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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. 

Several species that rely on Bay habitat may be enjoying a bit of a boost, thanks to this spring’s below-average to average water temperatures, occasional freshwater flow thanks to rainstorms, and—in some areas—slightly higher-than-average salinities at the end of May.

As water temperatures warm through the 70s and toward the 80s, summer boating season is in full swing here in the Chesapeake Bay. Seven CBIBS buoys are in the water and reporting meteorological and other data:

Scientists use data from CBIBS buoys, NOAA satellites, and other sources to monitor conditions in the Chesapeake Bay, and to analyze how they may differ from average.

***UPDATE as of 4/28/22: The Jamestown location is now reporting meteorological and current conditions. Water-quality data will come after June 1 when a new sensor is deployed.***

Data from NOAA buoys and satellites and other data sources on conditions in the Chesapeake Bay during fall 2021 give scientists insight into how living resources, including key fish species, may respond.

With the coldest months of the year just ahead, CBIBS team is laying out their plans for buoy operations over the winter. This year, we plan to keep five buoys in the water through the winter: