The National Weather Service has partnered with the National Safe Boating Council to help promote safe boating practices during National Safe Boating Week, which is May 22nd through May 28th. Each day during Safe Boating Week, the NWS will disseminate a Public Information Statement and broadcast public service announcements on NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio.
Here is the schedule for safety messages:
Saturday, May 22: Weather Briefing
Sunday, May 23: Life Jackets
Monday, May 24: Lightning Safety
Tuesday, May 25: Vessel Safety Checks
Wednesday, May 26: Dangerous Waves
Thursday, May 27: Boating Under the Influence
Friday, May 28: Navigation Rules
Few people are affected more by weather than the mariner. An unexpected change in winds, seas, visibility or the sudden development of a thunderstorm can turn a pleasant afternoon into one which threatens the safety of a vessel and its crew. Mariners are urged to pay close attention to forecasts provided by the National Weather Service over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, on the web at www.weather.gov/marine and at local NWS office websites. The website for the Milwaukee/Sullivan NWS office is www.weather.gov/mkx.
Pay close attention to forecasts of rapid changes of weather conditions, including the approach and passage of frontal systems. Always wear your life jacket and never boat while under the influence.
Please take the time during National Safe Boating Week to ensure you will take all the necessary safety steps before heading out on our nation's waterways this spring and summer. Stay Safe!!
National Safe Boating Week website - www.weather.gov/os/marine/safeboating.
Graphical forecasts including wave height and wind information for the Great Lakes are available online at www.weather.gov/greatlakes