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...I recently read the flatter the top of the cloud formation. The stronger the wind will be. I never heard that before, but will take notice from now on. We never stop learning, and that's what makes these discussions great!............i2f
Google "Anvil clouds". An approaching "anvil cloud" formation foretells some serious weather/wind. Even if you can't see it because of sea haze or darkness, if you suddenly begin to feel "cool" zephyrs from one direction or another, you're in for it and a reef and a roll is in order. This is very common on the track from Cape Romano to Key West at night during the summer months. The squalls that make up over the Everglades are drawn out to sea at night. It can get real exciting, real fast. Whenever we head south at this time of year I always rig our third reef.

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NWS saved my butt

couldn't see this one coming but the 1050 Hz TONE ALERT and report made it possible for me to make it back to my mooring in Manhasset before the crap hit the fan ... there's a LOT to be said for "Tools"!!!!

here's the wx summary from that day ....

...SUMMARY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NEW YORK NY HAS CONFIRMED A
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ NEAR GREAT NECK IN NASSAU
COUNTY NY ON JUNE 24 2010.

AS A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM MOVED RAPIDLY SOUTHEAST ACROSS NORTHERN NASSAU COUNTY...IT PRODUCED SIGNIFICANT STRAIGHT LINE HIGH WINDS THAT DOWNED MANY TREES...SOME THAT FELL ON POWER LINES...HOUSES AND VEHICLES.

THE DAMAGE EXTENDED OVER A BROAD AREA EXTENDING FROM OLD POND ROAD EAST TO HAMPSHIRE ROAD...WITH DOWNED TREES FACING SOUTH AND EAST IN THOSE AREAS RESPECTIVELY IN A FANNED-OUT FASHION INDICATIVE OF A MICROBURST. THE MOST SEVERE DAMAGE IN THIS SWATH WAS CONCENTRATED ALONG OLD POND AND STRATHMORE ROADS...WITH DOZENS OF HEALTHY HARDWOOD AND PINE TREES UPROOTED OR SNAPPED IN TWO. THIS DAMAGE IS INDICATIVE OF MAXIMUM WINDS OF 100 MPH.

SEVERAL OTHER NEARBY AREAS ALSO EXPERIENCED WIND AMAGE...INCLUDING
KINGS POINT...THOMASTON...KENSINGTON AND MANHASSET. WINDS GUSTED TO 74 MPH AT 245 PM AT THE KINGS POINT NOAA/NOS TIDE GAUGE ON THE SHORE OF WESTERN LONG ISLAND SOUND.
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I had a similar experiance in narragansett bay a few years ago. Sailing nicely wing on wing up the east passage when I heard a low rumble. Step one, pole down, sail a reach, assess weather, Blue skys as far as I could see (I couldn't see the other side of the island). Seconds later, louder rumble, step two, roll the jib, start the engine and strike the main. By now I reached the tip of the island to OMG black skys.
Running to Wickford was a breif option but the sky closed that path. No sooner did we get the boat closed up and PDF's on did it hit. Blinding rain as in I couldn't see the bow of my 28' boat. Waves and wind like I've never seen in this part of the bay. I ran with the wind noting my positon and compass heading. This lasted for about 5 minutes then dead calm. I turned the boat back to my heading and a minute later the other wall hit. Now I was heading south same wind and waves. 5 minutes later dead calm again. This time it was through. Later that night the news reported 75 mph winds at the Providence airport. Yes it was time for a new pair of shorts.

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+1 to new shorts ... I needed a new jib too!

had my jib furled at the time and it was ripped out part way and seams ripped.

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I had a similar experiance in narragansett bay a few years ago. Sailing nicely wing on wing up the east passage when I heard a low rumble. Step one, pole down, sail a reach, assess weather, Blue skys as far as I could see (I couldn't see the other side of the island). Seconds later, louder rumble, step two, roll the jib, start the engine and strike the main. By now I reached the tip of the island to OMG black skys.
Running to Wickford was a breif option but the sky closed that path. No sooner did we get the boat closed up and PDF's on did it hit. Blinding rain as in I couldn't see the bow of my 28' boat. Waves and wind like I've never seen in this part of the bay. I ran with the wind noting my positon and compass heading. This lasted for about 5 minutes then dead calm. I turned the boat back to my heading and a minute later the other wall hit. Now I was heading south same wind and waves. 5 minutes later dead calm again. This time it was through. Later that night the news reported 75 mph winds at the Providence airport. Yes it was time for a new pair of shorts.

John
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