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A tale of two storms (and more)

A tale of two storms (and more)

My last newsletter spoke about the coming El Nino and its possible effects. An even earlier newsletter, “In Hawaii, Hurricanes Hardly Happen,” published one year ago at this time, talked about the relative infrequency of hurricanes in the vicinity of Hawaii. In early August, not one, but two hurricanes affected the Hawaiian Islands. This is very uncommon, as indicated in the earlier newsletters. Let’s take a look at what happened.

Web Exclusives 2014
El Nino on the way

El Nino on the way

There have been many stories in the news recently concerning the El Nino phenomenon. This is mainly because it appears quite likely that a significant El Nino event will take shape in the coming months and persist for up to a year. With this in mind, it is worth taking a look at what this might mean for those planning ocean voyages during this period of time.

Web Exclusives 2014
Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

Ocean Voyager 2014
Winds against the grain

Winds against the grain

Ocean voyagers are interested in the winds along their routes for obvious reasons, whether voyaging under sail or under power. Gathering information about expected wind speeds and direction for a voyage is a key component of the decision making process that will determine the exact route of the voyage, the timing of the departure, and whether intermediate stops are made and how long their duration may be.

March/April 2014
Politics and weather

Politics and weather

“Due to the Federal government shutdown, NOAA.gov and most associated websites are unavailable. Specific NOAA websites necessary to protect lives and property are operational and will be maintained.”

Web Exclusives 2013
Technology catches up with voyagers’ weather man

Technology catches up with voyagers’ weather man

After more than 25 years, the oscillator of Herb Hilgenberg’s Icom M710 radio is at rest, the antenna no longer pushing electrostatic waves across the sea.

October 2013
Frontal anatomy

Frontal anatomy

When discussing weather and weather forecasts, the term “front” is used frequently. And, sometimes misused.

May/June 2013
Sandy’s left hook

Sandy’s left hook

The Coriolis effect tends to make storms curve to the right in the northern hemisphere. So why did Hurricane Sandy make a left turn?

Web Exclusives 2012
A powerful weather resource

A powerful weather resource

Pilot charts remain a useful tool for long-range planning

July/August 2012
WildHorse beats to St. Maarten

WildHorse beats to St. Maarten

Our destination, St. Maarten in the Leeward Islands, often was behind us as we battled to stay in control.

May/June 2012
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