Coast Guard repairs essential Cape Edgecumbe weather buoy

SITKA, Alaska - The Cape Edgecumbe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Buoy 46084, sits on board the Coast Guard Cutter Maple in preparation for essential repairs to the buoy to ensure that it properly transmits weather and sea information. The Cape Edgecumbe buoy transmits essential maritime information that is compiled into weather reports and predictions that are heavily depended upon by commercial, private and military mariners. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mitchel Frick

The Cape Edgecumbe NOAA Buoy 46084, sits on board the Coast Guard Cutter Maple. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Mitchel Frick.

JUNEAU, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Maple completed repairs to the Cape Edgecumbe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Buoy 46084, ensuring that the buoy is in its correct location and properly transmitting weather and sea information.

The Cape Edgecumbe buoy measures and transmits air and sea temperatures, wind speed and direction, wave height, direction and period, as well as barometric pressure changes. This information is then compiled into weather reports and predictions that are heavily depended upon by commercial, private and military mariners.

“These buoys are of critical importance to the region’s mariners and coastal residents,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Gray, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Maple. “The local fishing fleet, recreational fishermen, mariners and surfers alike rely on the data provided by the Cape Edgecumbe buoy in order to make informed decisions on where and when to travel and be safe at sea.”

The information provided by buoy 46084 assists the National Weather Service in developing weather reports for the Southeastern Gulf of Alaska. NOAA’s National Weather Service and National Data Buoy Center can be accessed online at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/ and http://seaboard.ndbc.noaa.gov/.

Commissioned on Oct. 19, 2001, Cutter Maple is a 225-foot Juniper-Class buoy tender stationed in Sitka. The Maple is operated by seven officers and a crew of 46 men and women.

 

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