I just came back from the beach. We had storms yesterday and through the night and the water is not as pretty as it was Sunday. I give the June Grass a 2 on the Grossness Index. I don’t mind going in on a 2 and I found that the water was warmer today. There are still a few non-stinging jellies and the ever-present foot – nibbling baby pompano.
Remember: day use admission, parking and tram are free at the park through the summer!
I just came off the beach at the state park. I’m giving the June Grass maybe a 0.75. There are a few random blobs but you really have to look for them in the otherwise gorgeous water. There are some small jellies but I don’t think they sting. I’m allergic to them and I feel fine after body surfing for over a hour. The waves are good-sized but nice for body surfing and boogie boarding. The wind was coming from the south but is now shifting to the west. Flags are yellow. There were a bunch of tiny pompano intent on giving me a “fish pedicure”. They’re annoying but harmless.
Remember day use admission, parking, and tram service are free at Topsail Hill Preserve State Park this summer.
No June grass here! Hopefully it will stay that way for the weekend.
Also beginning May 22, 2015 regular day-use admission fees will be waived for public entrance to Topsail Hill State Park through a reimbursement program administered by Visit South Walton (VSW). The program will be in effect May 22, 2015 until September 7, 2015 with VSW reimbursing the state park up to $25,000 for entrance fees during this time for visitors and residents. So you get free parking and tram service!
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park’s tram service shall operate service each day 9:00 a.m. until sunset at least twice per hour to provide transportation to the beach access from the public parking lot. This program is to increase beach access parking availability along 30A, increase awareness of outdoor recreation opportunities, and increase visitation to the park.
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is located at 7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. For more information, call (850) 267-8330
I stopped at Beasley Park and had a look around. The water looked nice, a nice emerald green, and I only saw a couple random small clumps of June grass. The wind is from the South. Choctawhatchee Bay looks a bit tannic and Destin Pass and Crab Island waters are a deep shade of navy and also a bit tannic.
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:
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.
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!
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!
I had an epiphany the other day: June Grass is sort of a plant. Plants are green because of pigments called chlorophyll. Various government and scientific agencies track chlorophyll concentrations in the ocean, using satellite imagery, for a variety of reasons.
There are a number of websites where you can access this data. I am still combing through them but this is what the University of South Florida has to say about their chlorophyll tracking imagery:
“The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System region is an area bounded within these coordinates: 31°N 18°N 79°W and 98°W.
For day passes, there are five image products produced. Products include: a chlor_a (Chlorophyll a) image, an ergb (Enhanced RGB) image, a flh (Fluorescence Line Height) image, and a sst (Sea Surface Temperature) image. During night passes, two products are producted: a sst (Sea Surface Temperature) image and sst4 (Sea Surface Temperature) image.
Meris data is not produced for this area.
If you are viewing ‘color’ images, for any week but the current week, and click on a Google Earth link, Florida’s FWC Karenia brevis data will be displayed as a layer. Since FWC makes the data available on Friday, current week images do not have an association to K. brevis data until Saturday. The K. brevis data displayed corresponds to the date of the images you are viewing. All images during any one week are linked to that week’s FWC K. brevis data.
You will notice that the most current imagery date is displayed. If there are several passes, they will be seen inside each of the tabs.
All images are mapped to a cylindrical equidistant projection. Images are at 1 kilometer resolution.
All images are mapped to a cylindrical equidistant projection.
More information / references for any of the products can be found in the ‘information’ link located beneath every image.”
Here is the image they had for May 1, when we happened to have our first June Grass sighting:
Red coloration indicates high concentrations of chlorophyll (and maybe June Grass or other algae) and blue means low concentrations. Zoom in and check out our area. Look at all the red in the west! Everybody always says the June Grass comes from the west. I’m going to try to look at these kinds of images whenever we have reports of heavy June Grass this season and see if there is any correlation. It might not work but it could also be another tool in the fight against June Grass-ruined beach days.
I would love it if you would share your personal June Grass and beach condition reports on the Post Beach Conditions HERE! tab on the menu, to further improve the June Grass Report. You can also submit pics of the beach conditions from your location to: junegrasspics AT gmail DOT com Submitting your pics will vastly increase the beaches the June Grass Report can cover daily. Keep it family-friendly: (no booze, obscene gestures or R-rated swimwear, etc.) and include your location. By submitting pics you agree to let me use them as I see fit but I’ll put your name on them when posted. Your help and support is most appreciated!
There will be no June Grass Reports on red flag days because I do not encourage anybody to go in the water on a red flag. It’s dangerous, don’t do it!
If there isn’t a current June Grass report up on this site I suggest checking the link to local beach cams . They can often give you an idea of what the water is like. It is also important to “Know Before You Go” and check local beach flags. PLEASE ENJOY THE BEACH RESPONSIBLY!