Tag Archives | weather

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Weather watch in Maldives

For the duration of the season, it seems, we’ve been chasing the weather. It’s finally caught up to us. Boats headed from Asia to South Africa on a northerly route across the Indian Ocean, as we are, take off while the northeast monsoon gives a nice ride to the west. December is fine, although you […]

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Iridium GO! + PredictWind for Totem’s Indian Ocean debut

Note: this post was written after our first passage with the Iridium GO! in conjunction with PredictWind’s Offshore App. It has since been updated with the benefit of a full year of use, across the Indian Ocean. Click here to read the new post! Not long before leaving Malaysia, we purchased an Iridium GO!. This was […]

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Ugly weather off the coast of Malaysia

Well, that was unpleasant. There are the beautiful days of white sandy beaches and gin-clear water, and then there are the days when you have your ass handed to you by the weather. We spent just over a week knocking off a list of projects from rig tuning to galvanizing in Penang. It’s probably our last marina […]

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How to use social media to help in a crisis

Typhoon Haiyan ran a course of destruction through the Philippines this week, cutting through the middle of the country on a westbound track. It came with sustained winds of nearly 200 mph (320 km/h)- gusts were up to 235 mph. Can you even imagine what it feels like to be in that kind of wind? […]

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Crazy squalls off the coast of Borneo

The west side of Borneo is giving us excellent squall-spotting and squall-dodging practice. Thunderstorms form most afternoons. It starts innocently enough…just some pretty cumulus clouds giving texture to a beautiful day. But at some point, that puff of fluffy cloud gets evil looking. Most of the time, the wind hits first, with rain starting only […]

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Sydney to Brisbane: the weather always wins

We had looked forward to getting off the dock and being underway for months. Free under sail again, listening to the whoosh of water against the hull while we worked our way north. Taking the time to discover a few pretty bays, as our route would keep us near the shore to avoid the big […]

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Tsunami report – La Cruz entertained by bad judgement from fancy boats

We’re fine and all’s well, although according to the last NOAA report, about an hour ago (2028 UTC), there’s still a tsunami warning in affect for Mexico. That’s the highest level of warning which can be issued, although it seems as though we’ve seen the affects come (and go) through La Cruz already. There have […]

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Tsunami warning

Following an 8.8 earthquake in Chile, we awoke to tsunami warnigns this morning. Jimmy, from s/v SeaLevel, walked through the marina to get the word out and it’s been broadcast on the net. The current projections from NOAA look like we will probably be fine, although we’re keeping an eye on developments. On the other […]

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At peace in placid waters

Sunrise at La Gringa Originally uploaded by behang We are happy to have been spared any action from hurricane Rick. The system sped up, then turned east and broke up much sooner than anyone expected. Mazatlan was still hit squarely, but at least by then it had been reduced to tropical storm force. Nothing to […]

Hurricane Rick

It's ironic that our last post was about being flexible, and rolling with the plans that the weather gods send us, because here we are in Puerto Don Juan once again. This time, it's not just inclement conditions but a bona fide hurricane sending us once again to the protection of what is popularly considered […]

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