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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CLEVELAND OH
832 AM EDT TUE MAY 19 2015

...MARINE FORECAST...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL
SAFE BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

UNDERSTANDING A MARINE FORECAST IS CRITICAL TO SAFE BOATING.
WEATHER AND WAVE CONDITIONS CAN CHANGE SUDDENLY...CATCHING
BOATERS OFF GUARD AND CREATING LIFE THREATENING CONDITIONS.

TYPICAL MARINE FORECASTS PREDICT WIND SPEED AND DIRECTION...
WAVE HEIGHTS...AND SIGNIFICANT WEATHER. MARINE FORECASTS
COVER LARGE AREAS AND THE FORECAST ELEMENTS ARE OFTEN GIVEN
IN RANGES.  THE SIGNIFICANT WEATHER MAY NOT OCCUR OVER THE
ENTIRE AREA OR DURING THE ENTIRE FORECAST PERIOD. THE RANGES
REPRESENT AVERAGE CONDITIONS OVER A PERIOD OF TIME...USUALLY
12 HOURS...AND THE ACTUAL CONDITIONS MAY BE LOWER OR HIGHER
THAN THE FORECAST RANGE. BOATERS SHOULD PLAN FOR CONDITIONS
ABOVE AND BELOW THE PREDICTED RANGES.

TAKE PARTICULAR NOTE OF ANY CURRENT ADVISORIES AND
WARNINGS...INCLUDING SMALL CRAFT ADVISORIES...GALE OR STORM
WARNINGS...WHICH ALERT MARINERS TO EITHER HIGH WINDS OR WAVES
OCCURRING NOW OR FORECAST TO OCCUR UP TO 24 HOURS FROM NOW.
SPECIAL MARINE WARNINGS ARE ISSUED FOR SUDDEN INCREASE IN
WINDS OVER 35 KNOTS OR 40 MPH...WATERSPOUTS...AND HAIL OF
THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OR GREATER AND INDICATE A MORE
IMMEDIATE THREAT. MARINE WEATHER STATEMENTS BRING ATTENTION
TO SIGNIFICANT RAPIDLY CHANGING CONDITIONS ON THE WATER
INCLUDING INCREASE IN WINDS...THUNDERSTORMS...DEVELOPMENT OF
DENSE FOG AND EVEN SNOW SQUALLS OR STRONG AND GUSTY RAIN
SHOWERS.

YOU SHOULD HAVE A MARINE VHF TRANSCEIVER WITH BUILT IN NOAA
WEATHER RADIO CHANNELS.  IF YOU VENTURE BEYOND ABOUT 25
NAUTICAL MILES FROM SHORE...YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BUYING A
GOOD QUALITY HF SINGLE SIDEBAND TRANSCEIVER AND SATELLITE
PHONE.

BEFORE SETTING OUT...OBTAIN THE LATEST MARINE FORECAST AND
WARNING INFORMATION FROM HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/MARINE OR
NOAA WEATHER RADIO.  SEVERAL DAYS AHEAD OF TIME YOU CAN
BEGIN LISTENING FOR EXTENDED OUTLOOKS WHICH GIVE GENERAL
INFORMATION OUT TO THE NEXT FIVE DAYS IN BOTH GRAPHICAL AND
TEXT FORMAT.

TO LEARN MORE, VISIT THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL ONLINE
AT HTTP://WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG.  VISIT THE NATIONAL
WEATHER SERVICE AT HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV.
$$

LOMBARDY





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