Doppler Weather Radar: A Sailor's Best Friend

Class details:

Available Sessions* Location Instructor
Thursday, January 9, 4:45 pm Masthead Room Mark Thornton

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Class description:

Doppler weather radar from the National Weather Service network has a lot to offer the weather-savvy boater. This presentation by Mark Thornton of LakeErieWX will introduce and examine the common and lesser known types of Doppler radar imagery and provide instruction in its interpretation and use. In addition to learning how weather radar works (along with a few of its quirks), you will learn how to use it to monitor the development, intensity, and speed of approaching thunderstorms. Doppler radar can also be helpful in judging the potential for damaging thunderstorm wind gusts. This presentation will introduce sources for Doppler weather radar such as the Internet, PC-based software, and smartphone and tablet applications.

About Mark Thornton

Mark Thornton began sailing on Lake Erie in 1994 and he currently owns Osprey, a 1985 C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the lake. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical and severe weather forecasting. 

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