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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CARIBOU ME
525 AM EDT SUN MAY 22 2016

...NATIONAL SAFE BOATING WEEK...

...MARINE FORECASTS...

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.

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 INCREASES 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 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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