Author Archives: Fred Pickhardt

About Fred Pickhardt

Fred Pickhardt, Marine Meteorologist I am a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. I have extensive experience in marine weather analysis, marine weather forecasting, optimum ship routing, vessel performance evaluations and forensic marine 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.

What weather can I expect cruising the Caribbean during December?

Over the Caribbean during December winds tend to be mostly from the east or northeast averaging forces 4-5 (11-21 knots).  Over the Gulf of Mexico winds tend to be more variable but still averaging mostly forces 4-5 (11-21 knots).  The … Continue reading

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Dangerous West Pacific Storm Developing

  Post-Tropical Hurricane Force Storm Lan will move rapidly northeast and transfer its energy to a developing storm low that will move towards the southwestern Bering Sea and western Aleutian islands.       This developing storm will deepen very … Continue reading

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Intense Hurricane Force North Atlantic Storm

An intense 947mb hurricane force storm low over North Atlantic well east of Newfoundland is moving northeast at 15 knots.  Currently winds of 65-85 knots extend outward 120 NM south of the center with seas to 40 feet (about 12 … Continue reading

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Super Typhoon Lan approaching Japan

Super Typhoon Lan at 1200 UTC 21 October was center about 307 NM east-southeast of Kadena Air Force Base on Okinawa, Japan and was moving N-NE at 16 knots with max winds up to 130 knots.  Lan has a large … Continue reading

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Super Typhoon possible over western Pacific

Tropical Storm Lan over the western North Pacific about 186 NM northwest of Kyangel was moving slowly towards the northeast with max winds of 55 knots.  Wind shear is low, ocean temperatures are very warm at 30 C to 31 … Continue reading

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Hurricane Nate Saturday Update

Hurricane Nate continues to intensify over the warm Gulf of Mexico as it moves rapidly toward the north-northwest at 23 knots (26 mph). Currently max winds are 80 knots (90 mph)but conditions appear favorable for Nate to continue strengthening for … Continue reading

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Tropical Storm Nate Upate

Tropical Storm Nate is poorly organized with max winds of about 45 knots (50 mph) located 50 nm from the center and was moving just west of north at 18 knots. Nate is expected to move quickly north-northwestward for the … Continue reading

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What is the weather like cruising the Caribbean in October?

October is an excellent month to cruise the Caribbean Sea.  Generally, winds are light to moderate coming primarily from the east and averaging 7-16 knots with the risk for encountering gale force or higher winds are 1 percent or less.  … Continue reading

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Hurricane Maria update: 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC) Sun Sep 24 2017

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has reduced the max winds of Maria to 90 knots (105 mph) which is a Cat 2 storm, based on the latest information from the NOAA and Air Force Hurricane Hunter aircraft. The minimum pressure … Continue reading

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Hurricane Maria Update

Hurricane Maria at 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC) Thu Sep 21 2017 Maria has a large 40 nm wide eye and max winds of about 100 knots (115mph). Hurricane force winds extent outward 40-50 NM while 50 knot (58mph) or … Continue reading

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