In Rough Waters

Dogger, Fisher, German Bight
on the North Sea in the night
Force Nine gale, rain in sight
praying for the morning light

Copyright © 2022 Kim Whysall-Hammond

The poetry of the BBC Shipping forecast, broadcast late each night, has filled my adult life from my university days using telescopes, via night feeding babies to now, when I often can’t sleep until well past midnight.

A typical forecast for several sea areas might be;

“Dogger, Fisher, German Bight. Southeast veering southwest 4 or 5, occasionally 6 later. Thundery showers. Moderate or good, occasionally poor.”

What this is telling us is that the sea areas Dogger, Fisher and German Bight are forecast to experience a SW wind direction blowing Force 4 or 5, sometimes F6 later. ‘Later’ is specifically at at time over 12 hours from the time the forecast was issued.

For those of you wondering what the first line of this poem refers to, here is a map of the sea areas covered by the forecast……

Sharing this poem in the Open link Night over at Dverse!


35 thoughts on “In Rough Waters

      1. I’ve never heard a shipping forecast broadcast on the radio here in Australia. I guess people in boats tune into some kind of broadcast when they are at sea. Today we had really wild weather. I saw a large cargo ship stationary just inside the heads of the bay here while the little coast guard boat plowed out to sea through the waves. Don’t know what it all signified but I guess they were communicating with each other via short wave radio.

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          1. I listened to the TV weather report last night and realised the ABC does give a shipping forecast but they don’t call it that. It’s just part of the general forecast and says things like ‘gales over the bays and swells to 1 metre’. :)

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