|Mid Santa Barbara channel buoy|
Photo: Collin Bronson
- Wave height, direction and periodicity;
- Temperature of air and water;
- Wind speed and direction; and
- Barometric pressure.
Water column height from buoy station 32412 shows the rise in the ocean surface as a tsunami wave created by the disturbance of an 8.8 magnitude earthquake centered off the Chilean coast passes its location.
|Water column height, 27 February 2010|
Much of the data from weather buoys are loaded into short- and long-term computer models to forecast weather, monitor long-term climate trends, document sea-level rises, predict potential emergencies like tsunamis, and monitor travel conditions in shipping channels.
“and I shall watch the ferry boats, and they'll get high,
on a bluer ocean against tomorrow's sky.
and i will never grow so old again,
and i will walk and talk,
in gardens all wet with rain...”
― Van Morrison
- Buoys: Behind the Scenes - A look at the crew that helps keep buoy data flowing, Sam Wilson and LCDR Collin Bronson, Surfline, 13 March 2014.
- California’s Keeper Recovers Drifting Buoy, Lt. Collin R. Bronson, 5 April 2013.
- National Buoy Data Center, NOAA.
- Weather Buoy, Wikipedia.