It’s not often you can get a briefing from world experts on a subject, but voyagers will have an excellent chance to do just that when the National Hurricane Center in Miami hosts the 2022 Mariner’s Weather Hazards Workshop on March 15 to 17. The Seven Seas Cruising Association is actively promoting the session to its members and you can find out more on its website (SSCA.org).
The virtual event will cover a wide variety of topics related to extreme weather. Subject matter scheduled for coverage includes: a 2021 Hurricane Season Recap; NHC tropical cyclone forecast products and uncertainties; 40-minute breakout sessions that will each include a Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) surface analyst, TAFB marine forecaster, Hurricane Specialist Unit (HSU) hurricane specialist, and Weather Forecast Office (WFO) marine forecaster; feedback sessions on TAFB, HSU and Ocean Prediction Center product changes; a session on the NOAA Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS) program; Q&A discussions and more.
There will also be five external speakers not from the National Weather Service. “The external speakers usually have some sort of discussion regarding how they handle hurricanes,” Andy Latto from NOAA wrote in an email. “The other talks include a lot of material regarding weather hazards that are related to other oceanic weather hazards, but occasionally will discuss how their respective part of the organization deals with hurricane threats.”
You can register for the session here: https://tinyurl.com/yckkm8jx.