Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Rip Currents This Week

There is a moderate risk of rip currents this week along Brevard's beaches. The National Weather Service office in Melbourne states that a ridge of high pressure will also bring breezy east winds that will make for rougher-than-normal surf conditions. Weak swimmers should not wade far into the surf because of the breaking waves, the report advised.
Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves. According to the NOAA rip current website, rip currents account for over 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards.
The NOAA ripcurrent website notes that June 1 - 7 is Awareness Week, with a spirit line of Break the Grip of the Rip!

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