Anatomy of a Mid-latitude Storm: blue water or brown water, they affect us all
Joe Sienkiewicz, Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch, NOAA Ocean Prediction Center
Whether on a long trans-oceanic voyage, a run down the coast, visiting ports on the Great Lakes, or taking passengers on short day cruises, sailing vessels are exposed to the weather conditions produced by mid-latitude storms. These conditions include strong winds, heavy rain (or snow), building seas, thunderstorms, and fog. Mid-latitude (or extratropical storms) are common, large in scale, often develop quickly, can undergo explosive intensification, impact large areas of the ocean, and move rapidly. Fortunately, the formation, evolution of conditions, and possible impacts are better understood and more predictable than ever before. This talk will walk through the evolution of an ocean storm from prediction (in advance of formation) to maturity using the forecast and analysis products that are available from NOAA. Focus will be on anticipating conditions in various portions of the storm and heavy weather avoidance.
Joe Sienkiewicz is Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch at the NOAA Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, MD. He is in charge of forecast technique development and optimizing the use of ocean and satellite observing systems for ocean weather forecasting for the Ocean prediction Center. Joe is a graduate of NY Maritime and received his MS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington. He was a professional mariner and worked as mate and relief captain on tugboats based out of NY Harbor in the early 80s. His professional interests include: explosively intensifying ocean storms, extreme winds in ocean storms, and wave development and propagation. He has authored and co-authored a variety of peered reviewed articles dealing with aspects of marine weather.