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Hurricane Ian Damage

Hurricane Ian caused significant damage when it made landfall in Southwest Florida on September 28th 2022. Several of the pilings where RECON sensors are located were completely lost and others had extensive damage. We also experienced nearly four feet of flooding from the storm surge on the first floor of the Marine Laboratory where the RECON workshop is located, causing us to loose many of the tools and specialty equipment needed to maintain RECON. We are working with the compo...

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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 


January 27th 2023

NNE wind 13 to 21 kt. Mostly sunny. Seas 3 to 4 ft.

Temperature: High 64 °F


January 27th 2023

NE wind 14 to 17 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas around 3 ft.

Temperature: Low 60 °F


January 28th 2023

ENE wind 11 to 16 kt. Partly sunny. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Saturday Night

January 28th 2023

E wind around 13 kt. Mostly cloudy. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 67 °F


January 29th 2023

E wind 7 to 12 kt becoming SSE in the afternoon. Partly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 73 °F

Sunday Night

January 29th 2023

ESE wind 5 to 7 kt. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 68 °F


January 30th 2023

ESE wind around 6 kt becoming WSW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 72 °F

Monday Night

January 30th 2023

W wind 5 to 7 kt becoming ENE after midnight. Partly cloudy. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 67 °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.