Lee Chesneau is a highly seasoned professional meteorologist with extensive experience on land & at sea (over 70,000 miles under keel). He graduated from one of the elite universities that offer degrees in meteorology, the University of Wisconsin (Madison). His B.S. Degree in Meteorology was Lee’s ticket to a distinguished & unique ongoing 42+ year career with NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS’s) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) & Satellite Service (NESDIS). Lee also served as a U.S. Navy civilian “Ship Routing Officer”& as “Route Analyst” for a commercial ship routing company (Oceanroutes, Inc.). Lee’s first career start was a naval officer, serving on two capital war ships (USS Saratoga CV-60 & USS Guam LPH-9). His experience also extends to the commercial fishing, & much larger recreational boating & sailboat racing community.
Lee has received a number of awards and recognition (the NWS’s Isaac Cline Award, being the most notable). His accomplishments centers around “Heavy Weather Avoidance & Route Design: Concepts & Applications of 500 Mb Charts” (Paradise Cay, Oct 2008), which is a standard bearer for open ocean routing & forecasting at established maritime institutions worldwide. He has also written numerous articles in trade publications. Lee is a key speaker at a number of Safety at Sea Seminar Symposiums, marine trade, & boat shows. As a certified U.S. Coast Guard instructor for six maritime schools (e.g., MITAGS, Linthicum Heights, MD, Houston Marine, New Orleans, Pacific Maritime Institute, Seattle, WA, STAR Center in Dania Beach, FL, the Maritime Institute, San Diego, CA), he teaches 5-day Standards Training Certification & Watch-Standing for Seafarers (STCW) courses for basic & advanced meteorology, to professional mariners. He now makes the same material tailored to the commercial fishing & recreational boating communities as well. Lee Chesneau’s main focus today is educating & training every seagoing mariner on self-reliance for their own weather forecasting & strategic routing, emphasizing prudent decision making. He has his own company “Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather” (www.weatherbylee.com) & can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org