While CBIBS buoys are fairly sturdy, ice can damage sensors and large ice floes can move buoys far from their deployed locations. To keep CBIBS buoy safe over the winter, the team is pulling the Patapsco buoy. This is our northernmost buoy, and it is the most vulnerable to freezing.
NOAA CBIBS buoys tracked the storm’s effects as it moved through the Chesapeake region September 22-24. Peak wind gusts at the buoys show Ophelia’s south-to-north progression:
First Landing: 53.4 knots (61.5 mph), 9:06 p.m., 9/22
The remnants of Hurricane Ian affected the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of October 2022. The strong winds the system brought churned up the Bay.
Conditions this summer in Chesapeake waters may have provided a good setting for some of the Bay’s iconic species, including striped bass, blue crabs, and oysters.
As technology evolves, so does CBIBS! We are implementing changes to the equipment we use to track water-quality parameters at the buoys.