|A foggy morning at 63rd Street beach. The breakwall 100 feet to the right is invisible. (Photo by Lyn Stone.)|
Paddlers need to pay attention to the weather, but looking at the all-purpose local forecast is rarely enough. We start there, but then we turn to a combination of regional radar, marine forecast, nearby weather reporting stations, and good old-fashioned observation to get a more sophisticated sense of what conditions we'll experience on the water.
Some of these sources are easy to identify. In our area, they include:
- The Weather Underground forecast for the Chicago Lakefront.
- The regional radar that shows what might be coming.
- The near-shore marine forecast.
- The current and recent conditions reported at the Harrison Street crib, for what is actually happening on the lake.
- The Great Lakes wave forecast.
- The model of projected fronts and temperature gradients that suggests how the weather may look up to 5 days out.
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|Another afternoon when we got off the water before the storm hit--this time with 70-plus-knot-winds.|