Is it true Navy meteorologists issue 'piracy weather' forecasts?
Yes; I recently attended a briefing by rear admiral David Titley at the American Meteorological Society conference in Boston. Until recently, he commanded the fleet meteorology and oceanography command. It turns out that pirates in the most active areas, including the horn of Africa, typically use marginal vessels, and therefore tend to operate where seas are relatively calm and winds are light. Navy meteorologists therefore prepare maps showing where those conditions are most likely in areas of active piracy.