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Thunderstorms, Sailing, and Smartphone Radar

By Sailingguide

Thunderstorm on RadarAs the heat builds in the summer sailing season, so does the risk of being caught by a thunderstorm or squall. With sudden or unexpected high winds and building waves, the results can be catastrophic - especially if the boat and/or crew is not ready. Boat owners and captains should have the right equipment aboard and a plan in mind at all times. That plan depends on many factors, beginning with awareness of the coming storm. Fortunately for coastal and inland sailors, smartphones now can show National Weather Service radar images of approaching storms, allowing preparations to be made and the best storm tactics determined. Read this article about how to get and use radar images and the various options for coping if a serious storm hits your sailboat.

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