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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 

Today

June 15th 2021

SW wind 10 to 12 kt becoming W in the morning. Showers and thunderstorms likely before 10am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 10am and 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 86 °F

Tonight

June 15th 2021

WSW wind around 8 kt becoming S after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4am. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Wednesday

June 16th 2021

SSW wind 6 to 8 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Wednesday Night

June 16th 2021

SSE wind 7 to 9 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 78 °F

Thursday

June 17th 2021

ESE wind 6 to 8 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Thursday Night

June 17th 2021

ESE wind 6 to 12 kt. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 79 °F

Friday

June 18th 2021

ESE wind 7 to 12 kt becoming SSE in the afternoon. Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Friday Night

June 18th 2021

SE wind 6 to 13 kt. Mostly cloudy. 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.