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Weather, October 2021

Sometimes we just need to laugh. Dealing with the global pandemic over the past year and a half has been tough on all of us. On top of this, the past two Atlantic hurricane seasons (this one is not quite…

Weather, August 2021

We are now well into the 2021 hurricane season and are watching the evolution of tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and the Pacific. In the past I have used these newsletters to present some information about particularly memorable hurricanes,…

Marine Electronics, July 2021

The possibility of someone stealing our floating palace or some high-end piece of onboard electronic equipment is a frightening thought. Fortunately, there are…

Voyaging Tips, June 2021

A hole or break in your boat’s hull is among the worst situations you can face offshore. If your boat is sinking, sort out what to do immediately and what can wait. The first priority is to determine how much…

Weather: Comma Cloud Systems (Low Pressure Systems)

From the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship weather course A comma cloud system is really nothing more than a more descriptive name for a cyclone or low-pressure system. Learning to recognize the elements…

Fire prevention

Fire! It's a scary enough thought while ashore. Just imagine cowering in the cockpit of your boat, staring down the companionway as ugly black smoke starts to pour out. What do you do now? If you don't have an answer,…

Weather: Keeping Score on Hurricane Names

In the last newsletter I speculated on the possible retirement of hurricane names over the past two Atlantic hurricane seasons. Recall that it is the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) that generates the lists of names that are used for tropical…

Weather, January 2021

The 2020 hurricane season was one for the history books. For just the second time in modern times, the list of Atlantic storm names was exhausted, requiring the use of the Greek alphabet. The last time this happened was in…

Weather, December 2020

Bomb storms Given the right conditions, low-pressure systems can sometimes experience rapid intensification. This is called explosive cyclogenesis. It is driven by an extremely rapid drop in pressure within an extra-tropical cyclone. Generally, an explosive low or “meteorological bomb” designation…

Wireless cellphone chargers

Charging a cellphone, for most of us, requires jamming a tiny electrical contact into the base of our phones and hoping the…