The following is a safe boating week message from the National safe
boating Council and the National Weather Service for this years
National safe boating week.
The topic today: thunderstorm safety.
Thunderstorms can be a mariners worse nightmare. They can develop
quickly and create dangerous wind and wave conditions. Thunderstorms
can bring shifting and gusty winds, lightning, waterspouts, and
torrential downpours which can turn a days pleasure into a nightmare
of distress. Boaters should use extra caution when thunderstorm
conditions exist and have a plan of escape. Mariners are especially
vulnerable as at times they may be unable to reach port quickly.
Ultimately, boating safety begins ashore with planning and training.
Keep in mind that thunderstorms are usually brief so waiting it out
is better than riding it out. This message was brought to you by the
National Weather Service and the National safe boating Council.
Visit the National Weather Service on the web at www.Weather.Gov
or www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/safeboating and the National safe boating
Council at www.Safeboating Council.Org