NOAA your weather: Coast Guard sets seasonal buoys to gather weather data

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducted seasonal buoy replacements Monday in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, a 175-foot coastal buoy tender homeported in Baltimore, maintains approximately 375 aids to navigation and conducts fall and spring buoy replacements annually.

Weather buoys collect data and report real-time environmental information including wind speed, temperature and wave height. The buoys also serve as interpretive buoys that mark the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historical Trail that runs throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

“The weather buoys provide valuable weather information during peak recreational boating seasons,” said Lt. Dave Lewald, the commanding officer of the Rankin. “The buoys also provide historical data which can benefit researchers collecting information on how to clean up the bay.”

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