Buoy Question

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by ThatSlyB, Feb 21, 2013.

  1. ThatSlyB

    ThatSlyB Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    What buoy do you look at for Monmouth County? As in the most important one, and what other buoys do you use and for what reason?

    Trying to learn this but with so many buoys down and me not really knowing the difference between them, I figured I'd ask here.

    On top of the forecast page it says buoy 44065, but I can't find that on this map. http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/maps/Northeast.shtml

    edit: I see I had to zoom in on a section to see that buoy. On south swells, is that the best buoy to use? I see it is a bit north of Monmouth County, but not far.
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2013
  2. LBCrew

    LBCrew Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2009
    I use a few different ones, depending no where the swell's coming from. But for a good idea of what's going on near me, I use 44025.

  3. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    Look at the Swellinfo Buoy map, and you'll see the location of the buoy stations.
    44065 is your closest buoy, and will be your best guide for Monmouth County.
    Note the location of 44065, and you will see it is off the coast of the northern part of the county. This area can be shadowed by E swells due to the Hudson Canyon there, and the buoy can also reflect this as well.

    Its always a good idea to look at surrounding buoys as well, because they can give a better overall view of the nearby sea state. Buoy 44009 is off of Delaware, and will be a good indicator for whats happening to the south (currently 44009 is out of service unfortunately, but it will come back). And 44025 is off of Long Island.

    If your not used to using the Swellinfo buoy maps, all you do is move your cursor over the station icons, and the data appears in the white box. Very very useful.
  4. ThatSlyB

    ThatSlyB Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2012
    I wasn't even aware that existed. Thanks.

    Should I be looking at wave height or swell height? What is the difference?