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How to know whether red tide will hit during vacation?

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How to know whether red tide will hit during vacation?

Hello,

We are really looking forward to our Longboat Key vacation starting the third week of April. I read some reviews of the effects of red tide in Siesta Key in January (dead fish, horrible smell, respiratory issues, etc). I am just learning about red tide and getting a bit nervous that we could be really unlucky and it might hit during our stay, forcing us off of the beach. The whole point of this trip is to enjoy the beach so I am hoping that the odds are in our favor. I know that I can check red tide reports daily as we get closer to our trip, but I am wondering if there are any good predictors of red tide that might reassure me that we will be in the clear? Such as: time of year?, patterns of movement?, anything?

Thank you!

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1. Re: How to know whether red tide will hit during vacation?

No, there aren't any ways to predict the weather or red tide.

Don't worry about this..think positive.

~SRQgirl

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2. Re: How to know whether red tide will hit during vacation?

Thank you. About how many days a year are the beaches impacted by red tide?

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3. Re: How to know whether red tide will hit during vacation?

Red tide is not an annual event..it is sporadic. Some years there isn't any at all.

Here is an overview:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_tide

Mote Aquarium has current info.

www.mote.org

You can "google" red tide for more info.

FYI. it has also occurred in New England.

~SRQgirl

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4. Re: How to know whether red tide will hit during vacation?

The red tide in New England does not cause the same stinging eyes and respiratory symptoms.

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