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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 

Tonight

June 26th 2017

N wind 6 to 9 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 79 °F

Tuesday

June 27th 2017

S wind 5 to 7 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 84 °F

Tuesday Night

June 27th 2017

NNW wind 5 to 10 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 78 °F

Wednesday

June 28th 2017

Variable winds 5 kt or less. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °F

Wednesday Night

June 28th 2017

N wind around 8 kt becoming E after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 78 °F

Thursday

June 29th 2017

E wind 5 to 8 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 86 °F

Thursday Night

June 29th 2017

NE wind around 8 kt becoming E after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 78 °F

Friday

June 30th 2017

ESE wind 6 to 8 kt becoming S in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 85 °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)