Whether you are a sailor, powerboater, or paddler, learning a few basic weather forecasting skills will increase your enjoyment and improve the safety and comfort of your outings. Marine Weather 101-Great Lakes 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 forecasts and how to use Doppler Weather radar to monitor thunderstorms.

These skills will improve your trip planning and reduce the likelihood that you will be exposed to uncomfortable or hazardous weather conditions. Register today and get ready for the 2024 season.

Seminar Topics
February 22, 2024

  • A few basic weather principles.
  • How to decode the confusing symbols, color shading, and meteorological shorthand on weather forecast maps.
  • The basics of weather forecasting apps.

February 27, 2024

  • Understanding and forecasting the wind.
  • Wave forecasting.
  • Forecasting precipitation.

March 7, 2024

  • How to use Doppler Weather Radar to assess the development, monitor the evolution, and track the movement of thunderstorms.
  • How to forecast the potential and nature of severe weather.
  • The thunderstorm life-cycle and the conditions that lead to their development.
  • How to recognize the large and small-scale weather patterns that promote thunderstorm development.
  • Create a daily forecast routine.

Don't worry if you can't attend one of the live sessions. Each session will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees until July 1, 2024.



Live Webinar Series

February 22, 29 & March 7, 2024

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm (Eastern)

Registration - Only $80 for all live sessions and access to the recordings until July 1, 2024.

Please send questions regarding the webinar to Mark Thornton at Mark@LakeErieWX.com. Please click here to view the speaker's resume.

About The Presenter

Mark Thornton has sailed for more than 30 years and currently owns Osprey, a Mainship 34 Pilot. 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 Mackinac Race since 2014. Mark is also on the faculty of Annapolis Boat Shows - Cruiser University.