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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
Stuart Hayes


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. Welcome to the latest installment of the Mariners Weather Log. I trust everybody had a great holiday season.

I once again had the privilege of riding the TS Kennedy with Massachusetts Maritime Academy for their 2010 sea term. What a great experience and the weather was much more cooperative on this trip! I just have to say what a great bunch of cadets, crew and staff on board. I look forward to working with Massachusetts Maritime and all the maritime academies in the future. I believe the work we do with the cadets continues to pay great dividends for the US Voluntary Observing Ship program.

In this issue, we are featuring an article from the National Data Buoy Center on buoy vandalism. Having worked at the buoy center in the past, It is a subject that concerns weather forecasters and the mariner alike.

In addition to the recurring articles, this issue features some great cloud observing tips and tricks from our Port Meteorological Officer Jim Luciani in New Jersey, which is a must read for all of our VOS observers out there.

Thanks all from me, take care and enjoy


MWL April 2010 cover image

On the cover: Photo courtesy of National Data Buoy Center, Tropical Atmospheric Ocean (TAO) program.

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VOS Program
SEAS Program
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