Author Archives: Fred Pickhardt

About Fred Pickhardt

I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade after graduating from State University of New York Maritime College. I have extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic weather event reconstructions. I founded Ocean Weather Services and as Owner and Chief Consultant currently provide optimum ship routing services and forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.

Hurricane-Force Storm expected over Gulf of Alaska

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Hurricane-Force Storm NW of Ireland

An intense winter storm over the eastern North Atlantic northwest of Ireland has been producing hurricane-force winds with significant wave heights to 16 meters (52 feet) west of Ireland.

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Capsizing and Sinking of Barge Dredge200 and Loss of Workboat R.E. Pierson 2 Pushed by Tugboat Big Jake

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the probable cause of the capsizing and sinking of the Dredge200 and the R.E. Pierson 2  in December 2, 2018 was the decision by the tow captain and owner to attempt … Continue reading

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Intense Hurricane-Force Storm developing east of Japan

A rapidly deepening storm low over the western North Pacific east of Japan is forecast to reach 944 mb with winds of 55-75 knots and seas building to 58 feet (17.7 meters) over the next 12-24 hours.

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Typhoon Forecast to impact Philippines on Christmas

Tropical Storm Phanfone over the western North Pacific east of the Philippines is tracking westward at 14 knots with max winds about 55 knots. Conditions favor additional strengthening with max winds reaching near 70 knots within the next 12 hours … Continue reading

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Hurricane Force storms over North Atlantic Shipping Lanes

A strong 500 mb jet is setting up west to east across the North Atlantic over the next couple of days near 40N latitude. This will favor strong storm development across the main North Atlantic shipping lanes.  Expecting storm to … Continue reading

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Use of the 500 mb Chart at Sea

The 500mb forecast chart is an excellent tool for mariners to estimate where to anticipate the heaviest sea and swell conditions as well as a guide to the expected surface storm tracks and intensities.  The closer the height contours on … Continue reading

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North Atlantic Storm to trigger Gulf of Lion gale to storm winds

Earlier today a hurricane-force storm system west and north of of Ireland was producing storm to hurricane force winds and seas to 15 meters (49 ft).   This system will trigger gale to storm force winds over the Gulf of … Continue reading

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HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING…NORTH PACIFIC

A rapidly deepening storm low over the central North Pacific near 40 N Latitude will result in winds of 50-65 knots and seas building to 45 feet (nearly 14 meters) south and southwest of the center over the next 24-48 … Continue reading

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Tropical Cyclone Belna heading for Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Belna over the South Indian Ocean NNE of Europa Island has been moving SSW at 5 knots with max winds currently estimated at 90 knots.  Belna is expected to make landfall along the west coast of Madagascar thenl … Continue reading

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