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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2003 10:09 pm 
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Just noticed this online>>>

First the good part, WIND!


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http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.i ... siteID=256


Winds look good and are increasing, are sideshore for Jupiter and the gust range isn't too bad. Jupiter is located just to the north of the words "West Palm Beach" on the radar map below, in the USA.

Looking at the Sat. image, not much in the way of clouds over Jupiter:


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http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.i ... ellite+Map

Well, what are you waiting for, time to hit the water and shred until sunset. Wait ... NOT Quite yet, checkout ikitesurf.com a bit further, there is a Severe Tstorm Warning which follows:

Latest Severe Tstorm Warning by KMFL
Valid through 7/2/2003 5:30 PM local time.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
432 PM EDT WED JUL 2 2003

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN PALM BEACH COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST FLORIDA

* UNTIL 530 PM EDT

* AT 432 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS OVER EASTERN LAKE OKEECHOBEE MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 5 TO 10 MPH.

* SOME LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THE STORMS THROUGH 530 PM EDT...
LAKE HARBOR
PAHOKEE
CANAL POINT

IF SEVERE WEATHER APPROACHES YOUR AREA...GO INSIDE A STURDY BUILDING
AWAY FROM WINDOWS. REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAN PRODUCE LARGE
DAMAGING HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 55 MPH...DEADLY
LIGHTNING...AND VERY HEAVY RAIN.

FREQUENT LIGHTNING IS OCCURRING WITH THIS STORM. IF OUTDOORS...STAY
AWAY FROM ISOLATED HIGH OBJECTS SUCH AS TREES. MOVE INDOORS IF
POSSIBLE. WHEN INDOORS...STAY AWAY FROM WINDOWS AND DOORS AND AVOID
USING TELEPHONES UNLESS IT IS AN EMERGENCY. TRY TO UNPLUG UNNECESSARY
ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES BEFORE THE THUNDERSTORM APPROACHES.


LAT...LON 2672 8091 2662 8075 2692 8042 2709 8066

.END

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BAXTER
(from: http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.i ... letinID=16)

Storms? There should be something in the color radar, let's see:

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http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.i ... =Radar+Map

I see what they mean. All that bright red stuff below and to the east of the big lake in the center of the state (Lake Okeechobee), and possibly moving from cover offshore from behind the land. Something like that could sneak up on a kiteboarder shredding away, smack him but good and HAS in the past.

So, what to do? You could go bowling or if you wanted to take a chance, perhaps a BIG ONE, you could go out until things move a bit closer to the coast. It would be good to book it into shore and secure while the stack of storm clouds is a least 15 miles from the coast to TRY to avoid the lightening hazard. Waiting until the storm line is on the coast is A BAD IDEA of course. This band of storms MAY not even make it to the coast but then again, it might. Better to know and be on the lookout for something dark moving in than totally clueless, right?

So, want to ride, do your homework and spend a few minutes on ikitesurf.com, http://weather.gov/ or other resources in your area. If it looks good, GO FOR IT but stay aware of the weather while you are shredding hard.[color=#444444][/color]


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