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Marine Weather and Tides

Boating enjoyment and safety hinge upon knowing the marine forecast and the tides. Find links to marine forecasts and tide predictions, plus articles about marine weather, tides, and the role of weather in boating safety.
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Marine Weather Advisories, Watches, and Warnings
What is an advisory, watch or warning? The National Weather Service issues marine weather advisories, watches and warnings to warn mariners of unsafe boating conditions.

The Beaufort Scale
The National Weather Service uses this scale when issuing local marine forecasts. Be familiar with this scale when reading the local marine forecast to determine safe boating conditions.

Tropical Storms
A Tropical Storms are the precursor to hurricanes, but they can be just as deadly. Learn more about these powerful storms.

Hurricanes and the Saffir-Simpson Scale
Learn how hurricanes are rated on the Saffir-Simpson scale and what that means practically speaking when the weatherman tells you a hurricane is predicted to make landfall on your area of the coast.

Waterspouts
Severe marine weather, especially waterspouts, can be unpredictable. Find out what they are and how to spot them while you are out on the water.

Waterspout Picture Gallery
Severe marine weather, especially waterspouts, can be unpredictable. Find out what they are and how to spot them while you are out on the water.

Before Boating, Know Your Marine Weather Forecast
Your local weather report may predict sunny skies and blissful temperatures, but you need to know the marine weather forecast before you decide whether or not to take the boat out.

NOAA
NOAA provides weather, water, and climate forecasts.

NOAA Weather Radio
NOAA's network of radio stations broadcasting continuous weather information direct from a nearby National Weather Service office.

National Weather Service Marine Forecast Site
Use this site to get your local marine forecast.

Saltwatertides.com
Get the day's tide in this handy tide calculator.

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