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Rip tides

Roanoke, Virginia
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Rip tides

Noticed a warning posted for STT and St croix. Any rip tide warnings for STJ?

hudson valley
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1. Re: Rip tides

I've got no idea what warnings you've seen, but I don't think rip currents are much of an issue on StJ during periods of typical weather. Waterlemon Cay is infamous for sometimes having a significant current, but it's not a rip current. Have a look here for good info about rip currents:

http://www.ripcurrents.com/

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http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=VIZ001&warncounty=VIC020&firewxzone=VIZ001&local_place1=3%20Miles%20ENE%20Cruz%20Bay%20VI&product1=Hazardous+Weather+Outlook&lat=18.3388&lon=-64.7381#.VtSkDPA8KK0

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Steve - it's a NOAA regional warning for rip tides link is noted above. Not asking if they do happen. Asking if they are happening in STJ.

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Not much rip tide on St John. You'll see a red flag at Trunk if the waves get big enough to warrant a warning. Jumbie can get some waves from time to time.

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5. Re: Rip tides

The advisory wasn't so much that rip currents were happening, as that they were possible as a result of suitable conditions. was for all of the USVI including SJ, so I guess that NOAA agrees that StJ doesn't really get rip currents.

Since rip currents are just water flowing back out from the beach in a localized area it should be fairly obvious that the more water that flows into the beach the more water will be flowing back out. Besides water flowing into the beach the topography needs to be suitable, so in some places you'll never get rip currents, and in others you won't get them on a calm day, but as it gets rougher they'll start forming.

Just one of the many reasons to pay attention to conditions before going out, and to be aware of changing conditions while you're out.

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