How To Read Weather Patterns (and if all else fails, turn on Weatherband!)

Monday, 14 August 2017

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If you’re planning a day out on the water, you’ll need a few essentials. Plenty of food and drinks, a change of clothes so you can jump off the back of the boat and cool off, a portable marine stereo system so you can sit back and listen to music and, no doubt, your fishing or diving gear. However, the most important thing for you to remember is your Boy Scout motto – Be Prepared. Check out the weather before you go out, and keep up to date throughout the day, so that you’re ahead of any changes.    

Every boatie worth the salt air they breathe will know the importance of reading the weather. While it may look like a peach of a day to be out fishing, we all know that weather can turn on a dime. There’s a reason Mark Twain said “If you don't like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” New England is far from being the only place known for its variable weather. The prudent boatie will be aware of a few obvious pointers to figure out what the weather is likely to do.

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Common sense first. Look at the calendar, and out the window. If the calendar says it’s summer, then the weather is probably going to be warm and fine. The big thing to note here of course, is the word “probably”. If the calendar says that today is midsummer’s day, and you look out the window and see that it’s raining cats and dogs, which are you more likely to believe?

You may have heard the adage “red sky at night – sailor’s delight, red sky at morning – sailor’s warning” and this ancient rhyme isn’t just an old wives’ tale! A red sky is caused by dust being trapped by high pressure (which carries good weather). Because weather tends to travel from west to east, a red sky at sunset (to the west) means that good weather is still to pass over your area. If it’s red at sunrise (to the east) then the good weather has likely been and gone.

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Clouds are another good pointer. How appropriate for all of us boaties who love fishing that one of the biggest pointers to bad weather is the “mackerel cloud”. These clouds mean that it’s windy up there! Fast moving or dark clouds are also not good signs.

No one should ever venture out on the water without the right safety gear, and a water resistant marine stereo is one of the essentials.  Not just an entertainment system that lets you Bluetooth all your fave boating playlists, FUSION’s StereoActive also has a built in AM/FM radio and Weatherband (USA only) which you can use to listen out for any sudden weather warnings. Not only that, it was purpose built for the marine environment, so it’s made of tough stuff and can float too!

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While it’s good to be able to read the signs to help you predict what sort of day it’s going to be out there, there’s nothing wrong with checking in with the experts too! Listen for the weather forecast before you leave and, while you’re out, keep up to date with Weatherband.

Returning home at the end of a good day on the water, with a load of fish, a mild sunburn, and great memories – what could be better?

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