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Avoiding Thunderstorms on Narragansett Bay Mark Thornton’s Three-Session Series

February 24, 2021, 7:00 pm - March 10, 2021, 8:30 pm

Due to the success and overwhelmingly positive feedback from our webinar last month about the downburst in Newport last summer, Mark Thornton, a meteorologist and marine weather expert, will present a live series of three weather webinars about boating safety. Learn more about how to avoid dangerous thunderstorms with this special program developed for Sail Newport.

Mark Thornton, Meteorologist from LakeErie WX Marine Weather. Open to the public. More about Mark.

Thunderstorms can quickly spoil an outing in many ways—strong winds, large waves, dangerous lightning, hail, or visibility-limiting rain. This 3-part live webinar series will examine the various types of thunderstorms and the ingredients that lead to their formation. The webinar will cover why thunderstorms often ‘pop-up’ late on summer afternoons and why some storms have short life-spans while others persist for several hours. The webinar will also introduce the many readily-available resources for forecasting and monitoring thunderstorms. The live webinar combines classroom instruction, case studies, and exercises to create an engaging learning experience.

Seminar Topics:

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

  • A few basic weather principles.
  • How to decode the confusing symbols, color shading, and meteorological shorthand on weather forecast maps.
  • How to use Doppler Weather Radar to assess the development, monitor the evolution, and track the movement of thunderstorms.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

  • The different types of thunderstorms.
  • The conditions that lead to thunderstorm development and their life-cycle.
  • How to recognize the large and small-scale weather patterns that promote thunderstorm development.
  • The dynamics that lead to damaging downdrafts and lightning.
  • The dynamics of the “Newport Bubble.”

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

  • How to forecast the potential and nature of severe weather.
  • Integrate your knowledge of thunderstorm development and radar interpretation skills by reviewing several non-severe and severe historical weather events.
  • The terminology used by the National Weather Service during hazardous and severe weather events.

Online and live each night (but recorded for subscribers to access until May 1, 2021).

  • Dates: February 24, March 3, and March 10, 2021
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (EST)

Boating safety! The webinar series is designed for all boaters who would like to reduce their chances of a hair-raising or windswept encounter with a thunderstorm.

$60 for the three-session series (single sessions not available, but all three parts will be recorded and available to subscribers to watch at their convenience until May 1, 2021).

Thank you!
Sail Newport thanks Mark Thornton and LakeErie Marine Weather who will donate a portion of the seminar fees back to Sail Newport!

Please email Emily Greagori, Event Manager, Sail Newport.

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