Always check local weather conditions before departure. If you notice darkening clouds, volatile and rough changing winds or sudden drops in temperature, play it safe by getting off the water. TV and radio forecasts can be a good source of information but there are other good sources for local weather forecasts. For one you can go to our website home page (sbsps.net), click on Marine Weather, and you’ll be sent to NOAA’s local weather site for a local Coastal Waters Forecast. This is the same forecast you’ll hear on your VHF radio by pressing the WX button – NOAA has seven VHF channels devoted to weather forecasts and they lead in with what area each is covering, and they repeat and repeat and……. Weather forecasting Apps are becoming more and more available for access from your computer or mobile smart phone and two that I like to use are predictwind.com and windy.com.