Service Change Notice 13-1

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1050 AM EST Thu Jan 3 2013


To:       Subscribers:

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          Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


From:     Mark A. Tew

          Chief, Marine and Coastal Weather Services Branch


Subject:  Buoy 46089, offshore Astoria, Oregon, is no longer  

          supported effective immediately    


The National Ocean Service (NOS) Coastal Storms Program (CSP)

will discontinue sponsorship of National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

buoy 46089 in 2013. This buoy is considered unfunded.  Buoy 46089

is about 85 nautical miles west northwest of Astoria, Oregon, at

coordinates 45.893 North 125.819 West. The link below shows the

approximate location of the buoy.


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 46089 was deployed in November 2004.  The Coastal Storms

Program 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



For more information on this buoy and its current data, see the

link below.


Please provide any comments to the following e-mail address with

the subject line Unfunded Buoy 46089:


For more information, contact:


Wayne Presnell

Meteorologist, Marine and Coastal Services Branch

Silver Spring, MD 20910

301-713-1677, ext. 103


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