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Old 17-12-2011, 04:03   #1
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You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Most boaties know that the weatherman cannot be trusted. Today was a classic example of why we ought always to make our own judgements before shoving off.

The forecast late this morning for local metropolitan waters was for winds NNW easing to 10-15 knots after midday. No warnings were issued. Well, at 3pm it was blowing NNE 30-35 knots at Outer Harbor (official readings) with gusts to 40 knots.

I'm old enough to know the dangers of thundery squalls this time of year; it's a pity the bureau doesn't.
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Old 17-12-2011, 05:52   #2
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

guess the dartboard left the weatherman down that day
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Old 17-12-2011, 08:39   #3
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Thank you Bob Dylan

Well, as we all know, the weather report is just a very general guideline. Maybe as much art as science.
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Well, as we all know, the weather report is just a very general guideline. Maybe as much art as science.
Very general all right (15kn v 35kn); you'd never want to rely on them.

My post was prompted by Mr B's recent misfortune posted on this site, where he (reluctantly) relied on the forecast of nor'westerlies before a southerly sector blow put him on the rocks.

As most boaties know, and I'm sure Mr B also, we have to become amateur weathermen ourselves; and while we may not be right any more often than the professionals, at least then we can own our errors.
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

Weather forecasting now relies on digital data. Compare the two between a weather forecast and a boaties' forcast...my vote will be on the second.
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

You don’t need a weatherman
To know which way the wind blows-

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40+ years in aviation, so many wrong predictions, forecasts. Their excuse was that it was an inexact science, so I would ask them why they got paid so much? If I had got my job wrong as often as them I would not be here now!
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Very general all right (15kn v 35kn); you'd never want to rely on them.

My post was prompted by Mr B's recent misfortune posted on this site, where he (reluctantly) relied on the forecast of nor'westerlies before a southerly sector blow put him on the rocks.

As most boaties know, and I'm sure Mr B also, we have to become amateur weathermen ourselves; and while we may not be right any more often than the professionals, at least then we can own our errors.
Used to live in south Florida and once or twice a year cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. You could usually bet that whatever the weather forecast said it would not be what you would see in the crossing. Weather says 15 kt wind and seas 2-4' you could see anything from 5 kts and 1-2' to 25 kts and 6-8'.

Two forecasts you could be on being completely correct:

Summer. A hurricane is heading somewhere within +/- 100 miles of your area with winds from 50-120 kts arriving in 3-7 days.

Winter. A cold front is headed south and may may not reach south Florida within 1-4 days with winds from somewhere between S to W to N at 10-30 kts.

These forecasts were usually right on.
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

There are 2 weather bouys in my normal sailing area and they are only about 25 miles apart. The weather at each will be a lot different most of the time if the weather is doing anything. But both of these bouys are in the same forecast zone on the NOAA site so are covered by the same forecast.

I find that the best forecast is to read what the general forecast is and then check the current and past conditions at the bouys.

It's like when I'm driving in the car and it's been raining for 2 hours; the local weather forecast comes and on says there is a chance of rain for the day.........Dud!
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Don, change your radio station, (and your impeller)!!!!!
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

The most truthful wearher report I've ever received was " what you see is what you get".
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

This is how bad it is in some areas.
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Re: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows

I the 'olden days' when I raced out of Cleveland - pre computers - we called the NOAA phone for weather. We called it, "Dial-a-joke".
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Don, change your radio station, (and your impeller)!!!!!

Never occurred to me that I could just .............. change it!
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