Friday, March 5, 2010

50 ships, thousands of people, stuck in Baltic Sea ice

By Nina Larson (AFP) STOCKHOLM — Around 50 ships, including large ferries carrying thousands, were stuck in the ice in the Baltic Sea, with many unable to move until Friday,...

March 5, 2010
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Thursday, March 4, 2010
Lifesaving Incidents

Louis Majesty’s Incident Video – AIS Data Plotted

Shown above, AIS provider VT Explorer plots the cruise ship Louis Majesty’s path as it encountered rough sea’s on March 3rd, 2010 (click image for high resolution).  VT Explorer tells...

March 4, 2010
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Friday, February 19, 2010
Lifesaving Incidents

Canadian Tall Ship Carrying Students Sinks Off Brazil

Image via Digital Journal According to reports, all 64 students aboard the Canadian flagged tall ship Concordia which san 300 miles off the Brazilian coast have been rescued.  The Canadian...

February 19, 2010
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

NOAA’s National Weather Service to Use New Hurricane Wind Scale

Storm Surge and Flooding Prediction Dropped in New Scale NOAA’s National Weather Service will use a new hurricane scale this season called the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  The scale keeps...

February 18, 2010
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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Waterspouts – Tornadoes At Sea

When tornado’s strike over sea they are known as Waterspouts. The Florida Keys see the largest number of waterspouts per year with as many as 400 to 500 in a...

January 14, 2010
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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Beaufort Scale – Graphics

. Nautical charts and pubs change nearly as fast as the tide sending each sailing second mate back to kintergarden’s cut & paste lessons each time a new notice to...

January 12, 2010
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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Optimum Ship Routing – From Prevailing Winds To Modern Technology

By Fred Pickhardt of Ocean Weather Services The earliest form of ship routing may have been when early humans used the prevailing easterly winds to sail from island to island...

December 1, 2009
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New Email Address for Voluntary Weather Observation Program

Here’s some important information regarding the Voluntary Weather Observation program at NOAA, brought to us by our friends at AMVER. Amver wants to pass along this information we received from...

November 11, 2009
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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Farmers Almanac: Winter 2010

Curious what the upcoming season’s weather has in store? Sure this is a maritime blog but there is no reason we can’t take advice from our land loving friends. Here...

October 1, 2009
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tsunami Infographics – Best Of The Web

Photo by mchaconcr Is the tsunami a maritime news story? Should gCaptain be providing coverage and at what level? These are some of the questions gCaptain editors have been facing...

September 30, 2009
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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

NOAA on Fog: “A Costly Phenomenon”

While perusing the NOAA website this morning, I came across an interesting article on something we are all to familiar with here on the Central and Northern California Coast: FOG. ...

September 15, 2009
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

NOAA’s Powerful New Supercomputers Boost U.S. Weather Forecasts

NOAA has completed implementation of the final phase of a nine year, $180 million contract by installing the newest generation of IBM supercomputers for weather and climate prediction. The primary...

September 8, 2009
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Thursday, August 6, 2009

NOAA Lowers 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Earlier today, NOAA announced that it has lowered its August Atlantic hurricane season outlook from May’s near-normal prediction, to a near- to below-normal Atlantic hurricane season, as the calming effects...

August 6, 2009
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Bill Gates Turns to Fighting Hurricanes

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy So what does a semi-retired mega-billionaire philanthropist do with his spare time? Fight some of the strongest forces...

July 21, 2009
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

NOAA Issues 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

Is it really that time of year again?  Earlier today NOAA issued its initial outlook for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November. The outlook calls...

May 21, 2009
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Sea Storm Playlist: Videos of Ships in Rough Seas

A friend of gCaptain was recently tasked with finding videos of ships in foul weather.  Here’s a sneak peak at a few of the many videos he found.  You can...

April 17, 2009
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Live EarthQuake Monitors – Data, Maps and Realtime Info

The Exploratorium brings us live earthquake monitor and mapping links! Normally I wouldn’t cut an paste so much info but in light of messages I’ve received from mariners worried about...

January 30, 2009
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Saturday, November 29, 2008

ships in heavy weather – at sea photo slideshow

We found this interesting YouTube video of ships battling heavy seas and rogue waves. These photos have been provided by Here at we would love to see your...

November 29, 2008
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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

2008 Hurricane Season Wrap-Up

This years Hurricane season officially comes to an end this Sunday and the 2008 season certainately lived up to NOAA’s expectations as one of the more active seasons on record....

November 26, 2008
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Piloting Heavy Seas

. As a young cadet excited about an approaching storm the C/M told me something I find myself repeating; “You can tell the green hands from the old salts by...

November 18, 2008
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