Jersey Shore Water Getting Warmer
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Jersey Shore. July 12, 2013
Just in time for the weekend, the ocean water near the Jersey Shore is starting to get warmer.
Josh Kohut is a professor of oceanography at Rutgers. He says after southwest winds caused ocean temperatures to be as much as 15 degrees below normal the past two weeks, the winds have shifted and are now coming from the north.
“That warm water that was pushed offshore is now going to get pushed back towards the beach by the winds, and the cold water that brought up to the beach is actually pushed back down into the deeper parts of the ocean.”
Seaside Park Beach Patrol Captain Joe Gomulka says that’s making it more attractive for beachgoers.
“The water is a little warmer. People will be able to get in a little more. I mean people have been in the water, but they don’t venture out too far or too long. They kind of take a dip and come right out.”
The warmer conditions might not last very long. Southwest winds are expected to return next week and bring colder water back to the shoreline.
Professor Kohut says there is a positive impact of having that colder water from deeper in the ocean coming closer to the coast.
“The fact that we’re nutrients coming up from the dark depths of the ocean to the surface water where they can get hit by sunlight and grow, we can see the effect of some phytoplankton growing, and that enhances the base of the food web.”