View All Articles

Rip Current Safety

Rip current awareness

Rip Current Safety Chart (Click to Enlarge)

Stay safe at the beach this summer and know the signs of a rip current.

Rip Current:?“A small-scale surf-zone current moving away from the beach.? Rip currents form as waves disperse along the beach causing water to become trapped between the beach and a sandbar or other underwater feature.? The converges into a narrow, river-like channel moving away from the shore at high speed.”

Although rip currents are not always obviously visible,? there are indicators to help you spot rip currents:

  • A channel of churning or choppy water
  • A line of sea foam, seaweed, or debris moving steadily out to sea
  • Different colored water beyond the surf zone
  • A break in the incoming wave pattern as waves roll onshore.

General characteristics of a rip current are shown in the photographs below:

 

Rip current Example 1

Rip Current Example 1 (Click To Enlarge)

Rip current Example 3

Rip Current Example 2 (Click To Enlarge)

Rip current Example 2

Rip Current Example 3 (Click To Enlarge)

?What to do if caught in a rip current:

  • Stay calm
  • Swim along the shoreline, then on an angle back to shore
  • If unable to swim along the shore and out of rip current stay floating in rip current.? Eventually the pull will dissipate.? Turn around face shore, wave and yell for help.

Watch this Rip Current Awareness video:

This entry was posted in Weather Articles and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Read More

Lightning Strike: What are the Capabilities of Lightning Detection Systems

Two decades before the American Revolutionary War, noted inventor and scientist Benjamin Franklin had a strong curiosity when it came to the incredibly destructive force of lightning. Franklin is known for inventing one of the first…

Read More

What is a Nor’easter?

A Nor’easter is a storm along the East Coast of North America, so called because the winds over the coastal area are typically from the northeast.  These storms usually develop in the latitudes between Georgia and…

Read More

Hurricane Delta 11:00 am October 9, 2020 Advisory 20 Update, Landfall Forecast

Advisory 20 for Hurricane Delta updated at 11:00 am EDT Friday October 9, 2020: As of 11:00 am EDT Hurricane Delta remains a major category 3 hurricane with sustained winds of 115 MPH (185 KMH) and…

Read More

Leave a Reply