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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 

This Afternoon

August 21st 2017

E wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 91 °F

Tonight

August 21st 2017

E wind 11 to 14 kt, with gusts as high as 20 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Tuesday

August 22nd 2017

ENE wind 6 to 11 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Seas 1 ft or less.

Temperature: High 90 °F

Tuesday Night

August 22nd 2017

NNW wind around 8 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Wednesday

August 23rd 2017

ENE wind around 8 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 2pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Wednesday Night

August 23rd 2017

N wind 5 to 8 kt becoming S after midnight. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 8pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Thursday

August 24th 2017

SW wind around 6 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Thursday Night

August 24th 2017

WSW wind 6 to 8 kt. Scattered 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.

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)