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Weather Watch!

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Weather Watch!
Nice to be tied up safely at the dock when a front like this rolls in. Wind gusts of 45knots and hail made this storm particularly nasty.
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Once you own a boat you will always look at weather in a different way. Although you listen closely to NOAA and keep a sharp eye for weather changes you can still find yourself in the middle of a good blow, gale thunderstorms or even a waterspout!

With a bit of attention to the marine forecast and some dumb luck you may never be caught on the water in a storm. Not likely, but possible. When you're caught off guard or too slow to outrun a building thunder boomer, consider if you can anchor and ride it out. Using your engines and lots of scope may keep you from dragging.

If you're safe at the dock, sit back, click on each photo below and enjoy the power of mother nature...after you've unplugged your electronics just-in-case.

An afternoon thunderstorm making itself a nuisance. You can watch these fronts build and sometimes determine direction and speed by watching your RADAR.
Watching this windsurfer we knew we were in for a bumpy ride as we headed out the inlet. Thank goodness for stabilizers.
Fog can shroud the largest ship until it's right next to you. Turn on your RADAR every time you leave the dock. Then you'll know how to use it when your navigation depends on it. Better yet, when FOG is predicted, stay at the dock!
Always look for the rainbow! Some of the most hellacious storms are followed by this awesome display. This one is reflecting in the calm waters of our marina.
A Northwestern front approaches. Note how smooth the water surface is. Truly the calm before the storm.
Rainbow after Tropical Storm Fay.
when you see a US warship rocking and rolling it makes you rethink things. What are doing out here in this mess?
 

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