New tech could help detect rip currents, make for safer beach days
New technology could make rip currents more identifiable.
When Betsy Madero and her family hit the beach in atlantic City late this morning, I plan my vacation around the weather and ocean breeze helped keep it nearly 15 degrees cooler than places inland away from the water. See, this is the place to be. I have my beach umbrellas, the cooler the music we're going to have a good day today. This is an area where rip currents going to develop once the tide pushes back in rip currents, strong channels of water that can pull swimmers away from the coastline are an ever present and potentially deadly threat for folks looking to beat the heat. But to help keep people safer in the surf upgraded technology is allowing the National Weather Service to now use a newly rolled out national rip current forecast model. Just another very good tool to look at and set up a pre plan or what may be coming, experts say. The model can predict the hourly likelihood of rip currents along U. S. Beaches up to six days out, providing more accurate and specific information on their expected severity. Typically when we make a forecast, we just say, you know, the the rip current forecast is low today. It's high today. This model, you know, may allow us to actually do more targeted messaging for coastal areas that are given day are particularly susceptible to rip currents. Beach patrol members say it's important to remember that ocean conditions are constantly changing and rip currents are different in every shore town, it's very localized. Always swim. Near lifeguard. Talk to your life guards, let them describe to you about the ocean conditions, experts say the new rip current forecast model is a big step forward aimed at saving lives but point out that no technology can ever replace eyes on the ocean.