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Sunday, November 15, 2009

11.15- Horn cleats

Cleats on the Dinghy Dock

Several days of continuous N'y to NE'y winds of course means local high waters as Pamlico Sound gets blown up into the river Neuse.

As a result, most of Oriental's public Dinghy Dock lies just beneath the surface, with only the cleats poking up, doing their best imitation of the anchored boats in the harbor.

NOAA indicates winds will continue from the North to Northeast until at least next weekend, so there should be some extra z-axis room in the harbor this week.

A lot of people ask me where I look for weather (it being a common topic among boaters)...

I always direct folks to NOAA's hour-by-hour Interactive Graphical Marine Forecast page for Newport/Morehead City.

You can mouse-over the times and the map will show wind strengths and direction (and other weather conditions) in Pamlico Sound and the Neuse River, with color-codes and helpful little vectors.

I find it is better at predicting what will be happening right on the Neuse River, with hourly changes, while textual forecasts for Pamlico Sound and Morehead City might not.

Check it out at : http://www.weather.gov/forecasts/wfo/sectors/mhx.php

And they have the same thing available for other places around the country.


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