This important free seminar will discuss the basic 101 fundamentals involved with wind & swell wave development, propagation, & decay. Specifically:
- We will define & illustrate what an ocean wave is & its characteristics.
- We will discuss the dominant role that wind energy has in creating “wind waves” & what happens when “wind waves” leave their generating area as “swell waves”.
- We will further discuss the critical parameters of wind direction & speed, duration, & fetch as it impacts both “wind & swell waves”.
- A boater, whether cruising inside Lake Ontario, a waterway such as the St Lawrence Seaway, bays (e.g. James Bay), sailing coastal or blue water offshore cruising in any ocean; needs to understand in how differing waves characteristics will impact their vessel for safe keeping.
- Finally, for offshore boaters, it is also important to differentiate between regional & full ocean wind & wave charts, depicted in “feet” versus “meters” when discussing & utilizing the U.S. Ocean Prediction Center wind & wave analyses & forecasts charts.
- This seminar is also a critical prerequisite for the prepaid “Understanding Weather & Cruise Decision Making Workshop”. See the Toronto Boat Show website and show guide for free seminar & prepaid workshop schedule along with detailed syllabus write-ups.
Lee Chesneau is a senior marine meteorologist, lecturer, & author. He is a graduate from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) where he earned a B.S. Degree in Meteorology. Lee had a distinguished & extensive career with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) & Satellite Service. He also served as naval officer in the U.S. Navy, a “Route Analyst” for a commercial weather & ship routing company. Today, Lee is an accomplished U.S. Coast Guard certified instructor for basic and advanced meteorology at number of continuing training institutions for professional mariners. He offers the same curriculum to educate & train recreational boaters on becoming self-reliant in their own marine weather knowledge for application in marine weather forecasting & strategic vessel routing. See his webpage www.weatherbylee.com. He can be reached by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .