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Volume 17 Issue 2 Feb 2024
Finding the Fish with WRI's Fishing Planner
Kelly Burghart, Meteorologist

As spring quickly approaches, WRI can help you “Find the Fish” with our Realtime Fishing Planner, found on

We offer SeaWeather subscription options specifically tailored for our Sportfisher clients, including:

Angler’s Basic – Access to international forecast information out to 48 hours, high resolution fishing charts, and our interactive Realtime Fishing Planner.

Angler’s Premium – Same as Angler’s Basic, but also includes our Voyage Planner, ocean currents, and sea surface temperature maps.

Both options also include access to our Tropical Tracker, Heavy Weather Alerts, and high-resolution models.

Figure 1: WRI's Realtime Fishing Planner, showing preferred (yellow) and ideal (red) fishing locations for Striped Marlin in the vicinity of Baja California Sur.

Our Realtime Fishing Planner allows you to view “hotspot zones” for inshore and offshore fish species, and can also be accessed via our SeaWeather app, available on the Apple App Store and on Google Play.

In addition to, we offer a variety of specialized services designed to best suit your needs:

Customized PDF forecasts

Weather Window Planners

Climatological studies for long-range planning

WRI is always available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist you with your next voyage. Please contact us today to learn more about WRI’s fishing products. We look forward to working with you!

Weather Routing to Present Webinar for Sailing and Boating, LLC.
Alex Avalos, Operations Manager

On Thursday evening, March 14th, from 07:30-09:30pm EDT, Operations Manager and Senior Meteorologist Alex Avalos will be presenting another webinar for Sailing and Boating, LLC, which will be hosted by Deb and Hugh Marlor. The webinar will entail a discussion on weather basics for boaters, including but not limited to the drivers of weather, how to create a local forecast, how cloud types play a large role in understanding approaching weather, and the importance of having weather resources while out at sea.  This webinar is open to the public, and you can sign up for the webinar here:

We look forward to seeing you there!

Severe Tropical Cyclone Kirilly
Jason Caterina

Tropical cyclone Kirrily, the third named storm of the 2023-24 Australian cyclone season, initially formed over the Gulf of Carpentaria before moving east into the Coral Sea.  As Australia is in the middle of an El Nino event, seas surface temperatures in the Coral sea have been running above average which helped the system to quickly strengthen into a tropical cyclone as it moved from the Gulf to the Coral Sea around the 16th January.  Strong outflow and low vertical wind shear also contributed to the system rapidly intensifying and by the 19th January the Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert.  The Australian Bureau of Meteorology then began issuing warnings for the system on the morning of the 21st January with the Joint Typhoon Warning center following suit two days later on the 23rd.
On the 24th as Kirrily moved SW’ward toward its eventual landfalling location of Townsville, Australia, the system encountered very favorable, and unusually warm, sea surface temperatures of near 29-30°C though moderate levels of vertical wind shear helped to slow the system’s intensification.  The Bureau of Meteorology then upgraded the system to a Category 1 tropical cyclone and assigned it the name Kirrily.  Kirrily then strengthened into a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone on the Australian scale packing winds of up to 105mph though then encountered increased wind shear while still making landfall as a strong Category 2, near Category 3, Severe Tropical Cyclone though was quickly downgraded to Category 1 by midnight the 25th then a tropical low later in the day.  

In the coming days, Kirrily would dump copious amounts of rainfall across portions of Queensland with more than 100,000 homes and buildings without power by the 28th with the bulk of the damage in the Townsville area.  Some notable rainfall totals were in Seymor with 10.1” of rain in a 24 hour period, and Kirby that saw 9.6” in that time.  Three-day rainfall totals in the area measured upwards of 12” to near 18” as Kirrily tracked inland.  Kirrily then brought torrential rain across inland portions of Queensland before making a sharp N’ly turn and, once again reaching the S’rn edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria with the remnants strengthening into a tropical cyclone again, then making a sharp S’ly turn to move SE’ly across New South Wales, the city of Sydney and back out into the N’rn Tasman Sea. 

Severe Tropical Cyclone Kirrily's Path To Landfall.  Image Courtesy Bureau of Meteorology, Australia.





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