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Weather and Tides for Kayakers
 As we have become accustomed to heated (or cooled) houses, cars and work spaces or 'sailed' on powered vessels our understanding of the environment has declined significantly. We are no longer interested in what a red sky at night foretells but typically just admire it for its aesthetic beauty, not that there is anything wrong with that. Perhaps because we choose to sea kayak, we are in a small minority that still does take an interest and so we should. Weather and tides can have a big impact on sea kayakers (whether it is too much or too little) so some sound theorectical knowledge and a keen weather eye is needed if you are to make best use of your paddling opportunities!
 
A good starting place is an understanding of the theory and I can, for the most part, highly recommend this book. Alternatively, there are lots of very good articles available on the internet itself. If it's all still too confusing then why not sign up for one of the Club's in-house courses which runs as part of the Winter Training Programme.

Stuart

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greatweather.co.uk A great resource containing two pages of links to other weather resources. If it's not here you probably don't need it! 
Magic Seaweed Already included in the greatweather site but worthy of its own mention here because of the brilliant graphics! 
UKHO Tide Times Tide times from the not-so-user-friendly UKHO site. 
Cloud Atlas I tried searching for a World Meteorological Organsiation original but all I found was a poor black and white scanned version. This is (with the exception of the Nimbostratus depiction on the first page) a reasonable substitute and has some valuable additional notes. 
BBC UK Tide Table Clear information on tides for the UK 
Met Office The updated graphics are a great improvement but the site is still difficult to navigate. 
XC Weather Accurate information (so far) clearly presented 
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28 Dec 2012, 13:20
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