Marine Weather Seminars And Workshops



Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminar


Learn a little meteorology and reduce some of the uncertainty of boating on the Great Lakes. An enhanced understanding of basic weather principles and a few simple forecasting skills can allow you to:

  • enhance your cruise planning skills;
  • improve your racing performance;
  • reduce the likelihood of being exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions.

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.

  • Full-day seminar outline - click here
  • Half-day seminar outline - click here

Download the flyer describing the full-day or half-day seminar.


Great Lakes Wind Forecasting: A Workshop for Sailors


No aspect of weather is more important to sailors than the wind. It dictates when it is safe to leave port and whether your journey will be fast or comfortable. On the race course, properly predicting the wind separates the winners from the losers.

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
• how to translate the confusing symbols and meteorological shorthand on forecast graphics
• the basics of lake breezes, land breezes, thunderstorms, clouds and other dynamics that produce localized and short-term changes in the wind
• ways to judge the likelihood, strength and duration of headers/lifts
• a methodology for observing the wind and using on-line resources to develop your own forecast
• strategies for using your wind-forecasting knowledge to your advantage, whether you are a day sailor, cruiser or serious racer

The workshop combines traditional classroom instruction, case studies and several hands-on forecasting exercises to create an engaging learning experience.

  • Click here for a detailed outline of this seminar.
  • Click here for the seminar flier.

 


Preparing Your Mac Forecast: A Workshop for Sailors


Sailing and weather are intrinsically linked. Experienced Mac sailors understand that developing a pre-race weather forecast and monitoring its evolution on the racecourse is an important strategic and safety aspect of participating in either Mac. Misjudging the wind forecast can quickly send you to the back of your fleet, while failing to properly assess the risk for severe weather can unnecessarily jeopardize the safety of the crew.

The workshop is designed for Mac sailors interested in improving their weather forecasting skills. What you can expect to learn at the workshop:

  • how to decode the confusing symbols and meteorological shorthand on forecast graphics
  • predicting the development and movement of low and high pressure systems
  • why the wind behaves the way it does
  • determining the potential and nature of severe weather
  • where to find forecast graphics and a strategy for preparing a forecast
  • how to interpret Doppler weather radar

The workshop combines classroom instruction, case studies, and hands-on forecasting exercises to create an engaging learning experience.

  • Download the outline describing the seminar.

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.

  • Download the outline describing the seminar.

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.

Click here to view my meteorological resume or here to read about my marine weather forecasting seminars and workshops.

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Email: Mark@LakeErieWX.com
Phone: 440.250.9179

Upcoming Seminars/Presentations

Now scheduling for 2016/2017


Webinar Series-Tuesdays, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/28/2017
Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminar
Great Lakes Cruising Club


Weather Savvy Wednesdays
Wednesday-March 8, 15 22, 2017
Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminar
Edgewater Yacht Club


Saturday, April 15, 2017
Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Seminar
Macatawa Bay Yacht Club
Holland, MI


Friday, April 29, 2017
Marine Weather Forecasting
(seminar outline)
Cruisers University/Annapolis Boat Shows
Annapolis, MD


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