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Understanding Weatherfax

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Acknowledgments Glossary Preface 1. Weatherfax and satellite image technology 2. World weather patterns 3. Charts and images: types and features 4. Interpreting details 5. Putting it all together 6. Storms, hurricanes and cyclones Appendix 1. HF weatherfax station browser Appendix 2. Characteristics of fax transmissions Appendix 3. Map Projections Appendix 4. Symbols used on weather charts Appendix 5. Tables and conversions Appendix 6. The Beaufort Scale Appendix 7. Kepler elements and the NORAD element set Appendix 8. Internet resources Appendix 9. Bibliography Index

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Mike Harris has spent the last 14 years cruising in interesting places while writing and developing software for cruising sailors. His micro-office is his boat, a 45 foot steel cutter which he built himself.


The perfect reference book to shelve beside the often-confounding weatherfax receiver. Ocean Navigator This very handy reference book will take up little room on board and can be firmly recommended. Sail Magazine Written by a seasoned New Zealand voyager, this updated guide to predicting weather from weatherfax and Internet charts doesn t overwhelm; rather, it breaks the technology down to its simplest terms, supported by a glossary of commonly used words and abbreviations. It also covers computer installation, radio/computer interface, software, antennas, and tuning radios for fax as well as interpreting synoptic charts. Cruising World

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