The more that I sail, the more that I learn about the clouds to forecast what to prepare. Most every day or event planned this year, the weather forecasted was wrong or late. We canceled or changed some of our gatherings because of the forecasted storms. We can take the wind but the lightning I am more cautious.
A month ago we were out sailing in the bay. The winds were perfect blowing about 15 knots from the east. As we edged passed the line of cloud front, the winds stopped dead. We had to turn on the engine and pull in the sails, but the chop on the water was still high for no wind. We head back, and the winds picked back up under the clouds.
- "Mare tails and fish scales sailors furl your sails"
- "Rainbow to windward, foul fall the day; rainbow to leeward, rain runs away"
- For the barometer watchers, "quick rise after low, often portends a stronger blow"
- "Red sky at night a sailor's delight, red sky at dawn sailor take warning"