Chicago -area Weather Resources
Buoys (air temperature and wave height information):
45007 (off Milwaukee)
Michigan City buoy
This is a great source for trends and actual offshore wind speed, direction and temperatures.
National Weather Resources
In order to get a good sense of the “big” picture, you will want to to check out this north american synoptic charts showing high and low pressure systems and the fronts associated with them. Thanks NOAA.
This is a beautiful graphical representation of how the wind is blowing across the U.S.
One of the best paddling schools in the U.S. run by innovative BCU coach’s Shawna Franklin and Leon Somme. They also have a shop with top notch paddling gear.
Bryan Shultz writes on the intricacies of skin on frame kayak building, sustainable coastal Oregon living, and musings on his free time activities and community of friends.
Award winning videographer and expedition paddler Justine Curgenven writes about her projects and adventures.
Michigan paddler and coach Keith Wikle.
David Johnston of Toronto maintains this site of the latest paddling news and ephemera as well as useful resources for paddlesports instructors.
Coach and kayaker Bryant Burkhardt’s thoughtful blog.