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.

Dangerous North Atlantic Storm Impacting Shipping Lanes

A developing hurricane force storm low over the west-central North Atlantic continues to move eastward at 35 knots producing winds of 55-75 knots with significant wave heights up to 12 meters (40 feet) within 180 NM south and 120 NM … Continue reading

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What does a Small Craft Advisory mean?

The National Weather Service has developed a multi-tier concept for forecasting hazardous weather which includes outlooks, watches, warnings and advisories. An outlook is issued to indicate that a hazardous weather or hydrologic event may occur over the next several days. … Continue reading

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Update: Dangerous North Atlantic Hurricane Force Storm Expected

Atlantic Storm Update A rapidly deepening storm low is forecast off the USEC Sunday morning then tracks ENE to East with winds reaching 55-70 knots and seas to 10 meters (33 feet) by 1800 UTC 18th and winds off 60-75 … Continue reading

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Hurricane Force Storm Forecast for Central North Atlantic

A weak low will move off the USEC near Cape Hatteras Saturday evening then move eastward and deepen rapidly and develop storm to hurricane force winds of 55-70 knots and seas to 9 meters (30 ft) south and southwest of … Continue reading

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Tropical Cyclone Cebile near peak intensity

Tropical Cyclone Cebile located about 583 NM S-SE of Diego Garcia in the southern Indian Ocean is packing winds to 115 knots with max significant wave heights to 34 feet (10.4 meters). Hurricane force winds extend outward 50 NM to … Continue reading

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Dangerous Hurricane-force storm forecast off Japan

A rapidly developing hurricane-force storm low is forecast over the western North Pacific off the coast of Japan January 22nd-23rd with storm to hurricane force winds and significant wave heights to 17 meters (about 56 Feet). This will be a … Continue reading

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Hurricane-Force Storm off US East Coast

A rapidly deepening and dangerous hurricane-force storm off the US East Coast is moving northeastward at 30 knots.  Winds of 60-80 knots (70-90 mph) and seas to 49 feet (about 15 meters) are expected  during the next 12 hours within … Continue reading

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Omega Block developing over eastern North Atlantic

The current North Atlantic upper-air pattern is developing  an Omega block over the northeastern North Atlantic. This pattern gets its name because this upper air pattern looks like the Greek letter omega (Ω). Omega blocks tend to have two cut-off … Continue reading

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Hurricane Force storms affecting North Pacific shipping

  Two Hurricane Force storms affecting North Pacific shipping   An intense 950 mb storm low over the north-central North Pacific is moving east with winds of 50-65 knots and seas to 46 feet (14 meters) within 480 NM south … Continue reading

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What’s the weather like 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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