NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts forecasts and warnings using these frequencies (Channel 16 on your VHF marine radio):
Weather can change rapidly and create unexpected emergencies for boat operators. Always watch for changes in the weather and monitor the forecast. As an operator, it is your responsibility to take appropriate action based on the weather.
Coping With Foul Weather
To determine the distance you are from an approaching thunderstorm:
Small Craft Advisory
Winds in the range of 21 to 33 knots (24 to 38 mph) create conditions considered dangerous to small vessels.
Winds are in the range of 34 to 47 knots (39 to 54 mph).
Winds are 48 knots (55 mph) and above. Winds associated with a tropical cyclone, are from 48 to 63 knots.
Winds are 64 knots (74 mph) and above. This warning is displayed only in connection with a hurricane.
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