Full Day & Half Day Workshops

Looking for More Education? Register today for more in depth learning with one of the industry’s leading Marine Meteorologist, Lee Chesneau. Expand and grow your knowledge by participating in half day or full day workshops. These workshops are designed to provide interactive, practical hands on-exercises, inspiration, information with robust discussion and ample time for questions and answers. (Registration & Payment Required)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

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The Surface Pressure Chart Workshop

Lee Chesneau

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Room 147 / VIP Room, located on the main field level of BC Place

This 3-hour workshop takes a closer look at & examines more in-depth the surface pressure charts generated by NOAA’s NWS, NHC, & the NWSFO HNL, first introduced in the earlier prerequisite free seminar “An Introduction to Surface Pressure Concepts & Charts” Specifically: Conduct an exercise understanding true wind direction/speed wind barbs associated with low & high-pressure systems symbols. Discuss more in depth, the surface pressure weather system’s symbols & their associated features (e.g., fronts, troughs, & ridges, squall & shear lines, cols). Discussion & follow up exercise on being able to anticipate specific weather conditions (such as barometric pressure, cloud types, precipitation, visibility restrictions, & winds), all associated with the common surface pressure chart symbols. Discussion & follow up exercise on the difference between “Issued” & “Valid” from the NWS’s OPC analyses & forecast charts. There will be a discussion & follow up exercise on changes NWS’s OPC has made to the -/+24-hour interval depicted tracking & intensity trends (marine advisories & warnings) of the surface map’s L’s & H’s pressure centers prior to March 7th, 2018. Finally, Lee Chesneau will present his hierarchy for marine weather prediction, vessel routing & decision making.

$55 per person.

Pre-registration required. (3 hours)

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

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The 500 Mb Chart Workshop

Lee Chesneau

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Room 147 / VIP Room, located on the main field level of BC Place

Deeper discussions on the different components of the upper-level 500 mb chart discussed in the earlier prerequisite free seminar “An introduction to Upper-Air 500 Mb Concepts & Charts.” This will allow for attendees further understanding of this important forecast tool for self-reliant marine weather forecasting & vessel routing offshore & especially on the high seas. Specifically: Identifying & estimating where upper level troughs & ridges on 500 mb charts are. How 500mb controls sea-level surface low & high-pressure systems (eg influences as to where surface low & high pressure weather systems originate, move, intensify & weaken). Discussion & illustration of what a weather pattern is and how to identify, recognize the four basic 500 mb flow patterns. Discussion of how to develop a culture of routinely accessing both 500 mb & their companion at sea-level surface pressure charts and annotating specific features that will allow one to clearly see their connected inter-relationships. Finally, we will introduce the ABCD zones associated with a 500 mb chart & discussed in detail and applied in Heavy Weather Avoidance by Chen & Chesneau - www.chesneaumarineweather.com. It is also recommended attendees attend the other free seminar offered at the boat show on Thurs. Feb 7 Intro to Surface Pressure Concepts & Charts 12 – 1pm and the follow up enrollment in the prepaid Surface Pressure Chart Workshop also offered Thurs Feb 7 2-5pm.

$55 per person.

Pre-registration required. (3 hours)

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

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Integrating Weather for Route Planning & Underway Decision Making

Lee Chesneau

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Room 147 / VIP Room, located on the main field level of BC Place

This intensive all-day program consolidates & integrates complex issues involving marine weather concepts, products & services, applied to navigation strategies for longer distance voyages. The program will be centered around morning lectures, reinforcement exercises, & an afternoon of a hands-on virtual long-distance voyage originating from Vancouver BC. Specifically; A critical discussion of marine watches, advisories, & warnings as issued by Environment Canada & the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) & from Strong Wind Warning/Small Craft Advisories/, to Gale, Storm, & Hurricane Force. An overview of pilot chart interpretation - A review of upper air, surface pressure & wind and wave concepts. Tying in concepts discussed, review interpretation of the three core synoptic scale charts as generated from the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) & other readily available public resources from surface pressure, upper air 500 mb, wind/ wave analyses & forecast products. A hands-on exercise of understanding the key components of the previously discussed synoptic scale products (charts), ranging from upper air, wind plots, 500 mb flow patterns, surface wind plots, fronts, troughs, squall & shear lines, clouds & local surface WX conditions, to wind & wave products (regional feet versus full ocean in meters); all products depicted on navigation friendly Mercator projection backgrounds. Hand on exercise for voyage planning and underway weather forecasting & route decision making from Burrard Inlet, coastal or through inside passages (Straits of Georgia or Juan De Fuca, then over open waters of the Pacific to Alaska or south to other shores such Hawaii to the Marquesas Islands then further south to Australia & New Zealand. Discussion of the most updated publicly held resources, more extensive education & training opportunities. Copies of lecture material and hand- outs will be provided at the end of the symposium.

$99 per person.

Pre-registration required. (8.5 hours)

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