METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
Much of the world's population lives near a lake or ocean. The weather on the lake and ocean is
extremely important to boating, surfing, fishing, swimming, and enjoying the scenery. Below are
weather parameters that are important when being on and near the lake or ocean.
Wind: The wind tends to be stronger along the shore and over the open water. This is because
there is less friction to slow the movement of air. There are no trees and buildings to
slow the wind. Be prepared for the potential of windy weather when going out on
and near the water especially if the weather is chilly. Windy conditions can make the
water much more dangerous to be in. Even with no wind it can be dangerous. Make sure to
have a lifejacket.
Sun: A great percentage of sunburns occur when people visit the shore and go out in the water. This
is because of having more exposed skin and spending many hours in the sunlight. Also the reflection of
sunlight off the water will increase sun exposure. Make sure to take sunblock with you and put on the
sunblock enough to prevent a sunburn. Sunburns are quickest when the sun is high in the sky.
Water temperature: The water temperature can be much different than the air temperature. If you
are going to be in the water prepare for how cold the water will be. Usually water does not
feel too warm but it can feel cold especially if there is dry and windy weather.
Temperature: Especially when the weather is hot make sure to drink plenty of fluids.
The body loses lots of fluids when active outside in warm weather. If temperatures are cold make sure
to prepare by wearing layered clothing.