Requirements for small craft advisory
From The Sun's print editions:Baltimore Sun reporter Candus Thomson offers this guest post:
A reader asks: When the National Weather Service issues a "small craft advisory," how small is small and how much wind is involved?
The Coast Guard generally assigns the label to vessels shorter than 33 feet. Advisories are issued when sustained winds are expected to be 25 to 38 mph, just below a gale.
But Chesapeake Bay mariners know the direction of the wind is almost as important as the speed, and that when wind and tide direction clash, waves tend to be higher and steeper.
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