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“The question now is not where is Hurricane Florence going to hit, but where is she going to go afterward,” says marine weather forecaster Chris Parker. This should be of particular concern to boaters in the Chesapeake Bay area.

Chris Parker

Chris Parker

As a free public service, Parker is doing a live forecast every day a 6 p.m. Eastern on his Marine Weather Center Facebook page. The broadcasts go for more than an hour and are uniquely focused on consequences for the boating public.

Parker, a prominent weather router headquartered in Lakeland, Florida, is a partner with our magazine group. This year at TrawlerFest in Baltimore Parker will teach a first-of-its-kind Weather seminar—11 hours long, split over two days. This ambitious course is for cruisers who want to think for themselves. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion that in some cases, depending on the type of insurance and which underwriter, can earn discounts on their premiums.

In Practical Marine Weather, Parker’s goal is to teach attendees the basics of what drives weather in the marine environment and how to predict weather. He begins by answering the question of why weather happens (energy equalization), which in turn drives Trade Winds and other familiar large-scale weather. He will no doubt discuss hurricanes in general and present an after-action report on Florence.


Parker is also online instructor for Boaters University (, where he teaches Weather 101, Basics, a foundation course for Weather 202, Advanced. Together these classes are designed to teach boaters how to do their own forecasting.


Seminars: Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 25-29.
In-Water Boat Show: Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 27-29.
Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Seminar participants enter in-water boat show free on day of seminar.)