How do sailors know a storm is coming?

There are a number of ways sailors can learn about an approaching storm.

What can sailors do to avoid bad weather while sailing?

It’s hard for any discussion of sailing—long-distance or ocean-crossing passages in particular—to not quickly turn to the topic of weather and storms.

Every human activity involves non-zero risk, and sailing is no exception. However, there are several tools prudent sailors can employ to mitigate and minimize risk from weather.