Pat's Boating in Canada
Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
Weather Forecasts & Current Conditions
There is no negotiating with the weather. It can change at any time, forcing you to change course or ride it out. Checking weather forecasts at least gives you the best odds of having a pleasant cruise instead of a white-knuckle ride!
You can get marine weather forecasts by radio, TV, newspapers, VHF radio (below) or
Telephone (free and paid), and of course - the Internet.
VHF Radio Forecasts
- Atlantic/Great Lakes channels 21B (161.65 MHz) and 83B (161.775 MHz)
- Environment Canada broadcasts continuously over three dedicated VHF-FM bands:
162.400, 162.475, and 162.550 MHz
- Environment Canada in the telephone blue pages - taped forecasts
(i.e. Kingston 613-389-3252, Ottawa 613-998-3439)
- Pacific coast VHF channel 21B and 39 WX1
- Continuous weather broadcast information is available by telephone at (604) 666-3655 (Vancouver area).
Learn more about VHF marine radio...
Fronts roar through Nova Scotia in the fall like boxcars on a freight train...
They blow squirrels out of the trees and oysters off the rocks, as sailors say.
Angus Phillips, The Washington Post
"The Cloud" by Percy Bysshe Shelley (third verse)
... I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky:
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change, but I cannot die.
For after the rain, when with never a stain
The pavilion of heaven is bare,
And the winds and sunbeams with their convex gleams
Build up the blue dome of air,
I silently laugh at my own cenotaph, --
And out of the caverns of rain,
Like a child from the womb, like a ghost from the tomb,
I arise, and unbuild it again. ...