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RSC Wins Grant for Lake Erie Weather Buoy

Planned to be launched in May off Walnut Creek.
April 2, 2014 - Good news for Lake Erie boaters and fishermen!

The Regional Science Consortium has secured a grant to float a high-tech weather buoy in local Lke Erie waters as early as this May.

The weather buoy will provide safety data to help boaters and fishermen determine the lake water temperature, the size of the waves, turbidity, wind speed and direction, and also feature a video camera for a look at lake conditions.

The buoy will be located about five miles out in the lake, off Walnut Creek.

We are happy to also announce that once the buoy is up and operating, Jet 24/FOX66 meteorologists from your weather authority will make that information available to you every day on-air and here at YourErie.com.

Here's more from RSC:

Recently the Regional Science Consortium were the recipients of a grant from the Great Lakes Observing Systems (GLOS) for a Weather, Water, & Wave Buoy System. This system will be deployed May 2014 west of the Presque Isle State Park peninsula, near Walnut Creek approximately 5 miles off shore. This is only the second moored buoy in the U.S. waters of Lake Erie that will be collecting weather, water, and wave data; the other buoy is off of Sandusky/Lorain, Ohio.

The RSC Buoy System will collect the following data:

•Weather - Air Temperature, Wind Speed, Max. Wind Speed, Relative Humidity, Barometric Pressure, Daily Rain, Rain Duration, Rain Intensity, and Solar Radiation
•Water - Water Temperature, Specific Conductivity, pH, Turbidity, and Dissolved Oxygen
•Wave - Wave Height, Wave Period, and Wave Direction
•Video Camera

The data will be collected and updated every 20 minutes and can be accessed at the RSC website, the GLOS website, and through the National Weather Service for the nearshore forecast for the waters of Lake Erie off of Erie, PA. The National Weather Service will report this data on their website, NOAA weather radio, and their Dial-A-Buoy program. In addition, the buoy is also outfitted with a video camera that will collect 30 minute clips of the Lake Erie conditions and update the RSC website every hour. This buoy system will fill observation data gaps in the nearshore region of southern Lake Erie, and provide critical meteorological and physical data to support National Weather Service and local meteorological forecasts. This data is also of great importance to those that recreate on Lake Erie (i.e. boaters, sailors, anglers, swimmers)

How to access the data:
Regional Science Consortium (www.RegSciConsort.com)
Great Lakes Observing System (http://glos.us/data-access/boaters-forecast)
National Buoy Data Center (http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/)

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