National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary's office is closed to the public while the waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance and local regulations. Note, the mooring buoys are not currently being maintained and the sanctuary assumes no liability for use of the buoys. Once normal on-water activities are restored, we will resume buoy maintenance as soon as possible. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

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Wind, Waves, Weather and More

Before you head to Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, check out these links to get the most up-to-date information available about weather, sea state and water conditions.

Weather Forecast Links

Latest Marine Forecast for Gulf of Mexico. Offshore forecast, including Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (Note: you may need to scroll down the page to see FGBNMS information).

Latest Marine Forecast for coastal waters from High Island to Matagorda ship channel, out to 60 nautical miles, including Galveston and Matagorda Bays.

Latest Marine Forecast for all National Marine Sanctuaries. Click on the "Synopsis" or "Forecast" link for any sanctuary to find out current weather conditions.

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Data Buoy Links

There are several different types of buoys in place around Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to provide information about on-site conditions in and near the sanctuary. The types of data collected by the buoys include current direction and speed, wind direction and speed, wave height and period, atmospheric pressure, air temperature and water temperature.

There are currently three categories of data buoys that provide information relevant to sanctuary management.

  • The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) is part of NOAA's National Weather Service. NDBC designs, develops, operates, and maintains a network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations.
Large cone shaped buoy, rounded on the bottom.

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  • Industry also operates data stations. Some companies make their data available to the public.
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Specific Buoys of Interest to Sanctuary Visitors

National Data Buoy Center Western Gulf map shows NDBC and other buoy locations in the Western Gulf of Mexico.

NDBC Station 42019 is located approximately 67 miles west of Stetson Bank. Although it is not the nearest NDBC buoy to East and West Flower Garden Banks, it is the one with the most similar conditions due to its location on the continental shelf.

NDBC Station 42046 is the NDBC summary of data from TABS Buoy N. For more detailed data and graphical representations from the buoy, go to TABS Buoy N. The buoy is located to the west of West Flower Garden Bank.

NDBC Station 42047 is the NDBC summary of data from TABS Buoy V. For more detailed data and graphical representations from the buoy, go to TABS Buoy V. The buoy is located within the sanctuary boundaries for East Flower Garden Bank.

Station FGBL1 - High Island 334 is a fixed structure weather station located near East Flower Garden Bank. It is owned and by Mariner Energy Inc. and maintained by Essi Corporation.

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