Only two buoys are close enough to the Big Bend and Panhandle coasts to reasonably assess weather conditions offshore. With one of the two buoys out of service, meteorologists say it's not getting any easier to make a reliable forecast.
Paul Duval, Meteorologist-In-Charge at the National Weather Service in Tallahassee says, "If you have two data points and you lose one, you've lost 50 percent of your data out there. It's critical data and when one of those is missing, that creates a huge gap in our area of responsibility where we just don't have any weather information."
Originally, the buoy was scheduled to be fixed in April, but now it is not scheduled to be online until August.