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Potomac - PL

Near Point Lookout, MD

Geolocation is 38.033, -76.3355

Data in red are more than 12 hours old.
Parameter Group Sort Value Unit Date Graphs
Wind DirectionMeteorological1295Deg. Mag.2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Wind SpeedMeteorological126.2kts2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Wind GustMeteorological130.1kts2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Sea Nettle ProbabilityWaterQuality21%2020-04-03 12:18 EDT1 7 30
LongitudePosition5-76.33687Degrees2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Wave Direction (From)Waves3340Deg. Mag.2020-04-03 12:00 EDT1 7 30
Significant Wave HeightWaves31.91ft2020-04-03 12:00 EDT1 7 30
Mean Wave PeriodWaves34.2s2020-04-03 12:00 EDT1 7 30
Water SalinityWaterQuality213.0PSU2020-04-03 12:18 EDT1 7 30
Water TemperatureWaterQuality252.5F2020-04-03 12:18 EDT1 7 30
TurbidityWaterQuality23NTU2020-04-03 12:18 EDT1 7 30
Barometric PressureMeteorological129.8inches2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Air TemperatureMeteorological154.3F2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Chlorophyll AWaterQuality24.56ug/L2020-04-03 12:18 EDT1 7 30
Dissolved OxygenWaterQuality210.69mg/L2020-04-03 12:18 EDT1 7 30
Current SpeedCurrents40.470kts2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
Current DirectionCurrents4118Deg. Mag.2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30
LatitudePosition538.03319Degrees2020-04-03 12:24 EDT1 7 30

The 16th of June we fell with the river Patowomek (Potomac): feare being gone, and our men recovered, we were all content to take some paines, to know the name of that seven mile broad river: for thirtie myles sayle, we could see no inhabitants" - Captain John Smith, 1608

Travel this route today and you are sure to encounter many inhabitants. The Potomac River, which is adjacent to Washington, D.C., is one of the most heavily populated and altered watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay. Since 1999, NOAA has been working with local and state partners to assess contaminants, restore tidal wetlands and fish habitat, create new public access, and cleanup trash in the Anacostia River, which is a tributary of the Potomac River.

Visit the buoy from Point Lookout State Park.

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

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