Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dial-A-Buoy

Need a way to get an instant weather report on wind and wave measurements taken at a certain location your planning to be paddling, and you have no Internet access. Just call the buoy, 888-701-8992. All you need is the buoy number. If you've done your trip research you probably already have this.

Buoy reports include wind direction, speed, gust, significant wave height, swell and wind-wave heights and periods, air temperature, water temperature, and sea level pressure. Some buoys report wave directions. Coastal weather stations report the winds, air temperature, and pressure; some also report wave information, water temperature, visibility, and dew point.

See NOAA's National Buoy Data Center for more info.

1 comment:

Capt'n "O" Dark 30 said...

I was in the Coast Guard, on an Ocean going bouy tender Cutter Mallow WLB 396 in the Pacific during the late 70's.

We put bouys back on station, repaired and maintained them.

Never once maintained a bouy that did all that. Are you pulling my phone line???

Though I have seen many a seaman stand a mail bouy watch :-)