SCCF RECON

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation

River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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What's New

New Wave Buoy Deployed

Thanks to a grant from the West Coast Inland Navigation District, through Lee County, we were able to acquire a new and improved wave buoy.  The buoy was deployed on September 4th 2018. The new buoy is a more rugged design which should translate to a much higher online time.  

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The River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network (RECON) is a network of water quality sensors deployed throughout the Caloosahatchee river and estuary to provide real-time, water quality data to scientists, policy makers, and the general public.

RECON's network of high-quality, autonomous, in situsensors can detect the presence of algal blooms and nutrient hotspots.  The extensive watersheds of the Caloosahatchee (1,400 square miles) and Lake Okeechobee (4,400 square miles) each contribute water that flows into the Caloosahatchee estuary and the Gulf of Mexico. Water quality is affected by both Lake Okeechobee discharges and runoff from the Caloosahatchee watershed. Over time, these watersheds have changed from low-nutrient loading marshes and wetlands to high loading urban and agricultural land uses. Nutrients increase turbidity and decrease concentrations of dissolved oxygen (DO). In addition, excess nutrients fuel nuisance algal blooms. Losses of low-nutrient adapted communities, such as seagrasses have contributed to changes in fish, crustacean and marine mammal communities.

Boater Forecast

Weather forecast data provided courtesy of the National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration

This NOAA marine forecast covers the area 6NM SSW of Captiva FL.  Additional Associated Zone Forecast 

Today

January 22nd 2019

E wind 10 to 13 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 71 °F

Tonight

January 22nd 2019

E wind around 15 kt, with gusts as high as 23 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 64 °F

Wednesday

January 23rd 2019

ESE wind 12 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Wednesday Night

January 23rd 2019

SSE wind 14 to 17 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 69 °F

Thursday

January 24th 2019

SSW wind 11 to 16 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Winds could gust as high as 25 kt. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 70 °F

Thursday Night

January 24th 2019

NNW wind around 13 kt, with gusts as high as 21 kt. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: Low 53 °F

Friday

January 25th 2019

N wind 13 to 15 kt, with gusts as high as 25 kt. Sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 62 °F

Friday Night

January 25th 2019

NNE wind around 14 kt, with gusts as high as 22 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 50 °F

Wind Speed (kts)

Below is the NOAA wind speed forecast. Click Here to view the data from the RECON weather stations. 

Wave Heights(ft)

This is a graph of the NOAA marine forecast for wave height 6NM SSW of Captiva FL. This is the same area the RECON wave buoy is deployed.

Tide Heights(ft)

This is a graph of the NOAA predicted tide level at Punta Rassa, San Carlos Bay, FL  StationId: 8725391 in feet relative to Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW)