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It's Beach Season in Duluth! Get the Skinny on Park Point Beach Conditions at ParkPointBeach.org

The air temperature may be balmy, but Lake Superior can still be numbing. Such differences in air and water temperature along Park Point in Duluth, Minnesota, are common and are just one reason why Lake Superior beachgoers and recreationalists might want to access near real-time data compiled at www.ParkPointBeach.org before heading to Lake Superior's most popular beach this summer. Potential beachgoers can check on the water and wave conditions at Park Point Beach through Twitter (@ParkPointBeach) and Facebook, where alerts to dangerous conditions are also posted. You can also listen to 103.3 KUMD to hear the Beach Report, Monday through Friday.

The ParkPointBeach.org website offers updates on beach, weather, and water conditions 24/7 through October. The information there includes water temperature, wave height, UV index, rip current risk, weather, and bacteria warnings assembled from the National Weather Service and other organizations. Webcam photographs of the beach are uploaded hourly.

Park Point Beach, a six-mile sand bar, is popular among visitors and residents but it also can be surprising to them once they get there. "Fog and water temperature can be only part of the surprise," said Jesse Schomberg, Coastal Communities and Land Use Extension Educator at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program. "Rip currents can form off of Park Point and occasionally other less-than-ideal beach conditions spring up."

Two people have already died this year because of rip currents in Lake Superior near Upper Michigan's Little Presque Isle. The best way to prevent such incidents is for recreationists to be aware of them. ParkPointBeach.org, which provides rip current alerts, is a product of a water safety collaboration led by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program and funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Collaborators include the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute, the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, and Michigan Sea Grant.

The Minnesota Department of Health, City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, Duluth Fire Department, Duluth National Weather Service Office, the Duluth Y, Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program, Northland Red Cross, and Visit Duluth have contributed to the ParkPointBeach.org website and associated water safety activities. Minnesota Sea Grant is a University of Minnesota and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partnership committed to delivering science-based solutions that address Minnesota's coastal challenges.

Posted on June 28, 2016

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