Coast Guard Cutter Maple, National Buoy Data Center plan to service non-transmitting weather buoy

Coast Guard Cutter Maple

USCG file phot

JUNEAU, Alaska— The Coast Guard Cutter Maple and the National Buoy Data Center are coordinating plans to service the Edgecumbe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration buoy that is no longer transmitting data after it stopped working due to an unknown reason Nov. 20, 2010.

The buoy was reported functioning but not transmitting data during a flyover of the area by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Thursday.

The information provided by the buoy assists the National Weather Service by transmitting air and sea temperatures, wind speed and direction, wave height, direction and period, as well as barometric pressure changes. The information is then compiled into weather reports and predictions heavily depended upon by commercial, private and military mariners.

“These buoys are of critical importance to the region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dan Gray, commanding officer of the Maple. “We are making plans to service this aid as soon as logistics and weather permit.”

Coast Guard often works with NOAA and the NBDC to support and service weather buoys.

NOAA’s National Weather Service and NBDC can be accessed online at and

The Maple is a 225-foot Juniper-Class buoy tender operated by seven officers and a crew of 46 men and women homeported in Sitka, Alaska.

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