May 22nd-28th is National Safe Boating Week

National Weather Service Safe Boating Week Resources


U.S.C.G. Boating Safety

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!

Plan for boating fun 

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 or NOAA Weather Radio.

For detailed weather forecast:

Go to the the Recreational Weather Briefing Page from the National Weather Service in Springfield, Missouri for a look at expected weather conditions, UV forecasts, and much more.

Or check out the  Weather Activity Planner  which gives you the ability to define the forecast you need for your boating trip.

Before setting out

Pay close attention and listen to detailed weather forecasts on NOAA Weather Radio. NOAA’s National Weather Service advises skippers to check the weather forecasts during a cruise. Continuous weather information is available on NOAA Weather Radio.

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.

More Safety Information:

Thunderstorms Tornadoes Lightning





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