How To Understand and Avoid Chesapeake Thunderstorms Three-Part Webinar

SpinSheet To Host Three-Part Webinar on Chesapeake Thunderstorms With LakeErieWX Marine Weather

If you have not yet experienced a Chesapeake Bay thunderstorm, you’re new around here. We sailors on the Bay always need more information on how to identify and avoid storms. That’s why we’ve partnered with Mark Thornton of LakeErieWX Marine Weather for a three-part webinar series this winter for sailors, paddlers, and powerboaters starting March 15.



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Thunderstorm brewing in Annapolis, Maryland, ont the Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Cindy Wallach

Mark first came to us through Cruisers University, the educational series for cruisers held between the Annapolis Sailboat and Powerboat Shows, where he has been an instructor for many years. Mark been sailing for more than 25 years and after many years, recently sold his C&C 35 Osprey and purchased a Mainship trawler.

His interest in weather forecasting grew from his experiences cruising and racing on the Great Lakes. Mark is a 2006 graduate of the Penn State University Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting, a two-year program that develops skills in general, tropical, and severe weather forecasting.

He is the president of LakeErieWX LLC, a company dedicated to providing marine weather education and forecasting resources for recreational boaters. Mark publishes a marine weather blog and teaches basic forecasting seminars to recreational boaters during the off-season. He has served as the Race Meteorologist for the Bayview Mackinac Race since 2014. Mark is also employed as a Teaching Assistant in the Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting Program at Penn State University.



Among the topics that will be covered in the three-part live webinar series for SpinSheet:

  • The various types of thunderstorms,
  • The ingredients that lead to their formation,
  • The timing and lifespans of thunderstorms,
  • And resources for forecasting and monitoring storms.

The full seminar costs $75 ($65 for CBYRA members), and all registrants will have access to the recordings for future reference in case they must miss a session or want to review. Wednesdays March 15, 22, and 29 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. EST.

NOTE: This webinar will NOT just be for sailors. All boaters will benefit from the series, including powerboaters and paddlers.

Register at this link: