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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BURLINGTON VT
411 PM EDT FRI APR 15 2016

...THE HAZARD OF COLD WATER BOATING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BURLINGTON, VERMONT URGES EXTREME
CAUTION WHEN BOATING, CANOEING, OR KAYAKING DURING THE SPRING WHEN
WATER TEMPERATURES REMAIN DANGEROUS COLD IN THE EVENT OF A CAPSIZE.

AFTER A LONG NORTH COUNTRY WINTER, THOUGHTS NATURALLY TURN TOWARD
WARM WEATHER RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. THE FIRST WARM DAYS OF SPRING
OFTEN ATTRACT BOATERS AND OTHER RECREATIONAL ENTHUSIASTS TO THE MANY
BEAUTIFUL LAKES, RIVERS, AND STREAMS ACROSS VERMONT AND NORTHERN NEW
YORK. THOSE VENTURING OUT ON AREA LAKES AND RIVERS NEED TO BE AWARE
OF THE DANGERS POSED BY COLD WATER TEMPERATURES AND HIGH WATER FLOWS.

ON PLEASANTLY WARM AND DRY DAYS IN APRIL AND MAY, IT IS EASY TO
OVERLOOK THE FACT THAT THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER IS MUCH SLOWER
TO RESPOND TO THE CHANGE OF SEASON AND WARMS MUCH MORE SLOWLY THAN
THE AIR TEMPERATURE. RIVERS ARE OFTEN STILL AFFECTED BY RUNOFF FROM
MELTING SNOW FROM MOUNTAIN SUMMITS. LAKES CONTINUE TO UPWELL COLD
WATER FROM BELOW UNTIL A TEMPERATURE OF 39 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, AND
THEN INCREASE IN TEMPERATURE SLOWLY BASED ON AMOUNT AND DAYS OF
SUNSHINE, NEAR SURFACE AIR TEMPERATURE, AND THE SIZE OF THE BODY OF
WATER. ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN, CLIMATE RECORDS INDICATE THAT SURFACE
WATER TEMPERATURES ARE TYPICALLY IN THE UPPER 30S IN LATE APRIL, AND
ONLY RISE INTO THE 40S DURING MAY. AS OF APRIL 15TH...THE LAKE
CHAMPLAIN WATER TEMPERATURE AT COLCHESTER REEF WAS ONLY 37 DEGREES.

SPRING SNOWMELT AND RAINFALL ALSO BRING HIGH RIVER LEVELS AND FAST
FLOWS, MAKING WATERWAYS HAZARDOUS TO NAVIGATE. WOODLAND DEBRIS, SUCH
AS LOGS AND LARGE BRANCHES, SWEPT DOWNSTREAM IN FAST FLOWING
CURRENTS CAN ALSO PRESENT A HAZARD, PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE IN CANOES
AND KAYAKS.

IMMERSION IN COLD WATER CAN BECOME LIFE THREATENING VERY QUICKLY.
SHOULD YOUR CRAFT CAPSIZE, HYPOTHERMIA IN WATERS WITH TEMPERATURES
IN THE UPPER 30S AND 40S CAN OCCUR IN JUST A MATTER OF MINUTES.
BECAUSE WATER CONDUCTS BODY HEAT AWAY 26 TIMES FASTER THAN AIR OF
THE SAME TEMPERATURE, THE COLD WATER RAPIDLY CAUSES EXTREMITIES TO
BECOME NUMB, WEAKENING THE ABILITY OF MUSCLES TO WORK EFFECTIVELY.
TRAGICALLY, SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES ON NORTH
COUNTRY RIVERS AND LAKES IN RECENT YEARS, DROWNING IN THE VERY LOW
WATER TEMPERATURES OF APRIL AND EARLY MAY.

THE NWS URGES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES TO PROTECT YOURSELF AND
MAXIMIZE YOUR ENJOYMENT OF AREA WATERWAYS:

* CONSIDER POSTPONING SMALL CRAFT BOATING ACTIVITIES UNTIL WATER
  TEMPERATURES BECOME WARMER IN LATE SPRING AND SUMMER.

* IF YOU DO CHOOSE TO BOAT, CANOE, OR KAYAK IN APRIL...WEAR A DRY
  SUIT APPROPRIATE FOR WATER TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 30S.

* WEAR ALL RECOMMENDED PROTECTIVE GEAR TO GUARD AGAINST THE COLD
  WATER IN THE EVENT OF AN ACCIDENT OR CAPSIZE.

* REMEMBER...NO MATTER THE SEASON...WHEN YOU ARE ON THE WATER ALWAYS
  WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET.

SAFE BOATING IS NO ACCIDENT! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO THINK SAFETY
FIRST AND PLAN APPROPRIATELY FOR WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS BEFORE
HEADING OUT ON LAKES, RIVERS, AND STREAMS.

$$

BANACOS



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