAA, and is forecast when conditions exist that are hazardous to a small craft. A small craft is any vessel that is adversely affected by a small craft advisory based on the experience of the operator, type and size of the vessel.

    Severe weather

    Being on the water during or near a thunder and lightning squall can be extremely dangerous. You may experience heavy rain and winds upwards of 50 to 60 mph higher than the normal speeds. If stuck out on the water, seek a close cove or protected area where other objects are higher than you.

    Fog or restricted visibility

    Fog is usually formed when the humidity and dew point are within a few degrees of each other and the wind speed is relatively low. Fog also tends to travel with the tide and can come in and leave relatively fast. If you are caught out in the fog, follow these steps to keep you and your crew safe:

    Reduce speed.

    Maintain proper lookout forward.

    Display navigation lights.

    Sound horn signals – one prolonged blast at a minimum of every two minutes

    Maintain a radio presence. Broadcast your position using a securite call.

    Reduce speed if you hear a horn signal forward of beam

    Make any course change obvious to an approaching vessel.

     

    May 13, 2014