Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS North Platte, NE

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORTH PLATTE NE
540 AM CDT SUN MAY 17 2015 /440 AM MDT SUN MAY 17 2015/

...PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT...

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

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.

VHF NOAA WEATHER RADIO 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 DONT KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN THE
FOG, WITH A COMPASS YOU CAN DETERMINE THE DIRECTION YOU ARE
NAVIGATING.

THIS MESSAGE WAS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND
THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING COUNCIL. VISIT THE NATIONAL WEATHER
SERVICE ON THE WEB AT WWW.WEATHER.GOVAND THE NATIONAL SAFE BOATING
COUNCIL AT WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.

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