Category Archives: Beach Conditions

Okaloosa Island 5/15/18

Monica and Rey sent us this yesterday:

All clear on Okaloosa Island today. Been here since 5/11 and it’s been beautiful!

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Rip Current Statement in effect until 7am Sunday

Please read the rip current statement in the last post. It remains in effect until 7am Sunday. Please don’t go in the water: your life is worth more than the price of your vacation.

More on Chlorophyll and June Grass May 13, 2015

Here is the best satellite monitoring data on chlorophyll that I could find for May 13 when Art and Hank were reporting June Grass in Blue Mountain and Henderson:

7 day composite of chlorophyll readings up to May 13. Redder = more chlorophyll. I got this image from data provided by University of South Florida College of Marine Science Optical Oceanography Laboratory

Here is a link to the University of South Florida site that I have been using. Make sure you are looking at chlorophyll data and not surface temperature data.

Red flag day on the Panhandle.

There is no June grass report today because of the red flags and ongoing rip current warning. I have been to the beach and the waves are big. Do not go in the water,  it isn’t safe!

Rip Current Statement for Coastal Okaloosa County, FL

Issued by The National Weather Service
Mobile, AL
Fri, May 15, 10:38 am CDT
… HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MOBILE HAS ISSUED A HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK… WHICH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
* TIMING… THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
* IMPACTS… FREQUENT LIFE-THREATENING RIP CURRENTS ARE EXPECTED. THE SURF IS DANGEROUS FOR ALL LEVELS OF SWIMMERS.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
THERE IS A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS.
RIP CURRENTS ARE LIFE-THREATENING TO ANYONE ENTERING THE SURF. IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT… YELL FOR HELP AND REMAIN CALM. DO NOT EXHAUST YOURSELF AND STAY AFLOAT WHILE WAITING FOR HELP. IF YOU HAVE TO SWIM OUT OF A RIP CURRENT… SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE AND BACK TOWARD THE BEACH WHEN POSSIBLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINST A RIP CURRENT AS YOU WILL TIRE QUICKLY.
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More Information
… HIGH RIP CURRENT RISK IN EFFECT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING…
.A PERSISTENT MODERATE EAST TO SOUTHEAST WIND FLOW IS CREATING ELEVATED SURF AND A HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS. THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.

June Grass is in at Henderson Beach & Blue Mountain Beach

I’ve got reports from the POST BEACH CONDITIONS HERE page that the June grass is in at Henderson (Destin) and Blue Mountain (Santa Rosa Beach 30-A). I haven’t had time to go look yet. Subscribe to the comments on POST BEACH CONDITIONS HERE if you want the most current updates from people on the local beaches. Thank you to the reporting parties and please send pics if you have them!

THPSP Morning

Still a 0 on the June Grass Grossness Index. Folks seem to be having a great day at the beach. The safety flags were yellow, the wind was from NNW and the Gulf is pretty calm.

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Lots of Choctawhatchee beach mouse tracks in the dunes.

Still Clear

THPSP and Sandestin are still at a 0 on the June Grass Grossness Index.

The wind is coming from the southwest and the water is still a bit choppy for swimming. The water also seems a bit warmer to me today.

There are a ton of black-bellied plover around. They are beautiful birds but very skittish. There are also a lot of other shorebirds like terns, gulls, willet, and sanderlings if bird watching is your thing.

I also noted a large number of black unicorn horn – shaped snails in shallow water, which is new for me. I will try to figure out what species. The beach and the Gulf are full of surprises.

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It’s Gone!

THPSP, Stalworth, and Sandestin were clear this evening: 0 on the June Grass Grossness Index!

The water is a beautiful malachite color, between emerald and turquoise, but the surf is 2-3′ and a rip current alert is in effect. Stay out of the water! Red and purple flags were flying at the time of this report. The wind is coming quite strongly from the south, so I am a bit puzzled about where the June grass went.

There was one solitary pompano angler at the beach along with some willets, sanderlings, sand pipers, and a few ghost crabs. It’s shorebird nesting season,  so watch where you step and respect roped – off nesting areas.

Here are a few photos:

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Thanks!

THPSP Afternoon

It’s true!

The June grass is in at about a 3 on the Grossness Index.

I stuck my feet in and the water is still a bit cold for my liking (I also turned the heat on in my car Tuesday morning when it was 64F. Obviously I have been in FL for too long).

If the water were warmer I would still go swimming.

I doubt the June grass will be leaving any time soon unless the wind shifts.

Photos of the carnage:

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