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Mariners are being cautioned not to interfere with a newly-deployed buoy in Cape Cod Bay to measure wave height, direction, period, and sea surface temperature. It will also emit a yellow flashing light at night.

The buoy’s data is being transmitted by satellite and is displayed and updated every 30 minutes on several websites including Northeast Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS), the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP), and the National Data Buoy Center’s website. In the future the data will also be available through many weather and boating websites and apps.

The buoy is approximately eight miles east of the east entrance to the Cape Cod Canal (latitude 41° 50.38’N, longitude 070° 19.74’W). It was launched by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in association with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NERACOOS.

NERACOOS is a Regional Association in support of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®).

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