National Network of Regional Coastal Monitoring Programmes

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Note that these are real-time data and are not quality-controlled. Long-range graphs are plotted from a randomised subsample of half-hourly data.



Additional Information

 Wave buoy location  54° 30.27' N  000° 36.41'W
 WMO code  6201046
 Approx. water depth  17 m CD
 Approximate spring tidal range  4.6 m
 Storm alert threshold  4.16 m


Wave parameters are recorded using a Datawell Directional WaveRider Mk III buoy. The buoy was deployed on 18 January 2013, at which time the magnetic declination at the site was 1.8° west, changing by 0.18° east per year. Wave direction is reported following the nautical convention, meaning that the direction is where the waves come from, measured clockwise from magnetic north.


29/01/2024 Scheduled service
24/01/2023 The buoy was redeployed.
19/08/2022 Communication with the buoy was lost. A fault with the HF antenna is suspected, the buoy has been recovered to the harbour. The buoy will be redeployed at the earliest opportunity.
05/05/2022 The buoy was redeployed.
10/04/2022 The buoy was sent adrift and will be recovered asap.
25/03/2022 The buoy was redeployed. 
29/11/2021 The buoy was located, badly damaged, east of East Pier in Whity. The buoy will be recovered and a replacement buoy deployed at the earliest opportunity. 
27/11/2021 Communication with the buoy was lost in the extreme waves caused by Storm Arwen. Updates to follow. 
19/07/2021 The buoy was redeployed
10/07/2021 The buoy went adrift and was recovered the same day. The instrument will be redeployed ASAP. 
13/05/2021 Scheduled service
06/11/2020 The buoy was redeployed
24/09/2020 The buoy was sent adrift and was recoverd. It is currentlie tied up in Whitby Harbour. 
17/06/2020 The buoy was redeployed
04/06/2020 The was was sent adrift and beached
25/04/2020 The buoy was redeployed
17/02/2020 The buoy was cut adrift
12/09/2019 The buoy has been redeployed
08/07/2019 The wave buoy parted from its mooring but was recovered. It is currently tied up in Whitby Harbour. 
17/12/2018 A replacement buoy has been deployed
26/10/2018 The buoy came off its mooring but found its way to Whitby Harbour. It is currently tied up in the harbour in calm waters.
31/08/2018 Scheduled service
12/01/2018 Scheduled service
25/08/2011 Buoy swapped
07/08/2017 Scheduled service
23/06/2016 Buoy swapped out today
12/03/2016 Scheduled service
20/10/2015 Buoy re-deployed
07/10/2015   Buoy has come adrift; recovery efforts are underway
23/07/2015 Buoy re-deployed
17/05/2015 Buoy set adrift again
13/05/2015 Buoy re-deployed
08/05/2015 Buoy has come adrift. Will be recovered ASAP
27/01/2015 Scheduled service
25/06/2014 The buoy has come adrift again, and was kindly towed to harbour by a local fishing vessel
12/05/2014 Buoy re-deployed.
05/05/2014 Buoy has come adrift. Will be redeployed as soon as possible
17/02/2014 Last nights' data gap was caused by an issue experienced at the shore station computer
17/11/2013 Buoy came adrift this morning but was moved back to licenced position this evening and checked for damage
21/06/2013 Buoy re-deployed
19/06/2013 The buoy appers to have been hit and has been set adrift