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Swanage Pier


Additional Information

 Wave radar location  50° 36.562' N  001° 56.954' W
 Met station location  50° 36.562' N  001° 56.954' W
 Storm threshold  1.14 m
 For full site history  See latest annual report


Wave and tide data are measured using a Rosemount WaveRadar Rex, located on Swanage Pier, by kind permission of the Pier owners. The Rex was installed on 7 March 2007.

The OMC meteorological station was installed together with the WaveRadar on 7 March 2007.


16/04/2024 Tide and wave processing software was updated to the latest version.
29/03/2024 The wind speed measurements are flatlining due to a fishing wire being caught in the instrument. The broken instrument will be replaced at the next scheduled service. The wind direction measurements and other parameters are unaffected.
17/10/2023 Scheduled service
09/02/2023 Scheduled service
13/12/2022 The major works on the pier have been completed and the WaveRadar has been replaced.
07/11/2022 Connection has been lost to the met station. Update: The connection was restored on 09/11/2022.
26/10/2022 The WaveRadar was removed in advance of further works on the pier. Re-installation is tentatively scheduled for early December 2022.
24/05/2022 The WaveRadar was relevelled. No change in elevation was found following the works on the pier.
17/02/2022 The WaveRadar was removed in advance of works on the pier. Re-installation is planned for May 2022.
05/10/2021 Scheduled service
04/08/2021 Data transfer is currenlty hindered due to disruption to the local cellular network. 
30/03/2021 A new 4G enabled PC and antenna was installed to avoid future data cable issues. Cabling of the met equipment also replaced. 
02/07/2020 Site visited to investigate data loss and power issues. Problem identified with data cable. 
07/11/2019 Scheduled service and replacement of PC. 
06/06/2019 Site visited to inspect all new cabling and electrical works. 
17/04/2019 Site visited and model swapped out. Data restored. 
14/04/2019 The instrument is currently offline due to an unknown fault. This is being investigated, and will be back online ASAP.
20/03/2019 A new PC monitor was installed and a standard service of the met statoin was carried out. 
18/03/2019 Power to the instrument has been restored.
12/03/2019 A new 350m data cable for the WaveRadar was installed, while an also electrician installed a new power cable. The works were followed by a standard service of the WaveRadar. 
30/01/2019 Site visited to test data cable functionality. 
06/11/2018 Site visited to investigate cabling issue now that power to the pier was restored. 
11/07/2018 Visit to site to diagnose issues. Problems with power and cabling severly damaged during works at the pier. 
26/06/2018 Works on the pier have adversly affected all the data parameters. We are working on bringing the site back online as soon as possible. 
07/03/2018 Scheduled service
12/04/2017 Scheduled service
13/12/2016 Site visited to continue reattachement of cabling. 
30/11/2016 Site was visited to replace the anemometer and re-attach cable after storm damage. Damage was more extensive then anticipated and more works will be needed. 
28/07/2016 There appears to be a fault with the anemometer on the pier which will be visited as soon as possible to rectify.
07/07/2016 Scheduled service
05/05/2016 Site visited to replace the thermal and UV shield for the temperature probe. 
22/10/2015 Scheduled service
11/10/2015   Due to a flood on site no data are currently being recorded
08/05/2015 The 3.5 hour data gap today was due to power being shut off for safety reasons at the shore station following a burst pipe
08/01/2015 Scheduled service
01/05/2014 The 5 hour data gap today was due to continuing power works in the Swanage area
30/04/2014 Site visited to reattach data and power cables to the pier after restoration. 
17/04/2014 Scheduled service
16/04/2014 The 5 hour data gap today was due to major power works going on in the Swanage area
13/03/2014 Maintenance works on the pier this morning have caused a gap in the data record of about 2 hours
15/01/2014 Due to a leak near the equipment the power was tripped at 8am yesterday and was restored by 8am today
08/10/2013 Site visited and route replaced. Internet connection was re-established. 
04/10/2013 Data has stopped and could not be remotely re-established. 
19/06/2013 Scheduled service
20/03/2013 Pier has sustained considerable damage due to rough seas. WaveRex cable appears to be holding part of the pier in place.
05/12/2012 Data stopped. Site visited and transmission re-established
01/12/2012 WaveRex has stopped sending data. Will be serviced at next available opportunity.
16/10/2012 Scheduled service
07/06/2012 Site visited to investigate met data issues. Cabling was renewed. 
27/03/2012 The shore station was relocated within the same building. 
06/01/2012 Scheduled service
01/01/2012 New data processing algorithms have been applied; quality controlled wave data are now available. 
30/07/2010 Scheduled service
19/11/2009 Scheduled service
27/10/2008 Data not being forwarded to website, router replaced
18/07/2008 The wind vane was found to be snarled by fishing line, it is now working properly
12/05/2008 Met data not being recieved at website, net sensors' cable unplugged.
20/04/2008 Not sending data, no remote access. Repaired but still an intermittent fault.