Warmer summer waters can bring an array of threats to the beaches. With more populations heading to the coast for vacation, more people are susceptible to inclement beach weather conditions. Temperature rises in the ocean can also bring an increase in sea creatures such as jellyfish and sharks, and allows for the growth of bacteria and the spread of infections.
We asked our fans to tell us in a poll which summertime beach threat caused them the most trepidation. Sharks took a significant lead, despite the fact that there is a greater risk of being injured or killed in a boating accident than being attacked by a shark. Rip currents, which are one of the most deadly aspects of the ocean, only took 20 percent of the votes.
The most common beach threats mentioned by the "other" voters were sunburn and skin cancer.
After a period of above-average temperatures dominated most of the Midwest and Northeast during much of April thus far, a complete reversal in the weather pattern is evolving this week.
A new round of thunderstorms will bring the risk of severe weather across parts of Texas and Oklahoma to the lower Mississippi Valley by the middle of the week.
Due to the positive feedback, the National Weather Service has expanded their former, experimental Impact Based Warnings to include the Southern region for the spring of 2015.
As residents are far from over with the recent cold winter across the Great Lakes, Mother Nature will bring the return of snowflakes to the region this week.
Global warming and climate change, two terms that are treated synonymously in most media coverage and casual debate, have been shown to spark different reactions from the American public.
Following strong to locally severe thunderstorms in part of the South Central states at midweek, the risk of violent storms will increase over the region on Friday.
Eastern New England (1991)
Deepening coastal storm: central pressure near 29.00", 55 mph winds and 3.32" of rain at Boston. Portland, ME, had 1.54" of rain in three hours. Two homes in Manchester, NH, partially unroofed. Wind gust to 128 mph on Mt. Washington. Final rain total for Portland was 4.21".
Greensboro, NC (1992)
Rainfall of 3.87".
Afton, VA (1992)
Dense fog caused a 50 vehicle pile up; two people were killed, and dozens were injured.