Safety @ Sea Resources

Safety at Sea: Marine Weather Presentation
Presented at Strictly Sail Chicago on January 14, 2017 (click here).

Marine Weather Forecasting Seminars
Learn a little meteorology and reduce some of the uncertainty of sailing on the Great Lakes. An enhanced understanding of basic weather principles and a few simple forecasting skills can allow you to:

It is impossible to predict the weather with total precision, but that doesn’t mean that the weather must be entirely unpredictable. Click here for more information on marine weather forecasting seminars from LakeErieWX.

Managing Your Chicago-Mac Forecast
An article introducing a variety of marine forecasting resources and how to use them. (Click here)

Marine Weather Forecasting Resources

Articles & Case Studies
A collection of articles on interesting marine weather events, such as hurricanes, severe weather events, or regattas, as well as, articles on marine forecasting in general. Studying the past is a great way to improve your understanding of marine weather. (Click here)

About The Author

Mark Thornton has been sailing on Lake Erie for more than 20 years and currently owns Osprey, a C&C 35. His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the lake. 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 ( He served as race meteorologist for the 2014-2016 Bell’s Beer Bayview Race to Mackinac, and is the past president of the Cleveland chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Mark is employed as the Vice-President of Administration for the law firm of Wegman, Hessler & Vanderburg, and 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.