Gale force winds are a recurring theme in New England waters during the late fall, throughout the winter and and during the spring. The blow almost exclusively from the wesdt/nrothwest, arriving as cold dry air spills down over New England from the vast open plains of the Canadian Shield.
The winds are powerful, gusty and persistent.
And along much of the New England coastline, they blow offshore.
Listen in on as Coast Guard vhf radio channel 16 watchstander warns boaters of the approach of one these windstorms. Typically the weather is sunny, crisp and cold. Large boats that can't hold anchor in the approaching winds are advised to put out to sea, to avoid drifting through crowded ports and harbors.