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How To Spot Rip Currents In The Ocean From The Beach

Angle Of Waves Hitting The Shore Is A Good Visual Clue

Rip tide conditions
For rip tide conditions, check the angle the waves are hitting the beach.


If you’re at the ocean and worried about rip currents, here’s an easy tip on how to spot them from the beach.

Look at the direction of the waves. If they are coming into shore at a sideways angle, then that’s a rip current.

Do not enter the water in this area. The water will pull you out, you’ll wind up fighting your way to try and get back to shore, will wear yourself out and hopefully will be rescued by a lifeguard.

I know this because it happened to me. I was rescued. He dropped me to the beach where I lay down exhausted for several minutes, and before I had the chance to thank him, sprinted back in the water to save another person.

To say I was – and remain – impressed is an understatement.

Later, I consulted a friend who knows the water the way I know college football, and he told me about the sideways break.

Another visual is to see if there are a bunch of lifeguards are in the water pulling out swimmers. That may seem obvious but it’s easy to convince yourself “it won’t happen to me.”

Well, it happened to me and I am grateful to the lifeguards. So do them a favor and enter the water away from any trouble.

Late July Tropical Storms Could Soak Florida & Southeastern USA Beaches

Georgia, South Carolina & North Carolina Coastlines May Get Heavy Rain

Late July weather map for Florida, Georgia, South Carolina North Carolina
This AccuWeather map shows the potential for rain from North Carolina to Florida.


Hopefully, you are not taking your Florida vacation or going to any beaches in the Southeastern USA the last week of July.

Because you may be in for a wet week.

According to AccuWeather.com, conditions exist that could bring heavy rain and winds to beaches in those areas.

“We suspect that strong winds aloft over the region on the Atlantic side will diminish next week, which could be enough to spur on development,” said AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski, “Tropical development on the Gulf side could follow if the disruptive winds diminish in that region.”

This could bring not just rain but storms to the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

And, of course, Florida.

Now the Sunshine State is no stranger to summer storms. In fact, it rains every afternoon at 3 o’clock, or so it seems. But the lingering conditions could produce more than the usual afternoon shower.

According to AccuWeather, the storms could be very slow-moving and unload enough rain to cause flooding problems, travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities.

If it happens, that means no goofy golf!

The storms forecast to frequent Florida next week will be the result of the stalled front nearby and a pocket of cool air aloft. The setup will make the atmosphere very unstable over the state.

Should a tropical system or two develop next week, potential impacts could include rough surf and strong rip currents in the coastal areas and large swells and gusty winds offshore.

Fourth Of July Weekend Weather At Beaches Across The USA

Rain To Affect Florida, East  Coast, Texas & Hawaii

Hermosa Beach Ironman 4th of July
Come rain, sun or clouds, Americans celebrate at the beach for the 4th of July.


The 4th of July is the biggest and busiest day on the USA’s beaches, but in 2015, it’s going to be wet as well as wild.

From sea to almost-shining sea, nearly every part of coastal America will get rain at last one day on the weekend. Here’s what to expect in major tourist coastal areas:


This promises the best weather, with mostly sunny skies from Monterey to San Diego. Still, it won’t be the typical blue-sky gorgeous as a bit of June Gloom is still clinging to the coast.


• Jones Beach, N.Y. – Good news here – mostly sunny! But there will be clouds, as well. Temps are pleasant, upper 70s and mid-60s.

• Martha’s Vineyard – Partly to mostly sunny with highs in the mid-70s with lows in the low 60s.

• Newport, R.I. – Pretty much the same as above, with temperatures in the upper 70s and mid-60s.

• Seaside Heights, N.J. – Thunderstorms give way to partly sunny skies on Saturday thru the weekend. And watch out for the Portuguese Man O’ War jellyfish that are washing up on Jersey beaches; those things can still sting while on the sand and pack a wallop!


• Hilton Head Island, S.C. – Good news if you arrive on Friday and it’s pouring: it will be partly to mostly sunny on Saturday and Sunday. It’s warm, tho, with highs reaching 90.  So have lots of water handy on those golf courses. And lots of cold beer later in the Quarterdeck Bar in Sea Pines Plantation.

• Myrtle Beach, S.C. – I hate to put a damper on things but it’s going to be damp. Look for indoor activities.

• Ocean City, Md.  – Mostly cloudy with some sunshine and mild temperatures in the mid-70s and mid-60s.


Thunderstorms are due to soak the eastern seaboard from Datyona to Key West. The rain won’t arrive in South Florida until the 4th and that will be followed by mostly cloudy skies.

On the Gulf Coast, Panama City Beach and Destin will be emerging from thundershowers on Saturday but further south, St. Pete down to Fort Meyers are looking at days of thunderstorms leading into and lasting the entire weekend.


Honolulu and Waikiki Beach are looking great, with the exception of the actual 4th when clouds move in and take away some of the sunshine.  Maui will be just escaping from three days of showers on the 4th with partly-cloudy skies.

Temperatures are warm, in the mid to upper 80s and some of that tropical humidity. Pacific style (not Florida style).


• Corpus Christi  – Sunny on Friday but giving way to showers on Saturday and Sunday. Highs are in the low-90s.

• Galveston – Slightly better in that it’s only going to rain on Saturday.

• South Padre Island – Rain Saturday and Sunday.  Look at the bright side – there’s lots of good bars in which to spend those rainy days!

Wherever you are on the Fourth of July, Surfside Sam hopes you have a great and safe one!

Tropical Storm Blanca Headed For Baja California & Cabo San Lucas

Rain, Wind & Small Craft Advisories In Effect For Mexico Coastline

Tropical Storm Blanca Baja California
The path of Tropical Storm Blanca in Baja California. Source: AccuWeather.com


A hurricane that formed in the Pacific Ocean will weaken into a Tropical Storm but will still be bringing rain, wind and small craft advisories to Mexico’s Baja, California.

On the target area: the popular Southern Californians’ resort town of Cabo San Lucas.

According to AccuWeather.com, Blanca should weaken to a tropical storm prior to making landfall, likely between Cabo San Lucas and Puerto San Carlos, Sunday night or early Monday morning.

These areas suffered widespread damage after Hurricane Odile made landfall across the region last year.

While paling in comparison to Odile at landfall, Blanca will still threaten Baja California Sur with torrential rainfall, dangerous surf and locally damaging winds.

Conditions will deteriorate in a south to north fashion across Baja California Sur Sunday through Monday with some rain even spreading to central parts of Sonora state, near Hermosillo.

Rainfall will generally total 75 to 150 mm (3 to 6 inches) across Baja California Sur, which threatens to cause flash flooding and mudslides.

Extremely dangerous surf and an inundating storm surge will pound the peninsula’s southern tip, south of where Blanca comes onshore. The coastline from Puerto San Carlos to Cabo San Lucas will also face the greatest threat of wind gusts between 65 and 95 kph (40 and 60 mph). Locally higher gusts cannot be ruled.

“The remnants of Blanca will inject another dose of moisture, in the form of showers and thunderstorms into the Southwest U.S. next week,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski,

Along with beneficial rain in some areas, too much rain could fall too fast to cause isolated incidents of flooding.

Super Bowl XLIX Weekend Weather For Top Beaches In The USA

Southern California Has Sunshine And Warm Temperatures, Good For The Redondo Beach 10K

Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K
The sun is to be shining for the Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K in L.A.


If you want to soak up the sun as well as Super Bowl XLIX, then head to the beaches of Southern California.

For that’s where you will find the best beach weather in the USA.

From Santa Barbara to Newport Beach, it’s bright sunshine and temperatures in the low 70s for the weekend. San Diego has a mostly sunny forecast, but usually that means mostly sunny.

In Los Angeles, it’s a perfect beach weekend and the weather for the annual Super Bowl 10K in Redondo Beach – which includes the Michelob Ultra beer garden – is sunny skies and temperatures in the low to mid-70s.

Elsewhere, you’re likely to be warm, but wet.

Most of Florida, in fact, is due to have rain at some point during the weekend. If you want sunny weather in Florida, head to Key West or Fort Meyers. In Key West it will be sunny and upper 70s and Fort Myers is mostly sunny with highs reaching 77 degrees.

The Florida Keys, however, will have rain, from Islamarada to Marathon. There’s rain all the way up the coast – Miami, Ft. Lauderdale – on Saturday and Sunday and arrives in Daytona Beach on Sunday.

The weather will be mostly sunny for the huge Gasparilla Pirate Festival in Tampa on Saturday, but rain will hit on Sunday (so be indoor at a house party or bar for the game!).  A couple of hours to the south, in Ft. Meyers, the weather will be full-on sunny both Saturday and Sunday.And if you’re in Hawaii, well let’s just say find a good tiki bar and have some Mai Tais or other tropical rum drinks. Because outside it will be a mess. Waikiki Beach is having rain both days and thunderstorms are expected in Maui.


Feeling Under The Weather; I Always Feel Like The Weather

Beach Blogger A Product Of His Environment (Which Is Usually Sunny)

Manhattan Beach 6-man
The beach blogger is in a sunny mood on a beach with a beautiful blonde. Photo: Simon Leung


I guess I’m different.

Most people use the team “feeling under the weather” to describe their current health situation.

Me, I’m always feeling LIKE the weather.

When it’s warm and sunny, I’m warm and sunny. When it’s blah outside – like it is now as I write this blog post – then I feel blah. Thankfully, I live in Southern California, where it’s sunny 99% of the time. So this LA December rain will come and go and by the weekend I’ll be roarin’ like usual.

Beyond the weather, I feel same way when I’m out somewhere; if it’s super lively, then I’m super lively. If it’s mellow, then I’m mellow.

This all has to do with the fact that I’m a total product of my environment. My mood adjusts to the situation, not the other way around.

That is, I believe, the way it should be for us beach people. Life’s a beach and we should treat it as such. Beach people should think positive, have a glass-is-half-full kind of attitude.

Sometimes, the beach is best for relaxing and reflecting, for being spiritual with the waves and sunsets. And sometimes it’s a huge beach party, Jimmy Buffett and dancing in the sand.

But oh, not today. Unless the sun comes out again!

Hawaii Weather, Waves Effected By Hurricane Iselle With Julio To Follow

Tropical Storm To Hit Big Island With Another One To Follow

The storm track of Hurricane Iselle as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands.

Like a Mai Tai that’s been left sitting in the sun, Hurricane Iselle will become weak, but it still will pack a punch when it hits Hawaii.

Heavy rain, strong winds and  rough seas will affect all the islands, and will bring big surf during the second half of the second week of August.

However, it’s a second system, tropical storm Julio, that bears watching more closely. While Iselle is expected to become a tropical storm by the time it reaches Hawaii, AccuWeather.com warns that Julio is also churning over the eastern Pacific and is forecast to become a hurricane and track towards the Hawaiian Islands right on the heels of Iselle.

AccuWeather meteorologists believe that this storm will approach the chain of islands late in the weekend or early next week. However, the exact track that it will take remains uncertain.

According to Meteorologist Mark Mancuso, “Julio will be passing over waters churned up and cooled by Iselle, which argues for weakening after initial strengthening.”

It is possible that the impacts of Julio could be greater than those of Iselle, especially if it tracks just to the north of the islands.

However, even as a tropical storm, Iselle will still pack a punch. Heavy rain, gusty winds and building seas and surf will affect the islands during the second half of the week. There is a possibility of isolated incidents of flash flooding, mudslides and damaging wind gusts.

“Tropical storm-force winds will cause at least scattered power failures on the islands, including in the City of Honolulu,” said Mike Smith, Senior Vice President of AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions.

The Big Island of Hawaii will be the first to feel the impacts from Iselle as it is forecast to reach the island by Thursday night, local time. It is expected to take a direct hit from the storm before passing just south of the smaller islands, such as Maui or Oahu. The northern and eastern portions of the islands will likely feel greater effects than the southern and western sides.