GLCC Weather Savvy Mariner Series
Great Lakes Basic Marine Weather Webinar
For Both Sailors & Power Boaters
February 26, March 5, 12, & 19, 2019


Learn a little weather forecasting and reduce the uncertainty of boating on the Great Lakes. While it isn’t possible to predict the weather with total precision, it doesn’t mean that the weather must be entirely unpredictable. The Weather Savvy Mariner series is designed to provide Great Lakes power boaters and sailors with an understanding of basic marine weather forecasting. With these skills, you can:

  • Improve your decision-making for family outings.
  • Enhance your confidence in planning long-distance journeys.
  • Improve your racing performance.
  • Reduce the likelihood of being exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions.

What you can expect to learn from the webinars:

  • How to decode the confusing symbols and meteorological shorthand on forecast graphics.
  • How to predict the development and movement of low pressure systems and their accompanying frontal boundaries.
  • Why the wind behaves the way it does and how to prepare a detailed wind forecast.
  • How to prepare a detailed wave height forecast.
  • How to forecast the potential and nature of severe weather.
  • The terminology used by the National Weather Service during hazardous and severe weather events.
  • How to use Doppler weather radar to help you avoid a hair-raising encounter with a thunderstorm.
  • Where to find forecast graphics and a strategy for preparing a multi-day marine forecast.
Online Webinars at

February 26, March 5, 12 & 19, 2019

8:00 pm to 9:15 pm

$60 for the entire series ($55 for GLCC, USPS & CPS Members). Individual webinars are $20 each.

Click here to register on the GLCC School website.

Please send questions regarding the seminar to Mark Thornton at Please click here to view the speaker's biography.

Seminar Outline

Week One - February 26, 2019
- Basic Meteorological Principles
- Translating Surface Weather Maps
Week Two - March 5, 2019
- Forces Controlling the Wind
- Doppler Weather Radar
Week Three - March 12, 2019
- High and Low Pressure Systems
Week Four - March 19, 2019
- Thunderstorms
- Creating A Daily Forecast Routine

Click here for a detailed outline of the GLCC Weather Savvy Mariner Series.