Marine Weather Seminars And Workshops
It is impossible to predict the weather with total precision, but that doesn’t mean that the weather must be entirely unpredictable.
The Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminar is designed to provide Great Lakes boaters with an understanding of basic marine meteorology. Over the course of the seminar, attendees will learn about the forces controlling the wind, the formation and movement of low pressure systems, wave forecasting, and how to identify the conditions favoring the development of severe weather. Attendees will develop a basic forecasting resource kit based upon publicly available government and university websites. The seminar is offered in a full-day or half-day format.
Great Lakes Wind Forecasting: A Workshop for Sailors
This workshop is designed for sailors of all experience levels and interests. Accurately forecasting the wind promotes safer, more enjoyable outings and improves performance on the race course. Whether you are a day sailor, beer-can racer, long-distance cruiser or serious competitor, the skills learned during this workshop will enhance your understanding of the wind and improve your sailing experience.
What you can expect to learn at the workshop:
• why the wind behaves the way it does
The workshop combines traditional classroom instruction, case studies and several hands-on forecasting exercises to create an engaging learning experience.
Preparing Your Mac Forecast: A Workshop for Sailors
The workshop is designed for Mac sailors interested in improving their weather forecasting skills. What you can expect to learn at the workshop:
The workshop combines classroom instruction, case studies, and hands-on forecasting exercises to create an engaging learning experience.
Coastal Marine Weather Forecasting
Learn a little meteorology and reduce some of the uncertainty of coastal and offshore cruising. Whether you are cruising the Chesapeake, the Caribbean, or the coastal waters of the Atlantic, an enhanced understanding of basic weather principles and a few simple forecasting skills can improve cruise planning and reduce the likelihood of being exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions.
The Marine Weather Forecasting Seminar provides attendees with an understanding of basic meteorological principles and explores the conditions favoring the development of severe weather. Animated graphics and analyses of past weather events are used to delve into the interesting and unique weather forecasting challenges associated with coastal and offshore cruising. Attendees will develop a basic forecasting resource kit based upon readily available government and university websites.
About The Speaker
Mark Thornton has been sailing on Lake Erie for more than 20 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the lake. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting.
He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters (www.lakeeriewx.com). He served as race meteorologist for the 2014-2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview Race to Mackinac, and is the past president of the Cleveland chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Mark is employed as the Vice-President of Administration for the law firm of Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg, and as a Teaching Assistant in the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program at Penn State University.
As both a sailor and a meteorologist, I am uniquely qualified to improve the weather-related skills of your members. Please contact me by email or call 440-250-9179 to learn how a weather forecasting seminar can help address your organization's educational, safety, and membership goals.