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RECON Sensor Network’s 10th Anniversary

Celebrating the RECON Sensor Network’s 10th Anniversary of Service    Ten years ago today, on June 12, 2007, in response to deteriorating water quality, the Marine ...

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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

July 27th 2017

SE wind 5 to 7 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Tonight

July 27th 2017

WNW wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the evening. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Friday

July 28th 2017

SSE wind around 6 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Friday Night

July 28th 2017

W wind 6 to 8 kt becoming SW after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Saturday

July 29th 2017

WSW wind 6 to 9 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Saturday Night

July 29th 2017

WSW wind around 10 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 82 °F

Sunday

July 30th 2017

WSW wind around 10 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Sunday Night

July 30th 2017

SW wind around 11 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °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)