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On November 30, NOAA CBIBS technical staff joined the U.S. Coast Guard on board a buoy tender to completely replace the CBIBS Stingray Point buoy. NOAA, working with the Aids to Navigation Team from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Milford Haven, Virginia, station, pulled the existing Stingray Point buoy and deployed an identical buoy in its place.

Two CBIBS partners have recently released free apps for smartphones to help people connect with the Chesapeake Bay in areas including locations near CBIBS buoys.

Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy affected the Chesapeake Bay area October 28-30, and CBIBS buoys tracked conditions on the water throughout the storm. Continuous data was in high demand during as Sandy passed near the Chesapeake:

CBIBS water-quality monitors play an important role in tracking the health of the Chesapeake Bay. They observe water temperature, salinity, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll-a, and turbidity, and relay that data through the CBIBS buoys back to boaters, scientists, students, and others—every hour, every day.

The new Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, officially launched on July 30, includes 560 miles on land and water in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., and follows the path of the British invasion during the War of 1812.

An update of the CBIBS mobile app for Android is now available. Users who update to the new version will be able to monitor new CBIBS parameters that were activated earlier this summer—heat index and sea nettle probability.

Late on Friday, June 29, a straight-line windstorm known as a “derecho” and associated severe thunderstorms hit the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

As the weather heats up, many Bay residents and visitors consider taking a swim in the Chesapeake. Knowing where they might see the sea nettle Chrysaora quinquecirrha—commonly referred to as “jellyfish”—can help swimmers avoid a stinging encounter.

Now available at the Susquehanna CBIBS buoy: nitrate levels. The first nitrate sensor in the CBIBS system was deployed on the Susquehanna buoy because the Susquehanna River provides roughly 40% of the freshwater flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Nitrates, a form of nitrogen, exist naturally and are an important nutrient used by plants to fuel their growth.

Many people who enjoy spending time on and in the Bay are planning summer getaways and adventures. And it’s getting hot!