BOATERS UNIVERSITY: WEATHER 101, BASICS
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 land...so 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.boatersuniversity.com/ courses/weather-101-basics-registration