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Gulf of Mexico Piling

February 2020 On February 19th, 2020 between 2:00 and 3:00 in the afternoon the piling the Gulf of Mexico RECON sensor is located on was struck by a boat and damaged. The piling was push over 15 - 20 degrees. The piling cap was dislodged and knocked into the water.  All of the RECON components on the top of the piling were destroyed. This included the solar panel, power system, modem, and all the meteorological sensors. Read more

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 

This Afternoon

August 5th 2021

SSW wind around 8 kt becoming W. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 89 °F

Tonight

August 5th 2021

WNW wind 6 to 8 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Friday

August 6th 2021

E wind 6 to 8 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Friday Night

August 6th 2021

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming ESE around 6 kt after midnight. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Saturday

August 7th 2021

SE wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Saturday Night

August 7th 2021

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Sunday

August 8th 2021

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Sunday Night

August 8th 2021

NNW wind 5 to 8 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 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.