NOAA's National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) offers real-time and historical data from its moored buoys, drifting buoy data, and C-MAN (Coastal-Marine Automated Network)stations. Data are transmitted hourly via the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) and commercial satellites. Some data are transmitted half hourly.
NDBC also functions as a Data Assembly Center (DAC) for the ... U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). As the U.S. DAC, NDBC receives, quality controls, and distributes data from numerous data contributors.
Most stations measure wind speed and direction, wind gust, barometric pressure and air temperature. All buoys and some C-MAN stations measure sea surface temperature, wave height, and wave period. Monthly and annual climatic summary tables are available.
Stations are located throughout U.S. coastal waters including U.S. Atlantic coast, U.S. Pacific coast, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Great Lakes and Hawaiian Islands. Some stations are also located in the western equatorial Pacific.
Real-time data are available hourly (for at least the last 24 hours) in tabular form. After several days, data is quality-controlled and appended to daily data files. Archives of monthly and annual data may also be accessed, except for some non-NDBC stations. The following types of quality-controlled data are available: standard meteorological data, continuous winds data, spectral wave density data, spectral wave direction data, water level data, ocean current profile data,and ocean surface current data.
Data are available through NDBC's WWW server using the station locator map or the station ID list and search: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/stations.shtml
Data are available by RSS: see http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/rss_access.shtml
Dial-A-Buoy phone number: 888-701-8992
Email data service is available: see http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/email_access.shtml
FTP service is also available: ftp://tgftp.nws.noaa.gov
Anonymous FTP: http://seaboard.ndbc.noaa.gov and give email address as the password
[This summary updated November, 2007.]