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Modern Marine Weather, 3rd edition
by David Burch

Foreword by Lee Chesneau

A new, comprehensive text on how to take weather into account for the planning and navigation of voyages, local or global, using the latest technologies as well as the time-honored skills of maritime tradition, so that your time on the water remains as safe and efficient as possible. Fully updated and expanded in this new 3rd edition.

It does not just tell you about it; it tells you how to do it.
By the author of The Barometer Handbook

ISBN 9780914025580
8.5" x 11" paperback, 274 pages, 400 illustrations, Full Color.

A printed copy of this book is included with the
Weather Trainer Live software.

$49.00   ...item# 1886

Hardcover edition available ...item 1886H, $59.00 Purchase Hardcover (Please note hardcover ships from a different location, and can sometimes take a little longer to ship.)

Preface to the third edition

A tremendous amount of the modern part of marine weather has changed in the past five years, which, with the addition of color, and all the benefits that brings, makes this a major update to the previous edition. We have greatly expanded the use of GRIB formatted forecasts, including overlays on weather maps and other images. High resolution rapid refresh models now make it possible to forecast local winds in digital format, which has a potentially revolutionary impact on day sailing in local waters—it’s not just for ocean passages any longer. An overview of optimum weather routing has been added, along with expanded discussion of ASCAT scatterometer winds, which are now readily available in GRIB format.

We have emphasized obtaining weather data by email, including crucial details of the process. Now, with accurate barometers in our cellphones, the benefit of careful pressure analysis is more readily available, and has been stressed. The crucial practice of forecast management (map sequencing) has been improved, and new means of squall forecasting using the new simulated radar reflectivity forecasts have been added. The entire book has been gone over to optimize descriptions, with major updates in several sections.

We did not shy away from including important internet links, well aware that they are subject to change. Updates as needed will be posted at the support link above.

An overview of the book explaining its philosophy can be read in the Introduction (see Sample above).

Used by many of the top sailing schools and professional academies.

A USCG recommended text for deck license exam preparation.

Cited by the Ocean Prediction Center as a reference publication

A printed copy of this book is included with the materials for our online course on marine weather along with the Weather Trainer software program.

If you want a way to review what you learn from the book, and a way to practice composing the key points of practical marine weather into a few sentences, then consider adding our Weather Workbook as a guide to your study of the text.


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