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What everyone should be doing is studying weather and learning to read the clouds the sea and why is the barometer is falling or rising. Thus doing your own local forecast. This is in addition to getting weather reports from other sources.
Combining your home grown skills with the additional weax reports will help you read the weax so much better, to the point where the squalls, micro bursts and thunderstorms don't surpise you or find you unprepaired.
A minor detail: I've had about seven bone breaks & fractures. I know when there is a cold front moving in rapidly. This is a painfully acquired tool. I don't recommend it to anyone... Right now am dealing with a slowly healing broken ankle.
Agreed - this is somewhat like the bow thruster thread. Use the tools available to you and remember that sometimes some of those tools will not be available. Keep lots of arrows in your quiver. After getting caught once by an unexpected low, I will not sail without a barometer. My watch has one.
I have found that many of the models are misleading when they cannot account for local weather conditions, like the Qualicum and Squamish in the PNW. They are good for more open waters.
But the old Mark I eyeball is good for weather as well as navigation.
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