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As water temperatures warm through the 70s and toward the 80s, summer boating season is in full swing here in the Chesapeake Bay. Seven CBIBS buoys are in the water and reporting meteorological and other data:

Scientists use data from CBIBS buoys, NOAA satellites, and other sources to monitor conditions in the Chesapeake Bay, and to analyze how they may differ from average.

***UPDATE as of 4/28/22: The Jamestown location is now reporting meteorological and current conditions. Water-quality data will come after June 1 when a new sensor is deployed.***

Data from NOAA buoys and satellites and other data sources on conditions in the Chesapeake Bay during fall 2021 give scientists insight into how living resources, including key fish species, may respond.

With the coldest months of the year just ahead, CBIBS team is laying out their plans for buoy operations over the winter. This year, we plan to keep five buoys in the water through the winter:

The remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through the Chesapeake Bay watershed on September 1, bringing record rainfall amounts and even tornadoes to parts of the mid-Atlantic.

As of early August, the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) has six buoys deployed and reporting data in near-real-time. These buoys are located at:

The Bay’s waters are warming into the 60s, and we’re all eager to get out on the Chesapeake, whether for boating, sailing, fishing, paddling or other adventures. We know that many people use CBIBS data to help plan a safe day on the Bay.

This time of year, there’s more daylight every day, and boaters around the Bay look forward to time on the water. While early spring boating can be a delight, it’s important to consider weather conditions and water temperatures before you head out on the water.