I went to the beach for the first time on Saturday and I was shocked how cold the water was! The sand was so hot, we had to run to the water, and once we got there, we were shocked how cold it was. Turns out, this isn’t new! It’s been freezing all Summer and it’s putting a damper on people who like to swim in the ocean.
The ocean temperature in Atlantic City on Friday, during the last week of July, was just about 58 degrees! (I still went in for a dip though). Ha!
The reason: an unusually long stretch of upwelling. That happens when winds push warmer surface water offshore and deeper, colder water rises up to replace it.
“This is kind of an anomaly,” said Dave Werner, a marine sciences teacher at Marine Academy of Technology and Environmental Science in Ocean County and an adjunct professor at Stockton University.
“We typically have upwelling in short segments, maybe two to three days where we get the southwesterly flow,” he said.
The average ocean water temperature for this time of year is about 70 degrees. Experts say parts of the Jersey Shore might finally get to that point again by the end of the weekend.
“What will really bring it back is a stiff northeast wind,” said Eberwine.
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