Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Newport/Morehead, NC

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEWPORT/MOREHEAD CITY NC
642 AM EDT TUE MAY 19 2015

...SAFE NAVIGATION IN FOG...

THE FOLLOWING IS A SAFE BOATING MESSAGE FROM THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOR THIS YEAR`S
NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK.

CHANCES ARE THAT WHEN YOU ARE ON THE WATER, YOU WILL 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 1 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 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 DON`T 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.GOV AND THE NATIONAL SAFE
BOATING COUNCIL AT WWW.SAFEBOATINGCOUNCIL.ORG

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