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National Boating Safety

National safe boating week continues with the topic of the marine forecast... understanding a marine forecast is critical to safe boating.

Pay close attention to forecasts of rapid changes of weather conditions...including the approach and passage of frontal systems.

Take particular note of any advisories or warnings that may be in effect...such as small craft advisories... Gale and storm warnings.

When out on the water always keep a close watch on the sky. Watch for rapid cloud build ups which can lead to thunderstorms. Note sudden changes in wind direction and or wind speed which can indicate that changes are on the way.

If you have a barometer on board...be sure to check it every few hours. A rising barometer usually indicates fair weather and often a rise in winds...while a falling barometer can indicate stormy or rainy conditions.

Before going out and again while on the water...mariners are strongly urged to pay close attention to marine forecasts provided by the national weather service over noaa weather radio...all hazards. You can also obtain forecasts at www.weather.gov/marine and at www.weather.gov/chs.

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