... Safe boating week is may 18-24 2013...
The National Weather Service and the National safe boating Council
will partner for National safe boating week may 18-24. This week
will highlight relevant weather and safety specific public service
announcements for the recreational boating public.
Today/S topic is thunderstorm safety.
Thunderstorms can be a mariners worst nightmare. They can develop
quickly and create dangerous wind and wave conditions.
Thunderstorms can bring shifting and gusty winds... lightning...
waterspouts... and torrential downpours. They can turn a day/S
pleasure into a nightmare of distress.
A lightning strike to a vessel can be catastrophic... especially if
it results in a fire or loss of electronics. If your boat has a
cabin... then stay inside and avoid touching metal or electrical
devices. If your boat does not have a cabin... stay as low as you can
in the boat.
Ultimately... boating safety begins ashore with planning and
training. Keep in mind that thunderstorms are usually brief... so
waiting it out is better than riding it out.
For more information on hazardous weather and boating safety... visit
the following websites...
Publication information statements are online at