PORTLAND — It’s going to be easier for mariners in Maine’s Penobscot Bay to know the weather at sea.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has permanently restored a weather station on Matinicus Rock, which can provide weather information to sailors in the area.

The Coastal Marine Automated Network station posts real-time weather and wind data online, a resource that can be used by local fishermen, ferry captains and island communities.

Maine U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree had urged officials to repair the station, which hadn’t provided data for two years.

Pingree says the loss of the station made it dangerous for boats to operate in Penobscot Bay.

She says knowledge of changing conditions is critical to Maine’s coastal economy.