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The lat­est aIm ma­rine Group Boaters Univer­sity course, “Weather 101, Ba­sics,” is es­sen­tially a sci­ence course. Its goal is to pre­pare boat­ing en­thu­si­asts for a sec­ond course launch­ing later this year called “Weather 202, ad­vanced.” Taken to­gether, th­ese classes are de­signed to teach those who spend time of the wa­ter to become their own fore­cast­ers.

While the course fo­cuses on sci­ence, it’s taught in plain lan­guage. ma­rine fore­caster Chris Parker talks about the weight of at­mos­phere by ex­plain­ing that “air is pretty heavy.” dis­cussing en­ergy trans­fer on a global scale, Parker says, “There’s more fric­tion on there is less wind.” What is a front? “a leading edge be­tween dis­sim­i­lar air masses.”

Parker has been ad­vis­ing cruis­ing yachts­men for more than 15 years, earn­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for pre­ci­sion fore­cast­ing, ini­tially in the Ba­hamas and Caribbean sea. for ex­am­ple, the Ex­u­mas are an ar­chi­pel­ago in the Ba­hamas that is 130 miles long, yet Parker’s fore­casts di­vide th­ese is­lands into north­ern, cen­tral and south­ern sec­tors for lo­cal­ized pre­dic­tions. no­body else cuts it so fine.

“Weather 101, Ba­sics” is avail­able at www.boater­suni­ver­ cour­ses/weather-101-ba­sics-reg­is­tra­tion

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