The worst thing that any lover of water can do is to set on a trip without checking out the weather conditions. If you want to try out your latest canal boat designs, the last thing you would want is to have the weather interfering with your tests. If you have no idea about the sea-worthiness of the boat you will be using, then you are going to be in a lot of trouble if the weather changes for the worse.
You can make use of various methods to find out about what the weather conditions are going to be like in your area. It makes better sense to be prepared for a storm to avoid any casualties or fatalities. That is what any good sailor would do.
Listen to Your Local Weather Station
You should take time to listen to the weather news from your local weather TV or radio station. Most of what these news people do is usually quite basic. However, in the event that there will be expected storms within your area, the TV and radio people will usually issue an alert. Listening to what they say on a regular basis no matter how boring you think they are, may just end up saving your life.
Listen to Professionals
The local Met department will always ensure that they disseminate any information regarding the weather via all the major news TV and radio channels. If the weather conditions are expected to get worse drastically, then even the newspapers will have a large coverage of the expected event. When weather professionals take time to warn you of such an event, do not make the mistake of ignoring them. You may not be rescued.
Listening to professionals also includes listening to Coast guards. Even if you have not heard anything about expected storms, just follow their instructions. The fact that they have worked in the sea for years makes them good judges of weather changes.
While sailors may not be scientists, they also have the experience necessary to judge some weather events. If an experienced sailor tells you that, they could be a possible storm coming if you do not have to take a boat ride, then do not. Most of them know what they are saying.
Observe Marine Animals' Behaviour
No matter how much we try as human beings to predict weather events, some things are just too unpredictable. While scientist may have an idea of what is going to happen, they may not known exactly when or how it will happen. This makes it quite risky for you still whenever you are taking a river or boat ride.
If you are a water lover who loves to ride boats, then it makes sense to observe marine animals' behaviour. Chances are that you will spot these animals behaving differently mostly by migrating elsewhere when something drastic is going to happen. In such a case, it makes sense for you to be very careful when you are taking out your boat to the sea. Do not ride too far from the shore until things are back to normal as far as marine animals' behaviour is concerned.