The scales of weather systems will be studied from the largest global patterns, i.e. the Jet Stream, to the local weather phenomenon, i.e. Gulf Stream North Wall, coastal winds and squall lines. Upper air charts will be introduced and integrated with surface weather maps for forecasting and introductory routing and heavy weather avoidance. Sea and swell formation, propagation and decay will be introduced. This knowledge will be applied to the OPC and TPC wind and wave analyses and forecast charts. Tropical cyclone basics and the rules for avoidance will be introduced. Favorable boating weather (e.g. afternoon winds and sea-breezes) and potentially dangerous weather (e.g., squall lines and tropical cyclones) will be emphasized.
Prerequisites: Completion of the Basic Marine Meteorology course or a thorough understanding of OPC/TPC surface weather maps covered in the course.
Scales of weather: global weather patterns; local weather phenomenon, i.e. Gulf Stream North Wall, coastal winds, and squall lines
Introduction to upper air charts; integration with surface weather maps for forecasting and introductory routing and heavy weather avoidance
Introduction to sea and swell formation, propagation, and decay; overview of OPC and TPC wind and wave analyses and forecast charts
Tropical cyclone basics and the rules for avoidance
Tuition: $195. Tuition for companion (crew, mate, family): $175.
Upon course completion you will receive a Landfall Navigation Marine Training Center certificate of completion in Basic Marine Meteorology.
The following suggested reference materials are available for purchase at Landfall or at your preferred book store: