Below Zero Kick Off – Coast Guard’s Cold Weather Operations

January and February are the most common coldest months throughout the nation. It’s a time when many Coast Guard units participate in domestic icebreaking and ice rescues. During this month-long campaign, we want to stress cold weather safety for those who may be near water or ice with the help of our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and International Ice Patrol partners as well as various Coast Guard units.


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Weathering the seas

With 23 sails harnessing wind as the ship’s primary means of propulsion, Eagle’s operators take the weather very seriously. While Eagle generally navigates in the direction of its next port call, the ship often sails on whatever wind is present. The ship can only sail approximately 75 degrees off the true wind, and thus if the wind is blowing from the direction of the next port call, planning a transit can be challenging. Observing, predicting and responding to the weather all play a huge role in life on the barque.


A guardian for all seasons

While last weekend may have marked the official beginning of Spring, the Coast Guard finds itself operating in a bevy of different weather conditions across the United States. Winter isn’t over on the St. Clair River Yesterday, the U.S. and […]


itCG-Rescue crew honored, good buoy, Kane’ohe tow, Ida impacts, In memoriam: Elizabeth F. “Betty” Splaine

Guardians from the CGC Fir replaced a critical weather buoy at the mouth of the Columbia River just in time before the arrival of a severe storm. Operated by NOAA’s National Buoy Data Center, the 4,000 pound older weather buoy […]


itCG-Hero surfer, dehydration rescue, weather safety warning, missing crewman


Small Craft Advisories and Boating Safety

Recently, the Compass received a comment asking what a small craft advisory means and what size of boats are considered small crafts. This is an interesting question, but it doesn’t have a real straight forward answer. For one thing, there […]