HONOLULU (KHNL) - A U.S. Coast Guard cutter and crew recently helped the National Weather Service restore a critical tool used to forecast incoming surf and weather around the Hawaiian islands.
The Coast Guard cutter, Kukui re-positioned NOAA Weather Buoy 51003 on scene about 205 miles southwest of Oahu.
"Data from buoys such as 51003 feed directly into numerical forecast models and are critical because they provide surface data over the open ocean where such data is extremely limited," said NWS Honolulu Forecaster Ray Tanabe.
The buoy was adrift for months after breaking free from its mooring in January. The Kukui's crew put it back on station late last month after repairs were made in Honolulu.