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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 

Tonight

April 13th 2024

NNW wind 9 to 12 kt becoming E after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 66 °F

Sunday

April 14th 2024

E wind 6 to 10 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: High 78 °F

Sunday Night

April 14th 2024

NW wind around 9 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 69 °F

Monday

April 15th 2024

ESE wind 6 to 8 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 77 °F

Monday Night

April 15th 2024

NW wind 7 to 12 kt becoming ESE after midnight. Mostly clear. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: Low 69 °F

Tuesday

April 16th 2024

E wind 8 to 13 kt becoming SSW in the afternoon. Sunny. Seas around 1 ft.

Temperature: High 80 °F

Tuesday Night

April 16th 2024

S wind 6 to 14 kt becoming E in the evening. Partly cloudy. Seas 1 to 2 ft.

Temperature: Low 70 °F

Wednesday

April 17th 2024

ESE wind 9 to 13 kt becoming SW in the afternoon. Mostly sunny. Seas around 2 ft.

Temperature: High 79 °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.