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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.

Sunsets are coming noticeably earlier these days around the Chesapeake, and fall—both meteorological (September 1) and astronomical (September) —is not far off. Here’s an update on where CBIBS stands as we head toward shorter days.

Late spring and early summer usually bring delightful weather to the Chesapeake Bay--warming temperatures and pleasant breezes, and the water temperature is still refreshing.

Much of the 2019-20 winter was warmer than average. That translates into water temperatures running a few degrees higher than average for the winter, too. Water temperature ran two or three degrees above average for much of late winter.

As of late April, six CBIBS buoys are in the water, reporting conditions from the Chesapeake Bay. 

The days are growing longer, boaters and sailors are dreaming about getting back on the water, and the CBIBS team is preparing to redeploy buoys that were pulled from the water for the winter.