Time to get off the beach?

Folks headed out for a Sunday swim at the Jersey Shore might’ve wanted to turn back pretty quick when faced with this, a seeming tsunami about to crash onto land:

Sea Girt Beach Patrol

Were earthquake professionals so busy watching San Andreas that they missed the looming threat back East? Thankfully not—the towering wall, photographed by the Sea Girt beach patrol, was made only of fog generated by balmy air moving over cool water. The National Weather Service office in Philadelphia/Mount Holly shares this explanation, along with a satellite image of the fog bank’s impressive length:

NWS

Had the ghost tsunami engulfed the coast, the worst that might’ve happened would be difficult driving and people getting goosebumps. One dude on Facebook remembers encountering a similar formation last summer in Ocean City. “Kept rolling in and off the beach,” he says. “Probably a 15 degree temp change with it.”

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A sign outside a storefront in Buffalo, New York.
    Environment

    Will Buffalo Become a Climate Change Haven?

    The Western New York city possesses a distinct mix of weather, geography, and infrastructure that could make it a potential climate haven. But for whom?

  2. photo: A vacant home in Oakland that is about to demolished for an apartment complex.
    Equity

    Fix California's Housing Crisis, Activists Say. But Which One?

    As a controversy over unoccupied homes in the Bay Area and Los Angeles reveals, advocates disagree about what kind of housing should be built, and where.

  3. A photo of a police officer in El Paso, Texas.
    Equity

    What New Research Says About Race and Police Shootings

    Two new studies have revived the long-running debate over how police respond to white criminal suspects versus African Americans.

  4. photo: a high-speed train in Switzerland
    Transportation

    The Case for Portland-to-Vancouver High-Speed Rail

    At the Cascadia Rail Summit outside Seattle, a fledgling scheme to bring high-speed rail from Portland to Vancouver found an enthusiastic reception.

  5. A syringe sits on top of a car. Houses are behind it.
    Life

    The Changing Geography of the Opioid Crisis

    A new study shows that the country faces different opioid challenges in urban and rural areas.

×