Since weather is the biggest obstacle of my business I thought that I would talk about how I look at it, to give you some insight what summer weather looks like from my perspective.
First we keep it as safe as we can and still be able to get out on the ocean when we can. If we are looking at just lousy weather no one wants to go out in that especially me. If we are looking at posable thunder storms we take a look and see what area they are talking about. For isolated storms I will show you how to sail around them, we could, and have been hit by them, as they are part of sailing, and summer, they usually last around 20 minutes or so. We turn the boat so that the storm hits the rear starboard quarter and the wind usually blows us out of the storm.
There are three weather sights on the computer that I use, that has kept us safe so far.
Wunder Ground Weather, Maine Harbors, and Passages Weather.
Wunder Ground Weather, and Maine Harbors, both give a nice local picture of the weather, including the direction of the weather, including radar. I like Maine Harbors while I am north of Long Island Sound. I use Wonder Ground Weather all along the coast. Passages Weather gives an in depth look at the wind and the waves showing the heights and directions of each. You can get much information from this sight, it was a great help during our resent trip to the USVI this past fall. I spend a good part of each day monitoring each of these sights during the summer especially Maine Harbors where I also get my tide information.
Here are the links to those sites
Maine Harbors http://www.maineharbors.com/
Passages Weather http://passageweather.com/
Wunder Ground Weather http://www.wunderground.com/