Links To Look Up Atlantic Coast And Bay Water Temperatures

There are several ways to check the water temperatures for Delaware and the surrounding waters coast wide.

We use apps for just about everything when it comes to information. Sometimes it is just as easy to go to the source, but it helps if you know where to view that source. All of our apps pull real time information from satellites, weather stations, and other sources. That is why some apps cost money, often that access is not cheap. Just about everything we use for fishing originates with the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA.  You can check live Delaware bay water conditions on the Delaware Bay Operational Forecast System (DBOFS) .
It is very useful for coastal and Delaware Bay temperatures.
Not all information sites are run by NOAA and are very useful.
The National Buoy Data Center has all the coastal buoys around the world.

noaa, water temperatures,The National Centers For Environmental Information  Water Temperature Map of the Central Atlantic Coast
The National Centers For Environmental Information Water Temperature Map of the Central Atlantic Coast

I use the (USGS) United States Geological Survey National Water Information System: Web Interface. It connects me to the many stations around the inland bays and rivers for water temperatures and other data. There are stations all over Delaware and the United States. You can look up an amazing amount of information with these stations. Exploring the website takes a minute to get accustomed. The most useful station I have found is Massey’s Landing’s USGS gauge. By looking at the temperature fluctuations graph the tide can be determined as well. Not just if it is high or low tide but where the tide is currently since it is a live view updated frequently.

USGS Water Gauge  Massey's Ditch, long neck, sussex county, inland bays
USGS Water Gauge Massey’s Ditch
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You just have to use the Indian River Inlet tide chart to help you get an idea where the temperature coincides with the tide. For example. Today (March 2, 2020) the low tide is warmer than high tide. When the temperature peaks and starts to go down is when the tide changes to the incoming tide. Spring and Fall get tricky due to air temperatures and wind chill. That is why you use the Indian River Inlet live tide chart for guidance. Eventually you get a feel for the temperature chart. Allowing you to get an idea what the tide is at Massey’s Ditch based on the temperature. Th etop of the graph peak is low tide, hotter water, the bottom fo the graph or dip is high tide, cooler water.

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Current water temperatures at Massey’s Ditch the week into March 2nd

Some apps cost a lot of money to keep track of live water temperatures. We use the Rutgers University satellite imagery from the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab, for ocean surface temperatures. The only problem is these are usually a day behind the current readings. Those are the apps you pay high prices for yearly access. If you don’t need to know what the exact temperature is out there immediately, this is a free way to get an idea. These satellites can be set for all kinds of parameters to fine tune readings. It is another fun site to explore.
I hope these links are helpful for you to determine water conditions.

ocean temperatures, Rutgers University satellite imagery
March 1st 2020 Rutgers University satellite imagery of ocean temperatures east coast

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