St Augustine Buoy 41012 Status

SERVICE CHANGE NOTICE 13-2
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HEADQUARTERS WASHINGTON DC
900 AM EST WED JAN 9 2013

TO:       SUBSCRIBERS:
          -FAMILY OF SERVICES
          -NOAA WEATHER WIRE SERVICE
          -EMERGENCY MANAGERS WEATHER INFORMATION NETWORK
          -NOAAPORT
           OTHER NWS PARTNERS, USERS AND EMPLOYEES

FROM:  MARK A. TEW
              CHIEF, MARINE AND COASTAL SERVICES BRANCH


SUBJECT:  DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS, NDBC BUOY 41012, OFFSHORE
                    ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA, IS NO LONGER SUPPORTED
                    EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY


THE NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE (NOS) COASTAL STORMS PROGRAM (CSP) HAS
DISCONTINUED SPONSORSHIP OF NATIONAL DATA BUOY CENTER (NDBC) BUOY
41012. THIS BUOY IS NOW CONSIDERED TO BE UNFUNDED.  BUOY 41012 IS
LOCATED ABOUT 40 NAUTICAL MILES EAST NORTHEAST OF ST. AUGUSTINE,
FLORIDA, AT COORDINATES 30.042 NORTH, 80.534 WEST. THE APPROXIMATE
LOCATION OF THE BUOY IS SHOWN IN THE LINK BELOW.

HTTP://BATCHGEO.COM/MAP/C741F75DF1FC1A26FCE45DDBA1E4ED7D

THE ANNUAL COST TO OPERATE THIS BUOY IS ABOUT $60,000, PLUS U.S.
COAST GUARD SUPPORT TO SERVICE IT. AT THIS TIME, THE BUOY IS FULLY
OPERATIONAL AND TRANSMITTING DATA. IF PROBLEMS WITH DATA
TRANSMISSION DEVELOP, THERE IS NO FUNDING TO REPAIR THE BUOY AND IT
WILL NO LONGER TRANSMIT DATA. THERE IS NO WAY TO DETERMINE HOW LONG
THE DATA WILL BE AVAILABLE.

BUOY 41012 WAS DEPLOYED IN JUNE 2002. THE CSP IS NOT AN OPERATIONAL
PROGRAM AND TYPICALLY DOES NOT PROVIDE LONG TERM FUNDING FOR
PROJECTS. THE CSP AND NDBC HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE PAST
FEW YEARS TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE FUNDING SOURCE FOR THIS BUOY BUT
HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL TO DATE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS BUOY AND ITS CURRENT DATA, SEE THE LINK
BELOW (in lower case letters).

HTTP://WWW.NDBC.NOAA.GOV/STATION_PAGE.PHP?STATION=41012

PLEASE PROVIDE ANY COMMENTS TO THE FOLLOWING E-MAIL ADDRESS WITH
THE SUBJECT LINE: UNFUNDED BUOY 41012:

MARINE.WEATHER@NOAA.GOV

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

IN THE NORTH FLORIDA AND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AREA...

AL SANDRIK
WARNING COORDINATION METEOROLOGIST
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA
904-741-4370 EXT. 223
AL.SANDRIK@NOAA.GOV

NATIONALLY...

WAYNE PRESNELL
METEOROLOGIST, MARINE AND COASTAL SERVICES BRANCH
SILVER SPRING, MD 20910
301-713-1677, EXT. 103
WAYNE.PRESNELL@NOAA.GOV

NATIONAL SERVICE CHANGE NOTICES ARE ONLINE AT
(in lower case letters):

HTTP://WWW.WEATHER.GOV/OS/NOTIF.HTM



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