Basic Marine Weather For Paddlers

Basic Marine Weather For Paddlers

Paddling requires many skills. Regardless of where your adventures take you, no aspect is more important than an understanding of marine weather forecasting. During the Marine Weather Forecasting Seminar you will gain an understanding of basic weather principles and learn how to use a wide variety of forecasting resources. These skills will improve your trip planning and reduce the likelihood that you will be exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions. Attendees will also learn where to find and how to interpret marine forecasts for their favorite areas.

Seminar Outline

  • A Solid Foundation – A Basic Meteorology Primer
  • Interpreting Weather Graphics
  • Forecasting Waves
  • Wind Forecasting
  • Clouds & Precipitation
  • Doppler Weather Radar
  • Dissecting Low Pressure Systems
  • Understanding & Forecasting Thunderstorms
  • Creating A Daily Forecast
  • Let’s Play Weather Jeopardy!

Classroom instruction, reviewing past events, and hands-on exercises are used to create an engaging learning experience.

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Comments From Previous Attendees

  • In a single day, Mark was able to bring the basics of marine weather forecasting into sharp focus for our sea kayaking group.  Now well equipped with the seminar’s tools and resources, none of us will ever again believe that a thunderstorm ‘just suddenly appeared’!  
  • I recently attended the weather for paddlers seminar.  Mark knows weather AND is a very skillful and thoughtful teacher.  I’ve been paddling and diving for many years and I learned a lot in this class.
  • Your seminar was just what we needed for a good start in learning how to assess conditions and risks due weather during both the planning and on-water stages of a paddle. You are a great teacher of the subject.

About The Presenter

Mark Thornton has been sailing for more than 25 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. 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.

He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters (www.lakeeriewx.com). Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches basic forecasting seminars to recreational boaters during the off-season. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bell’s Beer Bayview Race to Mackinac since 2014. Mark is also employed as a Teaching Assistant in the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program at Penn State University.

As both a sailor and a meteorologist, I am uniquely qualified to improve the weather-related skills of your members. Please contact me by email or call 440-250-9179 to learn how a weather forecasting seminar can help address your organization's educational, safety, and membership goals.

Click here to view my meteorological resume or here to read about my marine weather forecasting seminars and workshops.

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Email: Mark@LakeErieWX.com
Phone: 440.250.9179


Seminar Schedule


EYC Weather Savvy Wednesdays
Edgewater Yacht Club, Cleveland, Ohio
Dates: Postponed
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Live Webinar - Tropical Weather Forecasting For Cruisers
Great Lakes Cruising Club School
Date: April 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Eastern Time

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Live Webinar - Understanding & Avoiding Thunderstorms
Great Lakes Cruising Club School
Date: May 6 & 7, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Eastern Time

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Seminar Reviews
"You have a passion for meteorology that is contagious and a gift for communicating a complex subject.".

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