Keep an Eye to the Sky

I’ve always been fascinated with the weather, constantly checking the forecast and “broadcasting” incoming storms to anyone who will listen. I blame it on my weather-obsessed grandmother who always asked how the weather was at the start of every phone conversation… and the fact that I grew up in the Florida Keys, learning to be aware of and track hurricanes at an early age.

Needless to say, this fascination has come in quite handy as a boater. It is, in fact, essential to not only be interested in the weather, but to learn how to “read” it. To know what different cloud formations mean and how wind direction and wave height will affect your trip.

Whether you’re just getting started in boating or are a seasoned pro, it’s important to establish and follow a protocol for checking weather conditions before you head out. It’s also important that you know what to do if you get caught in bad weather.

You can’t control the weather, but you can be prepared.

Here’s some great information about dealing with weather and the elements and bad weather tips to help you get started.

See you on the water!

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Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro is vice president of communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar campaigns where she works to recruit newcomers to recreational fishing and boating and increase awareness of aquatic conservation. Stephanie grew up in the Florida Keys as the daughter of a flats fishing guide. Outside of work, you can find her fishing and boating with her family on the Potomac River in the Northern Neck of Virginia.