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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.  ...

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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 


December 2nd 2020

NE wind 12 to 16 kt. Sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 68 °F


December 2nd 2020

ENE wind 14 to 17 kt. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 60 °F


December 3rd 2020

E wind 11 to 14 kt. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 74 °F

Thursday Night

December 3rd 2020

E wind 11 to 15 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 67 °F


December 4th 2020

ESE wind 10 to 12 kt. A slight chance of showers after 1pm. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 75 °F

Friday Night

December 4th 2020

SSE wind around 10 kt, with gusts as high as 18 kt. A chance of showers. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 68 °F


December 5th 2020

W wind 10 to 13 kt becoming NNW in the morning. A chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Saturday Night

December 5th 2020

NNW wind around 12 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 61 °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.