May 22nd through the 28th is National Safe Boating Week. From large reservoirs to scenic riverways, the Ozarks region has a wealth of boating opportunities. Weather can make for an enjoyable boating experience, although the sudden emergence of dark clouds, gusty winds and lightning can turn a day’s pleasure into a time of distress. During National Safe Boating Week, NOAA’s National Weather Service will give some tips, as prepared by the National Safe Boating Council, on how to keep your pleasure and safety to a maximum. Boat smart from the start!
Several days ahead of time start listening for NOAA’s National Weather Service extended seven-day forecasts and Hazardous Weather Outlooks on the internet at http://www.weather.gov/springfield or NOAA Weather Radio.
Or check out the Weather Activity Planner which gives you the ability to define the forecast you need for your boating trip.
Take note of statements and short-term forecasts pertaining to thunderstorms, which are a leading cause of mishaps on our area lakes. Be especially alert for Severe Thunderstorm and Tornado Watches and Warnings. These watches and warnings alert mariners to the potential for high winds and waves in the immediate future. Advisories and warnings for conditions expected later give mariners time to protect life and property. Nothing can ruin a happy day afloat faster than being caught in a storm.
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