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Gooses Reef - GR

Off the Mouth of the Little Choptank River; BOTTOM DATA not currently available in real time

Geolocation is 38.5563, -76.4147

Data in red are more than 12 hours old.
Parameter Group Sort Value Unit Date Graphs
Current SpeedCurrents40.780kts2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wave Direction (From)Waves3247Deg. Mag.2021-02-26 19:00 EST1 7 30
Current DirectionCurrents4195Deg. Mag.2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
LatitudePosition538.55616Degrees2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
LongitudePosition5-76.41458Degrees2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Barometric PressureMeteorological130.4inches2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Air TemperatureMeteorological142.4F2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Chlorophyll AWaterQuality23.17ug/L2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Significant Wave HeightWaves30.25ft2021-02-26 19:00 EST1 7 30
Mean Wave PeriodWaves31.8s2021-02-26 19:00 EST1 7 30
Water SalinityWaterQuality213.1PSU2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Water TemperatureWaterQuality238.7F2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
TurbidityWaterQuality22NTU2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind DirectionMeteorological1256Deg. Mag.2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind SpeedMeteorological111.8kts2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Wind GustMeteorological114.6kts2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30
Sea Nettle ProbabilityWaterQuality20%2021-02-26 19:30 EST1 7 30

Captain John Smith and his crew passed by Gooses Reef several times on their two exploratory voyages in the Chesapeake Bay. At that time -- 400 years ago -- the area likely featured a large oyster reef reaching nearly to the surface.

Today, the buoy location is the site of an innovative restoration project, marked on NOAA charts as a fish haven. Rubble from what was the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was placed on the bottom here to create habitat, thanks to support from the Dominion Foundation and the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative.

The buoy is in the middle of the Bay in a fairly wide part of the estuary, west of the mouth of the Eastern Shore's Little Choptank River and east of Dares Beach, Maryland.

Be sure to check the weather forecast before you head out.

For more information on the history of Gooses Reef and areas surrounding the Dominion Gooses Reef buoy, please visit:

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