Storms and Hurricanes

Severe storms, particularly along the East and Gulf coasts and Florida, can disrupt and damage marinas, marine industry factories and other facilities. Trade Only follows threatening weather and the damage it causes.

Researchers predict active Atlantic hurricane season

Meteorologists with Colorado State University are predicting 18 named storms during the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, with nine expected to become hurricanes and four of those major hurricanes (Saffir/Simpson category 3-4-5) with sustained winds of 111 mph or greater. “The tropical Atlantic has anomalously warmed over the past several months and it appears that the…more

National Weather Service revises storm warning practices

Due to the experience of Hurricane Sandy, the National Weather Service is changing the way it handles post-tropical cyclones, which are closed areas of low pressure that were once designated tropical cyclones but no longer qualify. The first of these changes gives the NWS the option to continue issuing formal advisories on post-tropical cyclones when…more

Hurricane Sandy webinar set for Tuesday

The Association of Marina Industries and BoatUS are holding the last of three webinars to offer advice on lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy. The third and final webinar, “Securing Boats in the Water,” will be held at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday. After suffering through the devastating hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, many Florida…more

Massachusetts says residents’ coastal barriers are illegal

Residents in one Northeast town pummeled by winter storms and flooding are taking matters into their own hands. The problem — their solution is not only expensive, it’s also illegal. In the aftermath of a recent series of devastating storms, some property owners on Plum Island in Newbury, Mass., are shelling out tens of thousands…more

Web page offers updates on Sandy-damaged facilities

Waterway Guide, BoatUS and the Association of Marina Industries are joining forces to give boaters access to current updated information about marinas, facilities and inlets along the storm-affected coast of New Jersey and New York. More than 200 marinas and other facilities have responded to the Superstorm Sandy Resource Page. Waterway Guide, BoatUS and the…more

New Jersey show brings out buyers after Sandy

Some of the boats sold at the Feb. 21-24 New Jersey Boat Sale and Expo were replacements for boats lost in Hurricane Sandy. That’s according to Melissa Danko, executive director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey, who told Trade Only Today that sales were better at this year’s show than last year, the…more

VIDEO: Winds, flooding mark Northeast storm

A winter storm that pounded the Midwest made its way up the East Coast Thursday, flooding parts of New Jersey and Cape Cod, Mass. The slow-moving storm that’s been hanging off the coast for two days today again brought floodwaters into several Cape Cod towns, covering bridges and leaving drivers stranded. In Stone Harbor, N.J.,…more

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Hurricane Sandy: What worked and what didn’t

The catastrophic Northeast storm holds lessons for boatyard owners, say experts at IMBC BoatUS is a “great proponent” of getting boats out of the water and on the hard before a hurricane, but with Sandy “this didn’t work,” says Beth Leonard, BoatUS director of technical services and editor of its Seaworthy magazine. The October storm,…more

Auctions of Sandy-damaged boats under way online

Boats damaged by Hurricane Sandy are being auctioned to dealers at a fraction of what they were once worth.. QCSA Direct, a national auction firm with headquarters in Iowa, started online auctions in February to sell hundreds of Sandy-damaged boats and recreational vehicles that are now at the Monmouth Executive Airpor, according to the Asbury…more

NOAA study focuses on predicting effects of El Niño events

Weather forecasters have long known that El Niño events can throw seasonal climate patterns off kilter, particularly during winter months. Now new research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington suggests that a different way to detect El Niño could help forecasters predict the unusual weather it causes, according to…more

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