It doesn't have to do with the size of the waves, but the ocean current. Because, the swells around here are often associated with strong winds as storms skirt up the coast, there is a lot of current associated with this. This causes the sand to move around and thus the dirty colored water. On the other hand, if we get ground swells with no strong winds along the coast, then the waves show up much clearer.
This is why, in many other areas where ground swells are more prevalent, the waves are much clearer.
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Thread: why does it get brown?
Jan 20, 2008, 03:12 AM
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Jan 20, 2008, 04:44 AM
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Hey guys, I know a lot of the brown water is just from overall east coast pollution when we get storms.However, Have you guys ever seen brown foamy bubble puddles especially during the summer months floating in the water that come off being very warm at times??? Especially if you paddle near them or through them!!! Rumor has it, or what I've heard is that the Ocean City Maryland Public Works has a pipe that pumps so called "filtered" water into the Atlantic after its processed or cleaned....Directly where public works is on 65th st....The strange thing is I've seen these puddles the most between 65th st and 59th st. Again, this might be BS or just a rumor but members from the 62nd st. Longboarders Club told me that's why these warm puddles appear during the summer months because of little swell movement during the summertime and they drift ashore. Is this true or is this just a load of **** the old guys that rule told me as a teenager as a joke??? Either way I've seen these brown puddles only during summer and never during fall winter or spring!
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why does it get brown?
Why do we get chocolate waves anytime there is a serious swell around?