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Mariners Weather Log

ISSN 0025-3367

U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

National Weather Service
Dr. John "Jack" L. Hayes
NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services

Editorial Supervisor
John L. Wasserman

Layout and Design
NDBC Technical Publications Office
Leigh Ellis


Articles, photographs, and letters should be sent to:

Mr. John L. Wasserman, Editorial Supervisor
Mariners Weather Log
Building 3203
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000

Phone: (228) 688-1818
Fax: (228) 688-3923

From the Editor

John Wasserman

Greetings shipmates and friends and a very Happy Mardi Gras to all of you from the Mississippi Gulf Coast! Welcome to the latest and hopefully greatest installment of the Mariners Weather Log

First of all, please join me in a heart Welcome Aboard to our newest member of the US VOS team, Matt Thompson Matt is the new Port Meteorological Officer for Miami. His brief story is included in this issue on page 9.

I received an e-mail from Steph Mason who had been doing what sounded like an exhaustive internet search looking for anyone with information on the ship The Spinning Jenny of Lune The search led her to an online version of the Mariners Weather Log I asked Steph to write a story about the ship and I have included it in this issue I thought it was a fascinating read and I am excited to share the story with you I would like to encourage all the readers out there to contact me if they have stories they would like to share with myself or fellow mariners, some yarns are just too exceptional to keep to oneself Mark Twain once said “I like a good story well told That is the reason I am sometimes forced to tell them myself ”

I was happy to participate in my 3rd seaterm on board the TS Kennedy with Massachusetts Maritime, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts My stay was a short one this time, I took along Rob Niemeyer the Jacksonville PMO showed him the ropes for a few weeks and he completed the term Rob did a great job and I am sure he learned as much from the cadets as they did from him! We always look forward to working more closely with all the Maritime Academies

One last note, The US hosted an international PMO meeting in December It was very educational for me and all of the US PMOs We all look forward to working more closely with our international counterparts in the future

That’s all for now, please enjoy Until next time


MWL April 2011 cover image

On the cover: Spinning Jenny of Lune

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National Weather Service
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AMVER Program
VOS Program
SEAS Program
Mariners Weather Log
Marine Dissemination
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