This digital data set is archived at the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Buoys that collect the data make up the US Coastal Marine station group and are monitored by the National Data Buoy Center (NDBC). NCDC archives only data of meteorological interest from the buoys. Oceanographic data is archived by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). The geographic coverage of the buoys is ... the Great Lakes, North Atlantic Ocean, North Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and Hawaiian Islands areas. Data from 1970 to the present are available. Parameters are: Air and dew point temperature (Deg. C to 10ths), sea level pressure (mb to 10ths), wind direction (deg to 10ths), wind speed (m/s to 100ths), current weather (coded), visibility (nm to 10ths), precipitation (accumulation in mm), solar radiation (if available, in langleys/min), sea surface temperature (deg C to 100ths), significant wave height (m to 10ths) and average wave period (sec to 10ths).