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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.

Scientists use data from buoys and satellites to track water temperature and salinity levels in the Chesapeake Bay. Changes in water temperature and salinity affect the fish, crabs, and other species that live in the Chesapeake Bay.

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office is operating five CBIBS buoys over the winter, providing water quality data, meteorological observations, and wave and current information. The five locations are:

The CBIBS team is working to get more buoys back out on the water. We are still following strict operational protocol set by NOAA during the current public health emergency.