Washington beaches http://kplu.org en Why the water at Washington's beaches is so cold http://kplu.org/post/why-water-washingtons-beaches-so-cold <p>Nevermind the predictable weather for this weekend (cloudy mornings, sunshine breaking through, temps in the 70's) -- KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass wants to talk about a strange phenomenon along the Washington coast.</p><p>The water temperatures on any of our coastal beaches -- along the Olympic coast, at Ocean Shores, Westport or Long Beach -- is typically in the 40s or low 50s, says Mass, a professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Washington.</p><p>That's cold.</p><p>But, if you could take a boat 20 miles off-shore, and jump in the water there, you'd find it much warmer.</p> Fri, 14 Sep 2012 16:13:16 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 6336 at http://kplu.org Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades http://kplu.org/post/washington-beaches-mostly-safe-3-get-failing-grades <p>Thinking of heading for the beach this weekend?&nbsp; You’re mostly safe.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:09:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6170 at http://kplu.org Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades Things you'll find from the Japanese tsunami on NW beaches http://kplu.org/post/things-youll-find-japanese-tsunami-nw-beaches <p>If you visit a Northwest ocean beach this summer, you&rsquo;ll likely run across objects from last year&rsquo;s Japanese tsunami.</p><p>The things you&rsquo;ll likely see include milk jugs, detergent bottles, tooth brushes and bottles for water, pop or juices with Japanese stamps, marks and labels. Perhaps a soccer ball or a volleyball -- two that washed up on an Alaskan island have been<a href="http://www.king5.com/news/quake/Japanese-teen-identifies-soccer-ball-lost-in-tsunami-found-in-Alaska-148507725.html"> claimed by their Japanese owners</a>.</p><p>The things you are highly unlikely to see are human remains, refrigerators or anything else that would have to be sealed to float or can come apart, like bigger parts of houses. Months on the ocean will breakup anything with parts, experts say.</p><p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:18:26 +0000 Joshua Kinne & Jake Ellison 4839 at http://kplu.org Things you'll find from the Japanese tsunami on NW beaches