Weather Considerations for Transiting the Western Atlantic in the Fall and Spring
Fall ocean passages from the Atlantic coast to Florida or Caribbean Islands can be a challenge as well as the return passage in the spring. Cold frontal passages, squalls, intensifying storms, tropical cyclones, and building high pressure can and do impact the waters of the western Atlantic. The Gulf Stream with its’ warm core, strong current, associated warm and cold eddies, and wind and wave interactions add to the mix of hazards.
Information for advanced planning, weather sources, improving observational capabilities, and the utilization of weather and oceanographic information will be discussed to help ensure safe passage.
Joe Sienkiewicz, NOAA/National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center
Joe Sienkiewicz is a meteorologist with the NOAA / National Weather Service’s Ocean Prediction Center in College Park, MD. He serves as Chief of the Ocean Applications Branch and is in charge of science and technology infusion to ocean weather warning and forecast services. He holds a B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography from SUNY Maritime College and M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington. Prior to grad school Joe worked as mate and relief captain on tugboats based out of NY. He is a lifelong sailor.