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.

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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Two Tropical Cyclones developing over the South Indian Ocean

First Tropical Cyclone Tropical Cyclone (02S) has formed over the South Indian Ocean NNW of St Denis, Reunion and is moving WSW at about 4 knots with max winds of 40 knots. This system is moving through an area of … Continue reading

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What is Weather Routing Vs. Vessel Performance Monitoring?

Optimum ship routing is the art and science of developing the “best route” for a ship based on the existing weather forecasts, ship characteristics, ocean currents and special cargo requirements. Vessel performance monitoring services allow a ship operator, owner or charterer to get a daily performance analysis regarding a vessel’s speed and fuel consumption based on the charter-party specifications and the actual weather and currents encountered. Continue reading

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Typhoon Kammuri to impact Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri over the western North Pacific east of the Philippines is moving westward at 9 knots with max winds of 70 knots. Environmental conditions are favorable for further intensification and Kammuri is expected to reach near 100 knots prior … Continue reading

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Typhoon Kammuri to threaten Philippines

Typhoon Kammuri over the western North Pacific east of the Philippines has been moving northward at 8 knots with max winds currently at 75 knots.  Kammuri is moving over warm ocean water with low to moderate vertical wind shear.   Kammuri … Continue reading

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Typhoon Developing over western North Pacific

Tropical Storm Kammuri over the western North Pacific SW of Guam has been moving west at 12 knots and is moving over warm ocean water with low wind shear.    Max winds currently at 55 knots is forecast to intensify … Continue reading

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Hurricane Force Storm expected along US West Coast

A rapidly deepening storm low is forecast to develop over the eastern North Pacific by early Tuesday moving east-southeastward reaching the US West Coast by Tuesday evening with winds of 55-70 knots and seas building up to 38 feet (11.6 … Continue reading

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North Atlantic Hurricane Force Storm Warning

A deepening complex low will move east-northeastward across the Labrador Sea with winds of 50-65 knots developing south and west of the system and wave height building up to 50 feet (over 15 meters) over the next 24-48 hours. 

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Typhoon Fengsen moves north over western North Pacific

Typhoon Fengsen, over the western North Pacific currently S-SE of Iwo To is moving northward at 14 knots with max winds of 110 knots and max significant wave heights to 50 feet (about 15 meters). Fengsen is forecast to turn … Continue reading

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North Pacific Hurricane Force Storm Warning

A developing low over the central North Pacific will deepen rapidly over the next 24-36 hours as it moves ENE then NE over the east-central  North Pacific south of the Aleutians. Expecting winds of 50-70 knots with seas building to … Continue reading

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