Camera bouys couple
The low-tech buoy becomes high-tech when the sensor packages are added, giving the buoy life as a weather sentinel.Sensor packages differ from buoy to buoy depending on its size, what it can accommodate and the weather data that's needed in that area.Surfline linked up with Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Collin Bronson to understand, firstly, how weather buoys work.After all, they come in many shapes and sizes, ranging from 10-meter discs to beach ball-sized orbs.Buoy failures result in greatly increased surface weather and wave data gaps in marine areas. I heard a rumor that some of the old crusties at Rincon got pissed about the over crowding of their home break and went out and disabled Santa Barbara East 46053. obviously did not barry has his priorities a tiny slice of the billions he threw at the failed/scam green projects like Solyndra and the unions for "shovel ready jobs" that didn't exist, would fund and expand the current buoy program barry don't surf, congress don't surf These dang old bouys over here have been some triflin of sorts. Big thanks to Commander Bronson, his crew and the NDBC folks.Buoy data also supports marine forecast/warning performance evaluation and information supporting continual service improvement." No mention of buoy vandalism. I tell ya, cant get a read past a cat lick on a warm summers evening around here. There's many of us surf heads out there dissecting buoy data, or LOLA, either to hit the local break, or surgical strike in Baja.
A typical NOAA buoy-run can start months to years in advance, the NDBC scheduling the USCG to coordinate vessel availabilities with their work list; and determining which buoys need to be repaired, replaced or simply groomed as technology changes.
The weather was indeed perfect and that mission was successful: the buoys continue to transmit the all-important wave and wind data.
The routine for servicing a buoy is fairly straightforward, yet it takes several hours with 25 people.
Once scheduled, the NDBC technicians and USCG ship crews set a date range and start moving buoys, sinkers, chain and a myriad of high-tech sensors to the home port of the ship. These buoys are built to handle the worst the sea can throw at them, but that's exactly what you don't want when servicing them.
The sea needs to be as close to flat-calm as possible to get the work done safely, and in a place like the Northeast Pacific, that's not the most common thing.
Once a good weather window has been identified, the ship will travel to the assigned position (buoy location), engage the dynamic positioning system, which controls all ship propulsion, to essentially hover over the assigned position to begin maintenance.