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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 

Tonight

April 11th 2021

ESE wind 10 to 13 kt becoming SW after midnight. Showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 10pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10pm and 1am, then a chance of showers after 1am. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 70 °F

Monday

April 12th 2021

NW wind 9 to 12 kt. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 76 °F

Monday Night

April 12th 2021

NNW wind 9 to 11 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 70 °F

Tuesday

April 13th 2021

E wind 5 to 9 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 76 °F

Tuesday Night

April 13th 2021

WNW wind 5 to 7 kt becoming E after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 68 °F

Wednesday

April 14th 2021

ESE wind around 10 kt becoming SSW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 77 °F

Wednesday Night

April 14th 2021

SW wind around 9 kt becoming SSE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 70 °F

Thursday

April 15th 2021

S wind around 10 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 77 °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.