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.

North Pacific Marine Weather Outlook

The upper-level jet stream continues to be displaced south of 40 N latitude across the western North Pacific while an Omega Block is situated over the eastern North Pacific. Continue reading

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Maritime Weather Outlook Indian Ocean

A ridge of high pressure prevails between 30S and 40S latitudes. A low center southeast of Madagascar is producing strong to gale force winds south and southwest of the center. Continue reading

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Heavy swell expected off South Africa

Heavy swell expected off South Africa Continue reading

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Strong Westerlies continue south of 40 North in Western Pacific

The upper-level Jet continues to be displaced south of 40 N latitude over the western and central North Pacific which will result in persistent gale to storm force (briefly hurricane force) westerlies between 30N and 40N latitudes Continue reading

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Upper-Level Block shunts storm tracks northward away UK

The upper-level Omega Block is re-establishing over the northeastern North Atlantic with a semi-stationary upper cut-off low situated south of the Azores for the next several days which will shunt low tracks N-NE towards Greenland and Iceland and away from … Continue reading

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Hurricane Force Storm over western North Atlantic

A rapidly deepening storm off the US East Coast will move NE producing winds of 50-65 knots increasing to 60-70 knots over the next 24 hours. Continue reading

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Intense Storm forecast across Newfoundland

A developing storm low is forecast off the USEC during the  next 48 hours  will produce  storm winds increasing to hurricane force with heavy freezing spray conditions Continue reading

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Indian Ocean Maritime Weather Outlook

Indian Ocean Maritime Weather Outlook Continue reading

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Blocking High Pressure Continues over UK

strong blocking high continues over the UK Continue reading

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Tropical Cyclone Tiffany has formed north of Cairns, Australia

Tropical Cyclone Tiffany has formed north of Cairns, Australia and is rapidly deepening Continue reading

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