12 January, 2019 - M/V So...fea Deck Log - The weather aboard So...fea


Do not believe what you see online or hear on the TV about weather in Florence, Oregon.

The weather station aboard M/V/ So...fea is correct. And, we also have learned that our sea condition
report from onboard here is far more accurate than what NOAA and the US Coast Guard are reporti
So...fea rather than read in the Siuslaw News ?

Why ? syndication, uncaring accuracy,  and laziness would be for starters, bu a “who-cares” wins the
day, all year long, every day, the weather is VERY important when you live on the water . . . So, I have
my click-ons … 6 of them, to compare with and plan my day at 0600 every morning, and again at 1800.

NOAA is based in Portland, Oregon and all of the subservient online weather stations simply “mirror”
what is on their conditions and forecast site, there are many “neighborhood” hobbyist weather stations
also reporting in right here around Florence (all are ashore and inland), NOAA adds in their MARINE
weather by taking ocean off shore buoy info as an add-in, and this is what the USCG weather keys off
of as well.

Sitting here on an unobstructed waterfront, “on” the water and “in” the tidal flow at the end of a finger
pier adjacent to a bay, with weather sensors 15 foot above sea level tells a repeatedly different tale
than anything found online from any source. And the recorded observations are extremely different !

Being “full-time” boaters, we no longer care to be amused by the open ocean, or even just coastal
cruising for pleasure, there is no novelty in repeating your every day routine (which is exactly why the
week-end hobby part-time boater/fisherman leaves home to go out on the water).  The second
componant to that is fresh in our minds as we review this weeks loss of the Mary B ll, and we relive
being in blue water, or returning, even struggling to seek refuge from weather and sea conditions that
are SO far out of the box from what is being reported…. It should be criminal, it should be prosecuted.

Having outfitted many fleet vessels, I learned that your onboard weather station needs to be quality,
and “looked at”, and, that unless you have good incoming SSB info from nearby boats, you had better
be a weatherman or own a crystal ball, be able to read nature, and the ships cat, and be lucky.

The weather 1 mile around you is your concern, not Portland, or some bobbing buoy, relying on
ashore weather reporting is dangerous… as I see almost everyday when I compare notes here aboard.