Sometimes you just want to know if the water is cold. Other times you want to know if it has red tide. Here are some sites to help you:
NOAA Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting System
The Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System (HABSOS) website is a regional, web-based data and information dissemination tool. This website provides a secure data entry tool for collection of cell count observations of the algal species Karenia brevis. Data entered into the system are aggregated and available for display in the HABSOS Internet Mapping Service (IMS). Online assessment and analysis of HAB events are enhanced through the integration of in-situ observations, surface forecasts, and powerful satellite imagery products into the IMS. A link is also provided to the official NOAA HAB Bulletin.It is an advanced tool that is used to track the outbreaks of Red Tide and similar algae blooms across the Gulf Coast. If you are interested in deep and thorough data, this is the source for you.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Harmful Algae Blooms
A harmful algal bloom (HAB) is the rapid growth of a toxic or nuisance algal species that negatively affects natural resources or humans. Check the current status of Florida red tide and other HABs around the state. Color maps provide easy to use information to make sure that your time on the water is not marred by that horrible smell of red tide.
Red tide status reports contain information about current red tide conditions and include sample results, a map, and information links. The photo gallery has maps for the current year; at the end of each year, maps are transferred to the photo gallery in Historical Florida Red Tide Monitoring Maps. This site contains more information than just maps.
Rutgers University Sea Surface Temperature Satellite Images
The images in this database are from the AVHRR (advanced very high resolution radiometer). Rutgers records approximately 9 of these passes per day with their L-Band satellite dish. These images are just a small sample of the area over which they can collect data. The satellite dish on their roof allows them to see as far south as Puerto Rico, as far west as Nevada, and up to 65 degrees N latitude and 40 degrees W longitude. The images on the following pages have been calibrated to show sea surface temperatures. Land temperatures, though slightly inaccurate, show the heat emitted from major cities (such as Philadelphia and NYC). Currently they track the NOAA-15, 17, and 18 satellites.