socal bight So Cal Buoys
Wave Height Legend

Client based imagemap - click over buoy symbol to get full report on selected station.

Improved Java Version of this map


  1. Maps of Southern California and a Northern California are also available to help see through much of the clutter above.
  2. In addition, a Buoy Summary (Java) is available.
  3. The small dark blue arrows are the latest WAM 00 from NOAA plotted as a vector field every 2.5 degrees.
  4. The NOAA Moored buoy data wind direction is now plotted from the new text field format in degrees rather than from a table of angles (N, NW, etc., etc.).
  5. Missing data: This occurs from time to time as data is unavailable from CDIP or NOAA. It will usually reappear within a few hours. Check the NOAA NDBC Buoy Status for detailed information on the status of any NOAA moored buoy.
  6. NDBC Station Maintenance Update - check here for the latest on the vanishing NOAA buoys.
  7. The red circles represent the NOAA moored buoys. The yellow squares represent CDIP buoys/stations, and the green diamond CICESE in Mexico. When directional data are present, a blue arrow is drawn showing the mean swell direction for the CDIP stations at Santa Cruz, Diablo Canyon, Harvest Buoy, Huntington Beach, and San Clemente. The mean wave angle for the Harvest platform is indicated by the large light blue arrow in the lower left of the map. Sustained wind is plotted with a dark red vector indicating direction - 1/10 inch is 10 knots. The NWS 24hr Sea Wave Forecast with mean swell direction is plotted using green vector arrows and labeled. In summary, blue arrows represent observed average direction and green arrows the predicted direction.
  8. A PostScript version of current image is also available.
  9. Data is compiled and plotted every 20 minutes courtesy:

Note: This is not an official US government server. Although the data are obtained from government sources, there is no guarantee the information obtained for these plots is true and correct.

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Last modified Jan 01, 2011
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