ABOVE: The experimental beach forecast gathers pertinent information on one page. In the map above, grey, yellow and red signify low, moderate and high risk for rip currents, respectively. Image courtesy National Weather Service.
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This summer, the National Weather Service offers information about North Carolina beaches at a glance.
Go to www.weather.gov/beach and click on umbrella icons along the state’s coast to get detailed updates from NWS offices in Newport/Morehead City, Wilmington and Wakefield in Virginia. Other areas of the nation are included.
“The beachgoer has access to all pertinent beach information on one page — rip current risk, UV index, water temperatures and weather conditions,” says Tom Lonka, an NWS meteorologist in Newport/Morehead City.
NWS offices serving North Carolina also provide daily postings of rip current risk during the beach season. Other information includes general beach safety, boating and lightning information, and common precautions.
These are just a few tips and resources to keep beachgoers safe from rip currents.
More information about rip currents can be found at www.ripcurrents.noaa.gov.
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