Rip Current Awareness Week

By Meteorologist Mike Skurko

With many people starting to have the beaches on their mind, the National Weather Service has made this week Rip Current Awareness Week.  Rip currents are defined strong narrow currents moving away from shore.  According to NOAA, strong rip currents can attain speeds of 5 mph.  While this speed seems slow, this is faster than an Olympic swimmer can sprint.  NOAA also says that, on average, more people die every year from rip currents than from shark attacks or lightning.

Below is a link that provides tons of information regarding rip currents.  Topics include the science of how rip currents form, how to identify them, techniques to get out of a rip current, and other interactive materials.

Rip Currents: Break The Grip of The Rip

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