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Mariners Weather Log

ISSN 0025-3367

U.S. Department of Commerce
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Secretary

VADM Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr. (USN-Ret.)
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

National Weather Service
Mary Glackin
Assistant Administrator for Weather Services (Acting)

Editorial Supervisor
Robert A. Luke

Layout and Design
Crace R. Alexander
Stuart Hayes


Articles, photographs, and letters should be sent to:

Mr. Robert A. Luke, Editorial Supervisor
Mariners Weather Log
Building 3203
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529-6000

Phone: (228) 688-1457
Fax: (228) 688-3923

Hello and welcome. It is that time once again for another great issue of the Mariners Weather Log (MWL). I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer (Okay — winter for our friends down under). It has been exceptionally hot down here in south Mississippi and although I have tried to start eating healthier & have grown a garden, I seem to only be feeding the bugs. If anyone knows how to stop a massive infestation (short of some agent orange that is) please let me know.

Well, at least I can serve up some great reading in this issue. As NOAA continues its 200th anniversary celebration, we have a very interesting expose on nautical charts from past, present, and future. Of course, this is just a taste of some fantastic information available so please visit the web site at and fill up your plate. While we can also celebrate over 40 years of service from Jim Saunders, our Baltimore Port Meteorological Officer or PMO, we are saddened in the fact that this will be the last issue of Jim Wagner’s climatological reviews. Jim decided to retire on us, but he has passed the torch on so look out for the new author in the next issue. Where does Skip Gilham find all these intriguing stories about ships long gone —the MARTHA HINDMAN story is a must read for all. Another must read is the Coast Guard’s re-establishment of the Coastal Warning Display program. Check it out and see if the flags will be flying in your local waters.

Once again, I hope you enjoy our humble magazine and remember to be safe while plying the oceans. Keep those observations coming in! It helps us keep YOU safe.

Regards —Luke

Some Important Web Page Addresses

National Weather Service
National Data Buoy Center
AMVER Program
VOS Program
SEAS Program
Mariners Weather Log
Marine Dissemination
U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center