Year One

Just before midnight local time on the night of 27-28 August, 2005, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather buoy #42003, located in the Gulf of Mexico roughly at the intersection of a line directly south of Panama City, Florida and directly west of Naples, Florida, suddenly stopped transmitting. The buoy, a 10 meter (32.8 ft) diameter disc with a 10 meter (32.8 ft) tower, designed specifically to withstand any possible storm, had capsized.

It was the first time in the history of the NOAA that a 10 meter buoy had ever capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

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