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Eight Bells for Lee Chesneau

Well known weather expert helped countless sailors better understand how to forecast for safety at sea.

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Lee Chesneau
Lee Chesneau Courtesy Lee Chesneau

Marine weather guru and well-known seminar lecturer Lee Chesneau passed away Thanksgiving Day, 2021, three years after suffering a major stroke. 

According to an obituary posted on the Dignity Memorial website, after serving in the U.S. Navy, Chesneau spent his career with the National Weather Service, retiring in the late 1990s. He then went on to teach and speak about weather, eventually forming his own consulting business to promote safety at sea. In that role he helped train commercial fishing and recreational mariners on becoming self-reliant on vessel routing and prudent decision making. Together with Capt. Ma-Li Chen from Taipei, Chesneau published Heavy Weather Avoidance and Route Design: Concepts and Applications of 500Mb Charts and numerous other works. He was one of only a few to be certified as an USCG Standard Training, Certification, and Watch Standing instructor for basic and advanced meteorology.

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