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|09-26-2008 01:40 PM|
Lessee... We left the slip at 13:30 or so, I guess? No problem. Got back into the slip about 18;00 or so? I would've known if the winds had been high enough to be an issue, because we've found out the hard way that the wind really tends to blow Abracadabra's bow around. Nope: It was easy out, easy in.
Then again: Depending on wind direction, we're pretty sheltered up there at the north end of Venetian .
|09-26-2008 01:01 AM|
The reliability of wind and wx predictions varies. Sometimes, if you can hear or read the more complete forecast, they will tell you what confidence factor they have in the forecast. But if you learn to read the weather maps with all those nasty lines and fronts on them--you can get a much better idea of the reliability yourself, for your area.
I know, from observation, that if the weather is moving in from "this" direction, it will move in reliabily--unless there's an occluded front, or something moving up the coast, or a stalled whatever out the other way to complicate things. And if the whether is coming from the opposite direction--I know it is way less reliable.
Stick me down a thousand miles away, and I don't have the reference frame to draw on anymore, it gets way harder to guess.
But that's also part of sailing. Take whatever you're dealt, make lemonade from the lemons, and just keep your head up for squall lines and flashbangs. Squalls I'll often chance, getting zapped I won't. (I float well, but I'm not fireproof.)
|09-25-2008 11:59 PM|
That's a pretty amazing difference. We were out at the same time and only about 5 miles apart on open waters with little to affect the wind except you were closer to shore. But we still had high teens at the dock, I remember vividly the pucker factor of yet another high wind docking.
Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post
|09-25-2008 11:20 AM|
|T34C||We hae the same problems with weather forecasting in Green Bay, despite the fact that NOAA has a weather forecasting center in Green Bay, WI. It all became very clear what the problem was when I learned that the weather center doesn't have so much as 1 window they can look out of.|
|09-25-2008 10:52 AM|
Before and after the sail, we were in and around the north end of Venetian. Didn't look anything like 20 kts, much less gusts to 30, then, either.
|09-25-2008 10:23 AM|
Thanks for the links everybody, but I trust them about as much as the next guy. We use wunderground, its the same info that you find on NOAA, but I think its more user friendly.
I like the windmapper. Alex had a site he posted about a year ago that was very nice as well.
Don't remember the name right now.
WHAT gets me is the observations that NOAA broadcast on the VHF.
Forecast are one thing, but half the time their observations and my observations are two differnt things.
An example I remebember well, sailing in SW winds, clearly SW at about 15knots and building to very gusty and over 20. Listening to the radio, "Some Local Marine Obsevations", They had light West winds from three local observation points, all of which I was no more than 5 -10 miles away from. It was more than an hour later when we were finally passing the Milwaukee breakwall that they corrected there observations. I think there is a least an hour lapse time in what they are observing, and by that time they could be off again.
|09-25-2008 09:19 AM|
I use Windmapper, find it is usually close if not right on the money.
Wind Map - Great Lakes United States
|09-24-2008 10:23 PM|
Originally Posted by SEMIJim View Post
We went out from 10 Mile east past the St Clair light, basicly the middle of the lake around 1pm. Winds were 18 to 22 with a gust to 30. Around 5pm it slowed down to about 15 for about a 15 minutes and then picked back up to 18 to 22.
|09-24-2008 02:17 PM|
What you see on TV the night before and on the morning news and sometimes from Noaa Radio on VHF may or may not be the same as what you are experiencing while sailing.
Take the weather reports as advisories and not fact.
Fact is what you are sailing in once you get underway.
|09-24-2008 01:33 PM|
Dunno as it could be much worse than the lake we've been talking about, Charlie. The sailors here-abouts call it "Lake St. Stupid" because of its frequently erratic, unpredictable and undependable wind patterns.
We were in a race a couple Saturdays ago, up in the bay. We won the pickle boat award . One of the reasons is we hit every freakin' hole in the lake. I mean every hole. There'd be boats not 100 yards off in one direction or the other from us sailing, and we'd be dead in the water, or darn near. That's Lk. St. Stupid for ya.
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