Modern Marine Weather by David Burch
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.
It does not just tell you about it, it tells you how to do it.
The Definitive Text about Marine Meteorology
Tracks the history of marine weather from time-honored maritime traditions to the latest technology. This is the definitive text for those wanting to learn more about marine meteorology. In addition to the facts, principles and scientific conclusions expertly revealed in layman’s terms, this work constitutes a truly complete and insightful guide to the numerous new computer-based resources that are now available in the marine weather field.
Modern Marine Weather
Partial Table of Contents
1 – Overview
2 – Pressure and Wind
3 – Global Winds and Currents
4 – Strong Wind Systems
5 – Clouds, Fog, and Sea State
6 – Wind and Terrain
7 – Weather Maps Review
8 – Sources of Weather Data
9 – On-board Forecasting and Tactics
10 – Special Topics
David Burch’s Modern Marine Weather is a fresh and practical guide to understanding the complexities of marine weather and modern forecasting.
“Directed at both offshore and coastal sailors, it goes beyond much of the current literature to first explain modern forecasting technologies with less emphasis on weather theory. According to Burch, it’s only with an understanding of these technologies that mariners can purposefully apply the ever increasing amount of meteorological data available to them. Burch explains how to use weather charts and how to interpret GRIB forecasts – including a discussion of their values and drawbacks. He discusses how to compare various computer models, discusses new and existing onboard technology and record keeping, and provides comprehensive lists of weather resources, and much more. The book fills a serious void in the literature. Voyagers will profit from a serious study of the material discussed in this book.”
— Ocean Navigator Magazine, March-April, 2009