The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has restored a critical weather station on Matinicus Rock at the head of Penobscot Bay. With the permanent station down since last February, NOAA has installed a temporary one that started rebroadcasting data on March 6.

Located on a lighthouse on Matinicus Rock, the Coastal Marine Automated Network station posts real-time weather and wind data online. Fishermen, ferry captains and other mariners regularly check the data before heading out to determine the conditions at the entrance of Penobscot Bay and surrounding coastline.

The permanent weather station has not been functioning for more than a year, leaving a dangerous gap in information made worse by damage to another C-MAN station on Mount Desert Rock and buoys in the area that provide data on ocean currents.

The readings from the station are available at

NOAA plans to re-establish the permanent station once the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes repairs to the lighthouse it is located on, sometime next winter. Matinicus Rock, the uninhabited island that provides important habitat to migrating seabirds, is closed during the summer.