Rising Ocean Temps Give Beachgoers Warm Feelings

first_imgOcean City lifeguards Kevin McClintock, left, and Doug Schmitt are getting ready to close out their summer season on the beach. By Tim KellyCome on in! The water’s fine!Or perhaps more accurately, we should say it’s warm.Over the last two weeks and before that since roughly mid-August, the ocean temperature in Ocean City has ranged between the mid to high 70s and actually topped 80 degrees several times just before Hurricane Florence’s effects moved into the area. The warming trend continued this week as rough surf from the storm and mild water temps helped draw surfers and swimmers into the ocean. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will have lifeguards on duty at a limited number of beaches through this weekend to close out the summer season.“We used to call September ‘Locals Summer,’” said Mark Jamieson, Beach Patrol chief. “The city does a great job putting events together for the September weekends, and the word has gotten out. Not only do you have more locals out and about, but you also see more visitors around town.”Emily and David Sadd, of Pittsburgh, are taking a September vacation at the shore for the second straight year.Emily and David Sadd, of Pittsburgh, rented a house for the week and were enjoying the beach with their five kids on Tuesday afternoon. The official water temperature was 75 degrees.“It’s so warm, you can jump in there and stay underwater all day,” David Sadd said. “It was like this last September, too.”Emily Sadd, who said the family’s tradition of coming to America’s Greatest Family Resort dates back at least four decades, is a huge fan of September at the shore.“There aren’t lines to stand in and there’s plenty of parking. And the pace is just slower,” she said. “It’s easier to relax.”Crowds of sunbathers and swimmers enjoy the beach off Brighton Place.Our unscientific survey of folks squeezing out the last bit of summer showed the Sadds are not alone.A surfer, who asked to be identified as “Weapon X,” said it was “a lot more fun” to surf “bareback (sans wetsuit) and stay out there for a long time.”“How long is this (warm ocean) going to continue?” asked a 40-something man, emerging from the surf.  “I’m supposed to be in work today. That’s not the problem. The problem is, I don’t want to go back.”Answering that question is difficult to say. But basically, it has nothing to do with global warming or climate change, and has everything to do with the summer heat, humidity and most of all, wind direction. “This is really the norm around here for this time of year,” said lifeguard Doug Schmitt, of Havertown, Pa., a 36-year veteran of the OCBP. He was on duty at Brighton Place Beach, one of the few remaining guarded beaches for the last week of the season.Lt. Ronald Kark, on ATV, talks with fellow lifeguard Doug Schmitt.When the weather gets hot and the water temperature warms to its normal August temperatures, Schmitt said the winds decide if the water will cool or stay warm. An onshore or sea breeze will retain the warm temperatures, an offshore or land breeze will cause the ocean temperature to drop. The opposite is true of the air temperature, according to Schmitt’s partner, Kevin McClintock, of Linwood, a five-year OCBP veteran. It wasn’t unusual during the recent heatwave for McClintock and Schmitt to be wearing sweats in the lifeguard chair because of the sea breeze, while just a few feet away, people were sweltering. “With an offshore wind, the water stays warm and the air is cooler,” McClintock explained. “An onshore wind, the air is warmer and the water cooler.” Lt. Ronald Kark of the OCBP said from a directional standpoint, winds from the west are the cooling ones for the ocean, and this year those were absent for almost three weeks, leading up to the first signs of Hurricane Florence.  “My theory is because there were no sustained westerly winds for such a prolonged period, some of the warmer waters of the Gulfstream found their way here,” Kark said.The surf is a little rough, but the water termperature is in the comfortable 70s.All the lifeguards agreed the waters off the Ocean City beaches do not generally cool until October, when the westerly winds typically arrive for three or four days at a time, which can drop the temperature fairly rapidly.None of the guards or bathers said they ever remembered a time when the ocean temperature topped 80 degrees. “Some of the more active swimmers and surfers like it a bit cooler. They are being active, and like the ocean to cool them off.  Some say they don’t like it this warm,” Jamieson said. Also to be considered is upwelling, the oceanic process of wind-driven churning of deeper, cooler water into the waters closer to the beach. All of these factors come into play in determining the ocean temperature at any given time or location.“It’s a huge, moving body of water,” Jamieson said. “Pinning down an exact temperature isn’t easy. You could go out there and stick a thermometer in the water and because of wind, currents, depth of the water and many other factors, you could get a completely different number than the ‘official’ one,” he said.Also, the posted Ocean City water temperature usually comes from the website data of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Jamieson said, which is taken from buoys off Atlantic City, and not locally. Regardless of the scientific explanations and theories, those on the beach Wednesday were simply happy to reap the benefits of swimming in an ocean that just feels warmer than during most times of the year.Friends Karen Andronici, left, and Alyce Tyburczy, both retired educators, make it a tradition to vacation at the beach in September.Retired educators Karen Andronici and Alyce Tyburczy, from Medford Lakes and Mount Laurel, respectively, have been vacationing in September for more than 10 years.Andronici, a former school administrator, said, “The teachers have seen enough of me by the time school starts, so that was how I began taking vacation at this time of year.”Since then, the two friends have been coming to Ocean City, and that always means going into the ocean.“It’s warm. It’s walk-right-in warm,” Tyburczy said. “We’re always here in September, and we’re always in the water.”“I went in up to my waist and had my headphones on. I enjoyed the ocean and my music,” Andronici said. Sisters Susan Campbell, Kellie Davis and Jamie Davis and Kellie’s daughter, Brynn, from Wilmington, Del., and Lancaster, Pa., were visiting Ocean City for the first time. “It’s amazing here,” Campbell said. “We were in the water for three hours. I put Brynn on my back and we were double-decker diving. We were (body surfing). It was truly a day at the beach.”Jamie Davis chimed in: “I went in, too … to empty my bladder. Maybe that’s why it felt warm.”From left, Susan Campbell, Kellie Davis, Jamie Davis and Brynn Buchannon are first-time visitors to Ocean City.last_img read more

Change at head of GPA

first_imgThe former Kildare star has served as the players’ association’s secretary since 2013. Earley will replace Dessie Farrell, who stepped down last year after 13 years at the head of the association.last_img

Beagle 2 Still Lost, But Beagle 1 Found

first_imgExplorers have found partial remains of Darwin’s lost ship, the HMS Beagle, in a swamp near Kent, reports BBC News (see also Science Now).  The ill-fated Beagle 2 on Mars, however, may take another 168 years to find.  And it has no water to float in; results from the twin Mars Exploration Rovers are inconclusive about the presence of water on the red planet.Let’s hope the Charlie’s boat doesn’t become a religious shrine (see 02/13/2004 entry).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

Report: Man City 2 Southampton 1

first_imgManchester City 2 Southampton 1: Sterling snatches last-gasp winner Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 06:03 11/30/17 raheem sterling - cropped Getty Images Raheem Sterling’s brilliant goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time gave Manchester City a last-gasp win over Southampton. Manchester City restored their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League thanks to a goal in the dying seconds by Raheem Sterling that sealed a dramatic 2-1 home win over Southampton.A Kevin De Bruyne free-kick, diverted into his own net by Virgil van Dijk, had looked likely to be enough to give Pep Guardiola’s side a 12th league win in a row until Oriol Romeu snatched an equaliser 15 minutes from time.But Sterling curled home a sublime winner as the game crept into the sixth minute of injury time to maintain the hosts’ charge towards the title. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player City battled back from a goal down to beat Huddersfield Town last time out, Sterling also scoring the winner in that clash, and they could easily have found themselves behind in the first half at the Etihad Stadium against a Saints side buoyed by their 4-1 win over Everton.Wesley Hoedt and Maya Yoshida missed clear opportunities to punish the home side for a sloppy opening period, with goalkeeper Fraser Forster equal to anything City were able to produce.That was until the 47th minute, when De Bruyne’s goal-bound delivery was deflected in at the near post by Van Dijk, allowing the home fans to breathe a little more easily.The home side failed to add to the goal and were punished in the closing stages by Romeu’s clinical finish, but Sterling struck to deny Saints a valuable point and frustrate title rivals Manchester United, who had looked set to make up ground on City.40 – Man City’s haul of 40 points from their first 14 Premier League games this season is the joint-best tally ever at this stage of a top-flight campaign (also Tottenham in 1960/61 – 3 pts for a win). Momentum. pic.twitter.com/iX3cpGq7aC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 29, 2017A surprisingly slack start from City should have been punished 14 minutes in, with Hoedt only able to head against the crossbar from inside the six-yard box after Ryan Bertrand’s corner was flicked on by Yoshida.City broke swiftly and twice tested Forster, with Sterling and Gabriel Jesus denied by the England international, who then made a flying stop to claw away a Fernandinho effort after Mario Lemina was dispossessed in his own half.Ilkay Gundogan then missed City’s best chance of the half, scuffing a half-volley into the turf and behind for a goal kick after Forster had saved from Sergio Aguero, but the home side continued to look subdued and Yoshida missed a clear opportunity to punish them before the break, prodding an effort over the bar from point-blank range after Van Dijk’s downward header.Saints were made to rue those misses in the first two minutes of the second half. De Bruyne whipped in a low free-kick from the left of the penalty area and the ball was turned into his own net by Van Dijk, who was under pressure from Aguero.We’ve scored in the second half of every @premierleague game so far this season   #mancity pic.twitter.com/xJtP6rM7kU — Manchester City (@ManCity) November 29, 2017 Jesus was then thwarted by Forster when through one-on-one and the Saints keeper made a flying save to keep out a De Bruyne strike from 25 yards out, with City apparently keen to press their advantage and kill off any hope of a comeback from the visitors.Aguero missed a free header from another De Bruyne delivery before Van Dijk spurned the chance to equalise, nodding another dangerous corner over the crossbar from six yards out.However, just as the game looked to be getting away from the visitors, they snatched their equaliser. A deep cross from Bertrand was controlled expertly by substitute Sofiane Boufal and, when he picked out Romeu from the byline, the midfielder made no mistake in smashing high past Ederson.City poured forward and their pressure told seconds after the allotted five minutes of injury time, Sterling collecting De Bruyne’s pass and bending a stunning strike into the top-left corner from the edge of the area to deal a blow to United and the chasing pack in the title race.Key Opta Stats:- Manchester City’s winning run in the Premier League is now at 12 games – the only two teams to go on a longer winning run within a single Premier League season are Chelsea (13 in 2016-17) and Arsenal (13 in 2001-02).- Southampton have picked up just one point from their last seven Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium.- Since his Premier League debut for Manchester City in September 2015, Kevin De Bruyne has had a hand in 51 goals in the competition (17 goals, 34 assists), more than any other midfielder in that time.- Raheem Sterling has scored the winning goal in the 84th minute or later in four different competitive games for Manchester City this season, including in each of their last three games.- Sterling has been directly involved in 12 goals in his last 13 competitive appearances for Manchester City (10 goals, two assists).  read morelast_img read more

New Board for Cornwall Regional Hospital

first_img The efforts of the management and staff have reduced complaints Story Highlights Minister of Health has appointed a new 13-member Board for the Cornwall Regional Hospital The staff and management of the hospital have been performing excellent service Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, has appointed a new 13-member Board for the Cornwall Regional Hospital, chaired by Communications Consultant, Calvin Brown.“I believe, from all indications, that this will be an excellent management committee that will work in concert with the Regional Board. The Health Services Act is very clear about the role and function of a hospital management committee,” the Minister said.Dr. Ferguson was speaking at a contract signing ceremony for the expansion of the Haemodialysis Unit at the hospital on August 2, at the offices of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), in Montego Bay.“Very soon I will be meeting with members of the hospital management committees across the Regions, so that persons can be clear about their role and functions,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, who is also Member of Parliament for West Central St. James, said the staff and management of the hospital have been performing excellent service for the people of the region.“Cornwall Regional Hospital is a very important institution, not just only here in Mount Salem, and St. James, but the entire region. I congratulate you on your performance, and for doing your job diligently. I visit patients here very often, and I must commend you on the service, the cleanliness, and the efficiency of the hospital,” she told them.For his part, Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, said the efforts of the management and staff have reduced the complaints of clients who had experienced dissatisfaction at the institution.He lauded them for the way in which the Cornwall Regional Hospital has been delivering service to the citizens of the West.“There was a time when we normally get a myriad of complaints, but those complaints have trended down. Your commitment is unwavering and we will continue to assist you in the process,” the Mayor said.last_img read more