Understanding and Using Marine Weather Forecasts

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Advice and general information on forecasts and how to use them.


Preamble

Getting weather forecasts is only the start. For anyone sailing, understanding and knowing how best to use forecasts is the real problem. Here, I give my advice based on what we do, and some background. There are several aspects to understanding and using the specialist services that come under the broad umbrella of marine weather forecasts. First, what forecasts are available and appropriate for your purposes; understanding the terms used; how to make best use of them. Single observer forecasting has a long history, what is wrong with it? Why not carry on using it as has been done for thousands of years?



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