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Besides the latest array of boats and water sports equipment, this year's Glacier Valley Rotary Boat and Sports show features some new educational and safety programs.
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Joel Curtis, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Juneau, will host seminars titled "What Were They Thinking?" focusing on marine weather forecasts, with emphasis on waters near Juneau.
The seminars are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Other topics include: "What Goes into Making an NWS Marine Forecast?" "Tips on How to Get the Most Out of Our Forecasts," "NOAA Weather Radio Programming," "Marine Observations," "Comparing Observations to Predictions (Including Remote Sensing)," "Local Wind Effects" and "How You Can Help Us Make Better Forecasts."
At 3:30 p.m. each day in the Miller Room, the discussion topic will be waves. Curtis will introduce basic terminology and causes of waves. The main points of the presentation will be the animation of wave formation and travel, and the limitations of ocean and inland waves.
Also new at the show this year is the enhanced Virtual Fishing Derby in the Main Ballroom. There will be two contests, one for salmon and one for marlin. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.
For the first time, food will be provided by the Hot Bite. Door prizes will be drawn on the hour, and grand prizes will be drawn Sunday afternoon.
Prizes are a Princess Cruise Line seven-day Caribbean or Mexican Riviera Cruise for two; two Alaska Airlines round-trip coach class tickets to any Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air destination in Canada, the United States or Mexico; two Wings of Alaska round-trip tickets; a TEMSCO Helicopter Mendenhall Glacier flightseeing tour and a guided walk helicopter tour for two.
Admission is $5 for adults. Funds will help sponsor scholarships, youth exchange programs and other community programs.