NOAA Buoy Cams

The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, maintains a global network of data-collecting buoys that provide useful information for, among others, open-water swimmers in their vicinity.

I utilized NDBC data in my observer report on Craig Lenning’s recent Farallon Islands swim.

Recently, I noticed a new feature on the NDBC website: A few buoy stations now have cameras!

Granted, there are currently only 11 BuoyCams worldwide, most in locations people have never swum (and probably will never swim), but still: Potentially an interesting resource for marathon swimmers, if this program expands.

Current "BuoyCam" locations

Current "BuoyCam" locations

Just imagine: How cool would it be to have a camera on Sandettie Lightship? (n.b., that’s a UK Met Office buoy, not NOAA)

And if I were planning a swim from San Miguel Island anytime soon, I’d probably be monitoring this guy daily.

A sampling of BuoyCam shots from today (click to enlarge):

Buoy 46054: 38 NM West of Santa Barbara, California

Buoy 46054: 38 NM West of Santa Barbara, California

Buoy 41009: 20NM East of Cape Canaveral, Florida

Buoy 41009: 20NM East of Cape Canaveral, Florida

Buoy 44007: 12NM Southeast of Portland, Maine

Buoy 44007: 12NM Southeast of Portland, Maine

Station 51021: mid-Pacific Ocean, west of Kiribati

Buoy 51021: mid-Pacific Ocean, west of Kiribati

Buoy 46061: Between Montague & Hinchinbrook Islands, Alaska

Buoy 46061: Between Montague & Hinchinbrook Islands, Alaska

Buoy 32322: S. Pacific Ocean, west of Ecuador

Buoy 32322: S. Pacific Ocean, west of Ecuador

Posted 05 June 2014 in: miscellany Tags:

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