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BuoyCAMs: See recent photos from NDBC NDBC weather buoy 44007 near Portland ME, weather buoy 44013 near Boston, DART station 46410 in the Gulf of Alaska, NDBC weather buoy 46029 near the Oregon/Washington coastline and the following TAO stations: 2N 155W, 5N 155W
Why send your observations to NDBC?
Sending the observations to NDBC via a software encoding kit offers many
- Your program will gain increased visibility because your observations
will be posted on the National Data Buoy Center's (NDBC) web site which
receives about 14 million hits each month.
- Once NDBC distributes your observations in a standard format, your observations
will be readily available to the entire meteorological community including National
Weather Service (NWS) forecast offices, local television broadcasters, the Tropical
Prediction Center (formerly, the National Hurricane Center), the National Centers
for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), the Weather Channel, and the Federal Emergency
Management Agency. These professionals will be able to easily capture your observations
and create graphics containing your data without having to "surf the web".
- Your observations will be available on Dial-A-Buoy, an interactive voice response
system managed by NDBC. This allows mariners at sea to access the latest observations
via cell phone. See http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/dial.shtml for more
- Your observations will help fill in the gaps between stations in NOAA's national
marine backbone and will provide critical real-time information on smaller scale
weather or oceanographic features.
- Your observations will be monitored so that any obviously degraded data will be
removed from real-time distribution and you will be notified of such actions.