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    Marine weathern bulletin

    Shipping forecast 

    Like a puzzle: The forecast is split up into 31 areas which stretch all the way from Iceland and Norway to the coasts of Portugal and Spain. 

    Shipping forecast on Friday 16th december 2011 (Storm Joachim)

    During this storm, in Brittany on the north-western coast of France, the cargo ship TK Bremen ran aground 100 meters from the Erdeven beach, plage de Kerminhy, between Lorient and the Quiberon peninsula. The nineteen-man crew was evacuated by helicopter.

    Source BBC Radio 4

    • Sea state (wave height 9 levels)  Beaufort Scales (Wind Speed 12 levels)

    Code numberWave



    Speed (km/h)Beaufort Scale
    Effects observed on the sea
    < 1
    < 1
    CalmSea is like a mirror
    0 - 0,1
    1 à 3
    1 à 5
    Light airRipples with appearance of scales; no foam crests
    0,1 - 0,5
    4 à 6
    6 à 11
    Light breezeSmall wavelets; crests of glassy appearance, not breaking
    0,5 - 1,25
    7 à 10
    12 à 19
    Gentle breezeLarge wavelets; crests begin to break; scattered whitecaps
    1,25 - 2,5
    11 à 16
    20 à 28
    Moderate breezeSmall waves, becoming longer; numerous whitecaps
    2,5 - 4
    17 à 21
    29 à 38
    Fresh breezeModerate waves, taking longer form; many whitecaps; some spray
    4 - 6
    22 à 27
    39 à 49
    Strong breezeLarger waves forming; whitecaps everywhere; more spray
    6 - 9
    28 à 33
    50 à 61
    Near galeSea heaps up; white foam from breaking waves begins to be blown in streaks
    9 - 14
    34 à 40
    50 à 61
    GaleModerately high waves of greater length; edges of crests begin to break into spindrift; foam is blown in well-marked streaks
    14 et plus
    41 à 47
    75 à 88
    Strong galeHigh waves; sea begins to roll; dense streaks of foam; spray may begin to reduce visibility
    48 à 55
    89 à 102
    StormVery high waves with overhanging crests; sea takes white appearance as foamis blown in very dense streaks; rolling is heavy and visibility isreduced
    56 à 63
    103 à 117
    Violent stormExceptionally high waves; sea covered with white foam patches; visibility further reduced
    > 64
    > 118
    HurricaneAir filled with foam; sea completely white with driving spray; visibility greatly reduced


    ForceCharacteristicsHeight (meters)
    0Calm (glassy)0
    1Calm (rippled)0 - 0,1
    2Smooth (wavelets)0,1 - 0,5
    3Slight0,5 - 1,25
    4Moderate1,25 - 2,5
    5Rough2,5 - 4
    6Very rough4 - 6
    7High6 - 9
    8Very high9 - 14
    9Phenomenal14 et plus

    Weather forecast
    Warnings of gales
    General synopsis
    Weather forecast
    Gale warning
    Gale (34-40 knots)
    Severe gale (41-47 knots)
    Storm (48-55 knots)
    Violent storm (56-63 knots)
    Hurricane force (+64knots)
    Sea state
    Time scales
    Wind direction
    Becoming cyclonic
    Pressure tendency
    Rising quickly
    Now rising
    Movement of pressure systems
    Rather quickly
    Very rapidly

    Listen to the shipping forecast and find the missing words.

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    The shipping forecast issued by the on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency at 0505 on Friday, 16th December 2011.

    There are warnings of in Thames, Dover, Wights, Portland, Plymouth, Biscay, FitzRoy, Sole, Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea, Shannon, Rockall, Faeroes, and SE Iceland.

    The general synopsis at midnight: Low Portland expected northeast Germany 962 by midnight tonight.

    Low Malin moving east losing its identity by same time.

    The area forecast for the next 24 hours:

    Listen to these components which are always given in the following order:

    (1) Location: Viking, Forth, Tyne, etc.

    (2) Wind: 5 to 7 gale, etc.

    (3) Weather: Wintry showers, etc.

    (4) Visibility: Good, occasionally poor

    (1) Viking, N. Utsire, S. Utsire, Forties, Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger; (2) Northerly or northeasterly 4 or 5 backing northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later in Forties and Dogger; (3) Wintry ; (4) Good, occasionally poor.

    Fisher; Variable 4, becoming northerly 5 to 7 perhaps gale 8 later; Wintry showers;

    German Bight, Humber; Northeast backing north 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later; ; Good, occasionally poor.

    Thames; Northeast backing northwest 6 to gale 8; Rain then showers; Good occasionally poor.

    Dover; becoming northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 at first; Rain, then showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    Wight, Portland, Plymouth; Northwest 6 to gale 8, occasionally severe gale 9 in Plymouth; Rain then squally showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    Biscay; Southwesterly severe gale 9 to 11 in South at first, otherwise northwesterly gale 8 to storm 10, rain then squally showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    FitzRoy; Southwesterly in south at first, otherwise, northwesterly 7 to severe gale 9; ; Good, occasionally poor.

    Sole: Northwest 7 to severe gale 9, increasing storm 10 for a time; Squally showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    Lundy, Fastnet, Irish Sea; Northwest 5 to 7, increasing gale 8 at times, occasionally severe gale 9 in Fastnet; Squally showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    ; North or northwest 7 to severe gale 9, occasionally storm 10 in Shannon; Squally wintry showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    Malin; Cyclonic becoming northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later; Wintry showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    Hebrides, Bailey; ; Squally wintry showers; Good, occasionally poor.

    Faeroes; Northwesterly 5 to 7, perhaps gale 8 later; Wintry showers; Good, occasionally poor.

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