I first encountered June Grass while SCUBA diving in Destin in 2006. I was curious about it and I spent a lot of time Googling “June Grass” without finding any useful information. I was especially interested in finding a way to know the condition of the June Grass before I hauled all of my (heavy SCUBA) gear down to the beach. Over the next five years I continued to search for such an index or forecast and still came up with little to no useful information.
In 2011 I decided to make my own June Grass Grossness Index. While I am at peace with June Grass as a natural phenomenon for this area, it still annoys me when I want to swim, it’s hot, the yellow flies are biting, the humidity is 1,000,000% and I finally get to the beach to find that it has been taken over by Slime Monsters from the Deep.
I made up The Grossness Index based on my frequent observations and some photos I had of previous June Grass experiences. Presently The Grossness Index is quite subjective. I may, or may not, make it more quantitative in the future, but for now it will give you an idea of what to expect when visiting the Emerald Coast (you can also see that the beautiful Caribbean water is not the only reason for this particular moniker).