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  1. #1
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    why does it get brown?

    Why do we get chocolate waves anytime there is a serious swell around?

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    Thumbs up wow

    ITs all the sands and **** floating around in the water. Big waves cause the bottom to get turned and the water gets dirty.

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    Makes sense because in the summer most of the time the water gets cleaner (green) because of the lack of swells. However, when one pops up, back to square one. Because of the consistent activity in the fall/winter, it gets ****ier. Stop pollution and maybe we'll have water like FL all year round!!!

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    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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    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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    Let's not forget. . .

    . . . that the lighting has a good bit to do with it as well. A lower sun angle in the winter tends to give a grayer cast to pretty much everything. . . including my beard. It has a lot to do with the refraction angle of the low sun on the water. Partly the same reason the southern tropics seem so much more blue and crystaline- higher sun angle.

    I like to think of dark green water as rich in plankton- and therefore healthy for the sea critters. Summer water has many more touristas doing their business and dumping things in the water, ergo, much LESS healthy for both sea critters and we who play in it.

    The effluent pipes are located at 46th and 62nd. Look for the manhole cover up near the end of 46th street, that's the line that goes 2 miles offshore. I was up there one day when a diver was going down into the outfall pipe to check its integrity- a regular inspection from what they told me. It's underground until it gets way offshore, and I believe the effluent is in a terciary condition. Not raw by any means. All that poop's gotta go somewhere- better two miles out than in the bay behind the city. By the way, seafoam is a natural occurance, it just looks really dirty.
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    i dont know about you guys
    but i love waking up to light offshores the morning after its been blowing hard NE for 3 days
    and its like 6 foot and perfect brown barrels
    its my favorite swell ever
    i wish it happened more often =[

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    Brown Juice!!

    NJ I know what you mean!!, but I have to admit that the thought of crystal clear tropical barrels someplace warm are always going to be little bit more appealing.........

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    a ground swell, when there is little coastal wind activity can create very clear green waves in this area. In new jersey especially, I've seen some emerald green waves.

    It also has a bit to do with the break. If its more of a shore break, then the surf is going to create more sand action in the surf zone. If the surf is breaking further away from the beach, then its more likely to be clearer water.

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    This was Monmouth Beach about a year back during the winter months...

    Greenish water!