NBC10 First Alert Weather Blog: Heads Up for Rip Currents This Summer

As temperatures begin to soar and humidity increases for the holiday weekend many of us will be headed to the beaches and the First Alert Weather Team wants to make sure YOU understand the danger of rip currents.

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As temperatures begin to soar and humidity increases for the holiday weekend, many of us will be headed to the beaches.
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The NBC10 First Alert Weather Team wants to make sure YOU understand the danger of rip currents.
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Here is what the rip current risk statement from the National Weather Service looks like.
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So exactly what is a rip current? They are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that are prevalent along the East, Gulf, and West coasts of the U.S., as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes.
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When the Jersey Beaches are experiencing an onshore wind, the potentially deadly risk of rip currents is a major concern. The estimated number of beach goers who die in rip currents each year is over one hundred! Here is what to do if you’re ever caught in one. 1. Do your best not to panic. 2. Swim parallel to the shoreline (that is in the direction of the shoreline). 3. Once you are out of the rip current you can then swim back towards the shore. 4. Never swim in an area that isn’t being monitored by a lifeguard and of course it’s always best to swim with someone!
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Here at NBC10 our meteorologists are required to take at least one Oceanography course in their undergraduate studies because of the direct relationship between the ocean and the atmosphere. During our studies, we are taught about the ocean floor and its complexities as it relates to weather. The study of the ocean floor is called “bathymetry” and knowledge of the ocean floor helps us to understand where waves break and how to become more familiar with any potential ocean hazards, including rip currents!
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