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River, Estuary and Coastal Observing Network

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Originally deployed in 2012, thanks to funding from the West Coast Inland Navigation District (WCIND) through a grant from Lee County, the RECON weather stations became the first weather stations in this area located directly over the water. Designed to give researchers and boaters near real-time information on the current over water weather conditions, they quickly became the go to weather source for the local boating community.  ...

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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.

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

June 23rd 2024

S wind around 8 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 87 °F

Tonight

June 23rd 2024

S wind 5 to 7 kt. Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 1am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 81 °F

Monday

June 24th 2024

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming W around 6 kt in the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 88 °F

Monday Night

June 24th 2024

SSE wind 5 to 7 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 80 °F

Tuesday

June 25th 2024

Variable winds less than 5 kt becoming SW around 6 kt in the afternoon. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 86 °F

Tuesday Night

June 25th 2024

W wind around 6 kt becoming variable and less than 5 kt after midnight. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1am. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 82 °F

Wednesday

June 26th 2024

W wind 5 to 7 kt. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 86 °F

Wednesday Night

June 26th 2024

W wind 5 to 8 kt. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 82 °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.