Tag: weather

Below Zero Kick Off – Coast Guard’s Cold Weather Operations

January and February are the most common coldest months throughout the nation. It’s a time when many Coast Guard units participate in domestic icebreaking and ice rescues. During this month-long campaign, we want to stress cold weather safety for those who may be near water or ice with the help of our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and International Ice Patrol partners as well as various Coast Guard units.

Weathering the seas


With 23 sails harnessing wind as the ship’s primary means of propulsion, Eagle’s operators take the weather very seriously. While Eagle generally navigates in the direction of its next port call, the ship often sails on whatever wind is present. The ship can only sail approximately 75 degrees off the true wind, and thus if the wind is blowing from the direction of the next port call, planning a transit can be challenging. Observing, predicting and responding to the weather all play a huge role in life on the barque.

A guardian for all seasons

Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw breaking ice in this illustration of a Coast Guard photo by Ensign Guillermo Colom. Click the image to watch a video of ice breaking operations aboard the Mackinaw. While last weekend may have marked the official beginning of Spring, the Coast Guard finds itself operating in a bevy of different weather

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itCG-Rescue crew honored, good buoy, Kane’ohe tow, Ida impacts, In memoriam: Elizabeth F. “Betty” Splaine

A Clearwater Coast Guard chopper crew was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives. (Courtesy WFLA-TV News Channel 8, Tampa, FL) Guardians from the CGC Fir replaced a critical weather buoy at the mouth of the Columbia River just in time before the arrival of a severe storm. Operated

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Small Craft Advisories and Boating Safety

Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat practicing surf drills in 25-foot waves. Search and rescue coxwains train in surf conditions to maintain proficiency in heavy weather. (USCG photo by BM1 Christopher Enoksen) Recently, the Compass received a comment asking what a small craft advisory means and what size of boats are considered small crafts. This is

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