Marine Weather 101

Marine Weather 101

Wether you are a sailor or power boater, learning a few basic weather forecasting skills will improve the safety and comfort of your outings. Marine Weather 101 will teach you how to interpret weather maps, prepare a wind & wave forecast, and recognize the potential for thunderstorms. You will also learn where to find marine weather information and how to use Doppler Weather radar to monitor thunderstorms.

Marine Weather 101 Topics:

  • Interpreting Weather Maps
  • Wind & Wave Forecasting
  • Thunderstorms & Doppler Weather Radar

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 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.

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

Interested in reading and learning more about marine weather? A few times each year, I publish an article on an interesting marine weather event. Click here to subscribe to my 'no spam' email distribution list.

Email: Mark@LakeErieWX.com
Phone: 440.250.9179



Marine Weather Forecasting Apps - Webinar
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 8 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern
Great Lakes Cruising Club School
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Marine Weather Essentials - Four Part Webinar Series
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern
Great Lakes Cruising Club School
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Understanding & Avoiding Thunderstorms - Two Part Webinar Series
April 6 & 13, 2021, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern
Great Lakes Cruising Club School
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Tropical Weather Forecasting - Webinar
May 4, 2021, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm Eastern
Great Lakes Cruising Club School
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Seminar Reviews
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