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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

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NDBC Technical Publications Office
Leigh Ellis


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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. Thank you once again for picking up this issue of the Mariners Weather Log!

It is with a great deal of sadness that I must report the passing of my dear friend Robert Luke. He was a great colleague and friend to all who knew him, please read his story on page 2.

The US VOS program said goodbye to our Seattle PMO Pat Brandow. Pat retired and is embarking on a new chapter of his life. He has been a tremendous asset to the US VOS program and his expertise will be missed greatly.

I have deemed this issue the "Awards Issue" we love to recognize our ships for their outstanding efforts and this issue is proof positive of what a great job our ships are doing for the program.

Speaking of awards, I think some clarification is in order. This is for those ships that participate in the "leagues" that we have set up. When we do the totals for the month and the year, the system is designed to count 1 observation, per ship, per hour. There are several reasons for this. We have seen, on more than one occasion, ships that will transmit the same observation several times during the hour. Please keep in mind that we do like to see observations come in when significant weather changes occur, however, there is no need to retransmit the observation (several times in the same hour) with no change in the data transmitted or only a change in ships position.

Well thatís about enough of my ramblings and musings. Please enjoy this issue of the Mariners Weather Log.


On the cover:
Sunrise over Lake Superior.
Photo courtesy of Barb Fuler

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