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Station 44018 (LLNR 560) - CAPE COD - 24 NM East of Provincetown, MA Image indicating link to RSS feed of recent meteorological observations for station 44018

Boston Approach Lighted Buoy BB NOAA 44018

Station 44018
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Owned and maintained by National Data Buoy Center
3-meter discus buoy
ARES payload
42.137 N 69.713 W (42°8'13" N 69°42'46" W)

Site elevation: sea level
Air temp height: 4 m above site elevation
Anemometer height: 5 m above site elevation
Barometer elevation: sea level
Sea temp depth: 0.6 m below site elevation
Water depth: 217.6 m
Watch circle radius: 401 yards

On 11/13/11, Buoy 44018 was relocated to a new location approximately 17 nautical miles east-northeast of Provincetown, MA.

Caution: Right whales may be active in northeast waters year-round. Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots apply to vessels 65 feet or greater in specific areas and times along the US east coast. Voluntary speed restrictions may be in effect in other areas and times. For current information on speed-restricted areas, go to: 

For area forecasts and warnings, select: Boston WFO

Important Notice to Mariners

Search And Rescue (SAR) Data

Meteorological Observations from Nearby Stations and Ships Image indicating link to RSS feed of recent meteorological observations near station 44018

Conditions at 44018 as of
(7:50 pm EDT)
2350 GMT on 04/24/2015:
Unit of Measure:    Time Zone:   

Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.

5-day plot - Wind Direction Wind Direction (WDIR): WNW ( 290 deg true )
5-day plot - Wind Speed Wind Speed (WSPD): 15.5 kts
5-day plot - Wind Gust Wind Gust (GST): 17.5 kts
5-day plot - Wave Height Wave Height (WVHT): 2.6 ft
5-day plot - Dominant Wave Period Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 12 sec
5-day plot - Average Period Average Period (APD): 4.0 sec
5-day plot - Mean Wave Direction Mean Wave Direction (MWD): E ( 94 deg true )
5-day plot - Atmospheric Pressure Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 29.72 in
5-day plot - Pressure Tendency Pressure Tendency (PTDY): +0.03 in ( Rising )
5-day plot - Air Temperature Air Temperature (ATMP): 43.5 °F
5-day plot - Water Temperature Water Temperature (WTMP): 42.1 °F
5-day plot - Dew Point Dew Point (DEWP): 35.1 °F
5-day plot - Wind Chill Wind Chill (CHILL): 35.6 °F
5-day plot - Wind Speed at 10 Meters Wind Speed at 10 meters (WSPD10M): 15.5 kts
5-day plot - Wind Speed at 10 Meters Wind Speed at 20 meters (WSPD20M): 17.5 kts
5-day plot - Wind Speed, Wind Gust and Atmospheric Pressure Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure
Continuous Winds
5-day plot - Wind Direction WDIR 5-day plot - Wind Speed WSPD
7:50 pmWNW ( 294 deg ) 15.0 kts
7:40 pmWNW ( 291 deg ) 14.2 kts
7:30 pmWNW ( 287 deg ) 14.0 kts
7:20 pmW ( 281 deg ) 13.4 kts
7:10 pmW ( 277 deg ) 13.8 kts
7:00 pmW ( 276 deg ) 13.4 kts
Peak gust during the measurement hour
5-day plot - Gust Direction GDR 5-day plot - Gust Speed GST
7:46 pmWNW ( 300 deg ) 17.5 kts
Previous observations
5-day plot - Wind Direction 5-day plot - Wind Speed 5-day plot - Wind Gust 5-day plot - Wave Height 5-day plot - Dominant Wave Period 5-day plot - Average Period 5-day plot - Mean Wave Direction 5-day plot - Atmospheric Pressure 5-day plot - Pressure Tendency 5-day plot - Air Temperature 5-day plot - Water Temperature 5-day plot - Dew Point 5-day plot - Salinity 5-day plot - Visibility 5-day plot - Tide (above MLLW)
0424 6:50 pm   W 13.6 15.5 3.0 84.3 SE29.70+0.02 43.7 42.1 34.2---
0424 5:50 pm   W 13.6 15.5 3.0 54.7 NW29.70+0.00 43.7 42.4 33.4---

Detailed Wave Summary
for 44018 as of
(8:00 pm EDT on 04/24/2015)
0000 GMT on 04/25/2015:

These wave data are displayed in rounded times.

Unit of Measure:    Time Zone:   

Click on the graph icon in the table below to see a time series plot of the last five days of that observation.

5-day plot - Significant Wave HeightSignificant Wave Height (WVHT): 2.6 ft
5-day plot - Swell HeightSwell Height (SwH): 1.6 ft
5-day plot - Swell PeriodSwell Period (SwP): 12.1 sec
5-day plot - Swell DirectionSwell Direction (SwD): E
5-day plot - Wind Wave HeightWind Wave Height (WWH): 2.3 ft
5-day plot - Wind Wave PeriodWind Wave Period (WWP): 4.8 sec
5-day plot - Wind Wave DirectionWind Wave Direction (WWD):NNW
5-day plot - Wave SteepnessWave Steepness (STEEPNESS): AVERAGE
5-day plot - Average Wave PeriodAverage Wave Period (APD): 4.0 sec
Previous observations
5-day plot - Significant Wave Height 5-day plot - Swell Height 5-day plot - Swell Period 5-day plot - Swell Direction 5-day plot - Wind Wave Height 5-day plot - Wind Wave Period 5-day plot - Wind Wave Direction 5-day plot - Wave Steepness 5-day plot - Average Wave Period
0424 7:00 pm   3.0   1.6   7.7   SE 2.3 4.5   NNW AVERAGE 4.3
0424 6:00 pm   3.0   2.0   9.1   E 2.3 4.8   NWVERY_STEEP 4.7

Plot of wave energy versus frequency (and period)

Description of Measurements

Links which are specific to this station are listed below:

Real Time Data in tabular form for the last forty-five days.

Historical Data & Climatic Summaries for quality controlled data for the current month, previous months, and previous years.

The weekly status report and the weekly maintenance report also provide valuable station information.

Note that the payload types and the station locations occasionally change.
Please refer to the NDBC data inventory for the data history of each station.