Have you ever looked at the clouds from your sailboat’s cockpit and wondered what types of weather patterns they forecast? Join NASA research meteorologist Massey Bartolini as he covers cloud types and what they say about short-term weather conditions. Learn local sources of wind (bay breezes, etc) and what weather prediction models can and cannot tell you about the forecast. Massey will recommend apps and online weather models to get the most reliable sources of weather forecast information, as well.
Date: March 13, 2024
Place: Annapolis Sailing School
About Massey Bartolini:
Massey Bartolini is a research meteorologist at NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center in College Park, MD, working with National Weather Service meteorologists to evaluate prototype numerical weather prediction models and improve winter storm and heavy rainfall forecasts. Massey is a recent transplant to the D.C. area, having moved to Maryland from upstate NY in August 2023 where he was in graduate school at the University at Albany studying numerical modeling of winter storms. Previously, Massey also lived in western NC, where he completed a bachelor’s in Atmospheric Science at UNC Asheville.
While growing up as a weather enthusiast in central Virginia, he got to enjoy the full range of Mid-Atlantic weather from hurricane remnants to winter storms, as well as the occasional summer severe weather event. In his free time, Massey prefers being active outdoors, especially in the mountains or on the water. His favorites include hiking, snowshoeing, stand-up paddle boarding, rail trail biking, and (recently) sailing. Massey joined the Annapolis Sailing School KBC in September 2023 after taking ASA 101 shortly after moving to Maryland, and is looking forward to getting more sailing experience this coming spring and summer!