Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Caribou, ME

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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
735 AM EDT SUN MAY 17 2015

...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...

...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 PERIODS, ROUGHNESS OF NEAR SHORE WATERS, 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 TO OVER 35 KNOTS (40 MPH), WATERSPOUTS
(TORNADOES OVER WATER), AND HAIL OF 3/4 INCHES 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 A 25 NAUTICAL MILE RANGE
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 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.

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FARRAR



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