John Huth - Weather on the Run

Weather on the Run

A Presentation by John Huth

Saturday, March 23, 2019 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Nanuq Kayaking, The Maine Wharf, Portland, Maine 04101


You can improve your ability to read the weather through an understanding of the physical processes driving weather systems when coupled with observations. Although this shouldn’t supplant NOAA radio and other weather resources, it can help you fine tune forecasts for local conditions and enhance the experience on the water.

Sailing into the Storm

John Huth's presentation will emphasize short space-time weather events that are important to recognize, like squalls and afternoon thunderstorms. These can be difficult to predict with any geographic specificity, but clearly are one of the biggest hazards out there. There are even signs from the night before that can be helpful. The main thing is to be able to interpret weather signs on your own.

In addition, John will examine cyclonic storms, e.g. Nor'easters. These storms may occur at any time of year but are most frequent and most violent between September and April, according to the National Weather Service.

Satellite image of a Nor'easter

Visible satellite image of the March 2014 Nor’easter.

John Huth is Donner Professor of Science in the Physics Department at Harvard University and the author of The Lost Art of Finding Our Way.

John Huth sea kayaking

John Huth navigating through a rock slot of Placentia Island in coastal Maine.

Photograph courtesy of John Huth.

The Lost Art of Finding Our Way book cover
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