There are of course arguments and counter arguments about global warming, carbon footprints and protecting the planet, but what we do not see so much is aplea to protect our environment from the human despoliation that will affect our children’s children and generations thereafter on a simply human level and an aesthetic level.
Taking the oceans for granted has been the case since Noah, as has our attitude to the resources above and beneath the ground. Past logging, clearing and be undone, and as we progress through the 21st Century those activities will inevitably continue, we all need homes, jobs, businesses and roads, etc. Nations that aspire to self sufficient will always want to produce consumer products, drive cars and their people will want wealth.
As lovers of the great outdoors, sportsmen, fathers and mothers, business people, communities, why is there a difference between the move to limit climate change and simply wanting to have a clean environment?
Most of us love clean air, some of us climb hills and mountains to breath in the pure air that is less available in cities and towns, visions of India and China come to mind with people in the streets of their cities wearing face masks because of toxic pollution! Some of us head for the open sea for the same delight in pure nature, others roam mountain trails, hike, go camping backwoods etc, because many of us, we believe most of us, love the great unspoiled outdoors with all that it has to offer.
Ever been to a seafood restaurant, a steak house, a vegan restaurant? How do you like your food, fresh, pure, and wholesome? Or riddled with micro plastics, tainted with nuclear waste, produced from ‘oil bearing plants’ that have replaced virgin forest?
Do you love watching on television showing intriguing visions of the vast complexity of life in nature? We do! Is it not counter intuitive to want these things – especially for our children and their children et al – and yet not take intelligent steps to protect them?
By all means question the concept of global warming if that is your belief, but who in their right mind ‘dumps’ in their own back yard? We believe that most people protect their own environment, try to feed their children with nourishing food and clean water, and desire to look upon the wonders of the world without having wear a face mask or goggles.
Each one of us can do a great deal to help, put our garbage in a bin for removal, stop wasting energy, buy local produce, recycle to avoid waste, shop wise, think clean environment and work to greening the landscape.
Do you know how long it takes to grow a tree to full size – generations, how long it takes to fell the same tree – minutes! How long does it take to plant a tree in the garden at home, in a park or forest?
A. Ten minutes!
If everyone planted a single tree in 2020 that would be billions of new carbon capturing trees worldwide that would rebuild the lungs of our worldCounter intuitive?
Forget global warming if you must but plant that tree, swim in clear water, drink from clean rivers and reservoirs, sail pristine seas, fish for unpolluted fish, for the love of nature take action now!
As we approach the end of the eleventh month of the year 2019, we have already seen severe flooding, freezing conditions and heat waves all in the space of three weeks. The melting of icebergs in Alaska, shrinking of sea ice in the Arctic, or the fires in California and Australia. There are excessively damaging weather events daily in every corner of the planet with flooding almost destroying the city of Venice, and category 5 hurricanes elsewhere.
This is causing some concern as each year the conditions seem to be getting worse. The general public worldwide are now beginning to question their own impact on the environment and what can be done to improve our climate.
We remember the severe flooding across the United Kingdom and Ireland in the first week of January 2014 causing destruction and damage that has been repeated in November 2019. More than 1,700 homes and businesses have been flooded in England alone and there are still flood warnings in place as there is more bad weather predicted. In the United States there has been extremely cold weather with temperatures dropping below -30c° in the same year, and again in 2019, people were warned not to go outside as the bitter winds could freeze the skin and cause frost bite.
Mаnу people wеrе wіthоut heating fоr cooking аnd keeping warm аnd thеrе wеrе cases оf tragic accidents асrоѕѕ Nеw York. Due tо thе poor weather іt meant thаt people соuld nоt commute аѕ buses, planes аnd trains wеrе аll brought tо а standstill. Australia оn thе оthеr hand, thе ѕаmе year оf 2014, hаѕ bееn faced wіth а dіffеrеnt dilemma аѕ thеу hаvе hаd record temperatures аbоvе 40c°. Thеѕе searing temperatures hаvе caused thousands оf bush fires аlоng wіth hundreds bеіng admitted tо hospital fоr heat related illnesses. Presently major cities іn Australia, аnd rесеntlу іn California, hаvе bееn threatened bу fire, albeit started deliberately іn ѕоmе cases but mаdе worse bу thе unrelenting heat.
Thеѕе dіffеrеnt extremes аrе causing uѕ tо bе mоrе aware оf whаt wе саn dо tо hеlр improve thе environment fоr еxаmрlе uѕіng energy saving led lighting. Energy saving lighting hаѕ а bеttеr effect оn thе environment аѕ thеу save mоrе energy аnd lаѕt longer thаn standard incandescent light bulbs.
Thе mоѕt rесеnt attempt tо reduce pollution асrоѕѕ thе globe hаѕ bееn thе introduction оf electric cars –check thе nеw hybrid technology for electric vehicles –we need also this technology also used in motor boats, sailing boats, etc – аt thе minute thе number оf purchases hаѕ bееn small, but іt іѕ hoped оvеr thе years thеѕе types оf cars wіll bе mоrе popular thаn diesel оr petrol cars. Thе drive tо produce electric аnd hybrid vehicles continues аѕ dоеѕ thе search fоr оthеr green alternatives. Power generation іѕ аlѕо ѕееіng а move tо sustainable energy іn thе form оf solar, wind аnd tidal generation іn place оf fossil fuel burning plants.
Time will tell if the attempts by both the public and the governments all over the globe can improve pollution levels to combat and control these extreme weather conditions. I need to report that there is also a branch of science that believe that all these problems are a natural cause of the earths movement of the North Pole axis and has happened countless times in earth’s past history! But we ask the question, would we rather sail blue unpolluted seas, walk and work in an unpolluted environment, or live with foul air, filthy seas and a shortened life expectancy for our children and their children? We need to be careful and stay alert. Although in the past it was a good idea to buy a house at the shore, now it looks like a bad idea. Why?
Because by should the ice of North and/or South Pole melt more rapidly (almost 20 years earlier than expected) we will experience flooding of many coastal cities and inundation of many small island states. Lives and our future may be the price we will pay, no matter whose fault may this be!
We at Marineforecaster are working hard to keep our users safe, by using every means at our disposal to forecast weather events and conditions day by day. We attempt to keep our sea going and inland water going friends informed and we are doing our utmost to maintain an overview of weather events through our expert use of global Live weather Stations and such data as science allows. Take extra care by being sure!
A mаrіnе weather fоrесаѕt іѕ а dеѕсrірtіоn соvеrіng thе аvеrаgе соndіtіоnѕ еxресtеd оvеr thе nеxt 24 hоurѕ оvеr ореn wаtеr. Understanding the different parts of a Marine Weather Forecast is essential for the safety of a sailing vessel and the crew aboard. It mау bе brоkеn dоwn tо іnсludе іnfоrmаtіоn аbоut thе fоllоwіng:
It should be understood that weather forecasting is not a certainty but a probability that comes from data collected from external stations and observatories and processed with supercomputers with different software, and these are the predictive weather models. There are so many unpredictable factors in the weather that seem almost impossible to predict with certainty. Local peculiarities may influence air intensity and are not included in the data used from weather models to calculate the forecast. Thus, in some areas the air intensity may be much higher than that of the forecast and as a result there is the risk of an accident involving the boats sailing in the specific area. That is why before sailing we have to take live weather data in the area of navigation and compare it with the forecast we have received.
Bibliography used from Wikipedia, Australian Buro of Meteorology, Maritime NZ , Acu Weather, NOAA, Science today, WWO and Marineforecaster app
Barometers work on air pressure. Inside an aneroid barometer there is a sealed capsule, often made if copper. Aneroid means that there isn’t any liquid involved. The main component of an aneroid barometer is the capsule or box, the capsule is evacuated (a vacuum) and the skin of the capsule is moved by the ambient air pressure which through a linkage moves the pointer on the barometer scale.
Usually there is a second pointer on a barometer scale that is moved by hand to the ambient setting of the day whereas the main pointer is driven by the aneroid capsule allowing a comparison between the two.
High pressure depresses the capsule, low pressure allows it to remain in shape, very low pressure may cause it to tighten, so long as the capsule is intact the barometer is an exceptionally accurate piece of equipment.
Because the traditional barometers have mechanical linkages they sometimes get ‘hung up’, a quick firm tap on the glass before taking the reading will usually cause the needle to settle in the correct place.
Why is barometric pressure so important?
Because it tells us what to expect from the weather, high pressure means high skies and fair weather whereas low pressure means rain, and inclement conditions.
By checking the way the ‘glass is moving’ i.e. the barometer, we are able to say whether the weather is likely to improve or deteriorate. Essential information for anyone setting out in a boat!
Falling pressure indicates that the mass of the atmosphere above a point is decreasing, which can happen as the result of various atmospheric processes. In general, weather systems with low pressure at their centers (cyclones) are associated with unsettled weather, clouds and precipitation – rain and strong winds.
Rising barometric pressure is often, though not always, a sign that the weather will soon clear and become or remain fair and sunny, i.e. good boating weather.
Air pressure moves from high to low,so, when warm air rises, cooler air will often replace it, so wind often moves from areas where it’s colder to areas where it’s warmer. The greater the difference between the high and low pressure or the shorter the distance between the high-and low-pressure areas, the stronger the wind will blow.
From any boating or commercial sea-going persons point of view knowing how to use a barometer is essential. Heading out into dangerous weather is only for the brave (or foolish) and those who have no choice. For leisure sailors and water sporting buffs a good working barometer can tell you if the conditions are going to stay good, improve, or deteriorate, if it is the latter, please stay on shore!
We are proud to announce that the very
latest edition of the Free Global Weather app by Marineforecaster for seagoing enthusiasts
has just been uploaded to Google Play.
The renewed version upgrade is only for Android devices available at this time. The release for iOS will be delayed for a short time as there are some code issues that need to be solved.
New UI design in the graphics, new menu and a different perspective of the weather so that at a glance one can understand the general weather conditions, without getting into the details unless needed by the skipper, such as intensity and direction of wind and waves, wave height and periodicity, atmospheric pressures and other important data necessary for safe sailing or boating.
Every moon phases have also been upgraded to provide a more accurate outlook and true fidelity.
We need to point you out, to our Live weather data availability. Live weather stations are at your disposal to receive real-time data from stations close to your desired route and users can be sure of the prevailing conditions rather than just using forecasting data for their escapes, either they are planning a short trip to fishing or longer boat trips. *** For the time being some NOAA Stations for the USA area report data from other nearby buoys. This is a data base error we are about to fix the next days. Sorry for any inconvenience!
We hope that the free contour maps (Bathymetry maps) that we exclusively created for all of our users worldwide are proving useful in helping users in making their fishing more efficient as it depicts specific depths below the keel for shallow and for deeper fishing.
All constructive input by users is welcomed
as it helps become better at what we do. We are passionate about making boating
for all pursuits as safe as is possible. Also, your positive vote on the Play
Store is necessary to help us make further advances.
Thank you to all who support us with your advice and positive input. After all, in five years, we have gained more than 200,000 users in 145 countries and with your own advice we have improved implementation. Please, go to the information home page here to read more details or download the app from the Play Store from here!
note, there is a common bug that some email addresses are automatically not
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Θα θέλαμε να ανακοινώσουμε ότι η καινούργια έκδοση της δωρεάν εφαρμογής Marineforecaster για τον καιρό στην θάλασσα μόλις ανέβηκε στο Google Play.
Η ανανεωμένη έκδοση είναι μόνο για συσκευές Android διαθέσιμη. Η έκδοση για iOs θα αργήσει μερικούς μήνες καθώς υπάρχουν κάποια θέματα με τον κώδικα που πρέπει να λυθούν.
Τι καινούργιο υπάρχει:
Νέος σχεδιασμός στα γραφικά, νέο μενού και διαφορετική απεικόνηση του καιρού ώστε με μια ματιά να είναι κανείς σε θέση να καταλαβαίνει τις γενικές καιρικές συνθήκες, χωρίς να μπεί στις λεπτομέρειες που χρειάζονται σε ένα καπετάνιο, όπως ένταση και διεύθυνση ανέμου και κύματος, ύψος και περιοδικότητα κύματος, ατμοσφαιρικές πιέσεις και άλλα δεδομένα απαραίτητα για την ιστιοπολοία ή το σκάφος.
Eγινε επίσης αναβάθμιση των φάσεων του φεγγαριού για να αποδίδεται με μεγαλύτερη ακρίβεια και πιστότητα το φαινόμενο.
Οι σταθμοί ζωντανού καιρού βρίσκονται στην διάθεσή σας για να έχετε την δυνατότητα να παίρνεται πραγματικά δεδομένα από σταθμούς κοντά στην ρότα σας και να βεβαιώνεστε για τις επικρατούσες συνθήκες χωρίς να στιρίζεστε αποκλειστικά στην πρόβλεψη για τις αποδράσεις σας, είτε αυτές είναι ένα κοντινό ψάρεμα, είτε αφορούν μεγαλύτερης διάρκειας ταξείδια με το σκάφος.
Ελπίζουμε ότι και οι δωρεάν παγκόσμιοι βαθυμετρικοί χάρτες που κατά αποκλειστικότητα δημιουργήσαμε και είναι στην διάθεσή σας να σας βοηθήσουν να κάνετε πιό αποδοτικά τα ψαρέματα σας, καθώς απεικονίζουν συγκεκριμένα βάθη για ρηχό ή βαθύ ψάρεμα.
Κάθε καλοπροαίρετη κριτική είναι αποδεκτή για να μας βοηθήσετε να γίνουμε καλύτεροι. Επίσης η θετική σας ψήφος στο Play Store είναι απαραίτητη για να προχωρήσουμε παρακάτω.
Σας ευχαριστούμε όλους όσους μας υποστιρίζετε με τις συμβουλές σας και τα καλά σας λόγια. Άλλωστε στα πέντε χρόνια φτάσαμε να έχουμε 200000 χιλιάδες και πλέον χρήστες σε 145 χώρες και με τις δικές σας συμβουλές για την βελτίωση της εφαρμογής. Μεταβείτε στην αρχική σελίδα πληροφοριών εδώ για να διαβάσετε περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες ή για να κατεβάσετε την εφαρμογή από το Play Store από εδώ!
Hypothermia is Avoidable with Care and Attention,Why do we mention this?
Because hypothermia can creep up on people through exposure to the elements and at sea level, including inland lakes and other sailing waters, making it important to spot and essential that skippers and crew members recognize it and know how to deal with it.
So: What is hypothermia? It is a medical emergency that happens when a person’s body loses core temperature faster than it can replace it. Normal body temperature is c 98.6 F or 37C, if body temperature falls below 95 F or 35C hypothermia occurs.
What should we know so that we can spot the onset of hypothermia?
Stage 1 Shivering, teeth chattering, lowered blood circulation (i.e. pale face and lips)
Stage 2 The person slows down noticeably, has a weak pulse, loses co-ordination, becomes irritable and argumentative and confused, becomes sleepy and lethargic.
Stage 3 Slows down substantially, becomes very weak and barely breathing and their pulse rate drops. He or she may become unconscious. Boaters who end up in the water and those who sail with them should be aware of the significance of exposure and immersion so that they will know how to spot the onset of hypothermia and what action they should take.
It is essential to conserve energy and body heat and to improve survival time weare recommended to: Make sure every crew member (especially children) wears a Personal Flotation Device, a life jacket/preserver, it will help keep your head above water and provide some heat retention.
Stay calm as much as is possible, panic and thrashing about will burn energy. Boaters should ensure that all onboard are wearing clothing that is designed to retain body heat, water proof garments, body suits, warm jackets and hats.
In the water, Swim to rescuers or to take shelter only, swimming burns energy and body heat. If you can get out of the water by climbing into a boat or on the upturned hull do so, try and get as much of your body out of the water as possible.
Very cold water will reduce body temperature to fall around 25 times quicker than air temperature!If you can’t get out of the water curl up into the fetal position or if there are several of you cuddle up close to gain mutual benefit and keep warm.
Do not give alcohol to a hypothermia victim. What can you do to help?Where possible get them into shelter, in a cabin or anywhere that is out of the wind.
Once recovered onboard, remove all wet clothing, dry them with a towel and dress them in warm dry clothes, wrap with blankets or use a space blanket to assist the body to restore core temperature.
Give them warm non- alcoholic drinks providing they are able to swallow them.
Give them high energy food containing sugar including chocolate so long as they are able to cope with eating them.
Do not,Put the person into a hot bath, Massage their limbs,Use heating devices,Allow them alcohol Each of these could cause cardiac arrest.
In any case it is wise to head to a home port and get the hypothermia casualty into medical care where they will be stabilised and treated for any unknown or unseen complications or conditions whose affect may be complicated by the circumstances.
Be prepared. Take the precaution of going onto the water adequately prepared, sail training schools will advise about local conditions and some will give advice on hypothermia. However, we recommend for everyone that they take First Aid lessons with a specific emphasis on hypothermia.
NB. Babies and children do lose body heat quicker than adults.Finally and to emphasise the importance of hypothermia, please note:
In cold waters (c .3 degrees) it can take as little as 15 minutes for a person to die from hypothermia!