Mariners Update: Mission Bay buoy relocated

The Mission Bay wave buoy has been relocated 6 miles west of the original location due to frequent ship strikes. The old location was in an area of heavy ship traffic from San Diego to Long Beach, according to the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP).

On Feb. 1, San Diego wave buoys, Point Loma South, Mission Bay West and Torrey Pines Outer, reached more than 19 feet significant wave height (approximately 38 feet peak waves).

The Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS) and CDIP Potential Flooding Index is useful for specific areas of flooding, particularly in Imperial Beach, La Jolla and Cardiff (where the model has undergone extensive validation). Monitor local flooding for the predicted El Niño through the SCCOOS/CDIP Flooding Index: sccoos.org/data/flooding-storm-surge-models/.

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