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Rocky coast after two days of Force 5

A rocky coast after two days of Force 5 onshore winds.

 

 

WIND

Lighthouse on pier

 

Winds & the kayaker
Windward / leeward
The causes of wind
The effect of landscape
Beaufort Scale for kayakers
Leeway
   

WAVES

 

Waves at sea
Waves at the coast
Waves at the beach
Waves at a river mouth
   

TIDES

 

Tide tables
A visual check on the tide

High / low tide cycle
Tidal range
Rule of Twelfths

Spring / Neap tides

High speed tides
Tides & rivers
Tidal bore waves
   

CURRENTS

 

Tidal stream data
Crossing a strong current

Going against the current
Playing with currents
Strong currents, rough water
Some extreme currents

Currents not caused by the tides
Overfalls & tide races

Large back eddies & whirlpools
   

PREDICTING THE WEATHER

 

The origin of wind
Atmospheric pressure
Global circulation
Air masses

Coastal weather in North America
The classic low

The classic anticyclone

Fog
   

PROFESSIONAL WEATHER FORECASTS

 

Professional weather forecasts
Internet weather forecasts

Radio forecasts
Telephone forecasts
Forecasts overseas

 

 

 

Big wave entering cliff arch

This picture is courtesy of Murty Campbell and Stornoway Canoe Club.

 

 

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