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Old 20-01-2012, 16:40   #1
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Individual Weather Observations

What individual weather observations are cruisers still using? Most of us receive our weather information and forecasts by electronic online or broadcast sources, but we've all heard the old sailor's axioms about sky color, rings on the moon, wind direction changes, cloud formations and even bird behaviors. Now, I'm a coastal cruiser with a lot of broadcast info and always within three days of a safe anchorage. Like everybody, I'm observing the waves clouds and wind at my moment, but I don't interpret much from nature to foretell my future. I have a barometer, but I totally ignore it. Outside my immediate environment for immediate conditions the only tool that I use for forecasts from direct observation is the "backing" or "clocking" of the wind. With the approach of a tropical storm I can use this information to decide which side of my position I will expect the passage of the storm and therefore, select my best protected anchorage. Of course, this observation is usually matched by broadcast information. So, the question stands, outside of the immediate surrounding wind, cloud, and rain within sight from your deck; what clues do you use to foretell conditions by observing nature and not the electronic broadcasts?
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Old 20-01-2012, 16:46   #2
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Re: Individual Weather Observations

Here in FL, the wind direction says a lot in winter... if it blows hard out of the south, you can bet in a day or so there will be a front with rain and squalls from the north then COLD north wind behind that for a day.... then gradual easing to a couple stellar days, then repeat.
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Re: Individual Weather Observations

Lot's of cirro-stratus means usually (=high propability) bad weather coming in a couple of days
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G'day, mate. Down here when the dolphins are feeding inside the inner harbour, not so nice weather usually presents itselfs in a day or two. Cheers
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