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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
730 AM EDT THU MAY 21 2015

...SAFE NAVIGATION IN FOG...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING
COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, REMINDING YOU THAT NATIONAL
SAFE BOATING WEEK IS MAY 16TH THROUGH MAY 22ND.

CHANCES ARE THAT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE WATER, YOU WILL AT LEAST
OCCASIONALLY ENCOUNTER REDUCED VISIBILITY IN FOG, AND YOU WILL NEED
TO KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THROUGH IT SAFELY.  FOG FORMS WHEN AIR OVER
A WARM WATER SURFACE IS TRANSPORTED OVER A COLDER WATER SURFACE,
RESULTING IN COOLING AND CONDENSATION.  FOG IS USUALLY CONSIDERED DENSE
IF IT REDUCES VISIBILITY TO LESS THAN ONE MILE.  IT CAN FORM QUICKLY AND
CATCH BOATERS OFF GUARD.  VISIBILITY CAN BE REDUCED TO A FEW FEET,
DISORIENTING BOATERS.  LEARNING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH FOG, OR AVOIDING
IT, IS CRITICAL TO SAFE BOATING.

IF YOU ENCOUNTER FOG, NAVIGATE AT A SLOWER THAN NORMAL SPEED.  SLOWING
DOWN WILL HELP YOU AVOID COLLISIONS.

TURN ON ALL OF YOUR RUNNING LIGHTS, EVEN IN DAYTIME.

LISTEN FOR SOUNDS OF OTHER BOATS THAT MAY BE NEAR YOU, OR FOR FOG HORNS
AND BELLS FROM NEARBY BUOYS.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS SHOULD BROADCAST IMPORTANT INFORMATION
CONCERNING THE FORMATION, MOVEMENT, OR DISSIPATION OF THE FOG.  PAY
CLOSE ATTENTION.

IF YOUR VESSEL HAS RADAR, IT CAN BE USED TO HELP YOU LOCATE DANGERS THAT
MAY BE AROUND YOU.

USE GPS OR A NAVIGATION CHART TO HELP OBTAIN A FIX ON YOUR LOCATION.  IF
YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET YOUR BEARINGS, STAY PUT UNTIL THE FOG LIFTS BUT MAKE
SURE YOU ARE IN A SAFE LOCATION.

BE FAMILIAR WITH HORN AND BELL SOUNDS THAT SHOULD BE PRODUCED TO WARN
OTHERS AROUND YOU WHEN IN DENSE FOG.

HAVE A COMPASS AVAILABLE.  EVEN IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN
THE FOG, WITH A COMPASS YOU CAN DETERMINE THE DIRECTIONS YOU ARE
NAVIGATING.

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL ONLINE, AT
WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG  (ALL LOWER CASE).

CHECK WWW.WEATHER.GOV OR LISTEN TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO ALL HAZARDS FOR THE
LATEST MARINE FORECASTS AND WARNINGS.

$$

KAH



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