Hot!Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019

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Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019

It appears the sargassum situation continues to improve.  Here's the USF SaWS report for the end of October 2018:
 
the month of Oct 2018 showed a total Sargassum coverage of 323 km2[font="verdana; font-size: 14px; font-weight: normal"] as compared with a historical mean of 103 km2[font="verdana; font-size: 14px; font-weight: normal"] between 2011 and 2017, for the area bounded by 8 - 23°N and 89 - 58°W. Although the bloom decreased rapidly in October, the bloom extent in 2018 is still the highest during 2011-2018 for the Caribbean and the central West Atlantic. 

 

 
Below in the month-over-month data I posted a while ago to give you an even bigger picture ....
 

It's definitely trending in the positive direction.   Still hoping it bottoms out at nothing or close to nothing.   The next couple of reports will tell us a lot where 2019 is heading.

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    dooleyrd
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/11/02 11:24:09 (permalink)
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    That definitely looks promising.  I hope it continues in that pattern.  I look forward to your next couple of reports. :) 
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/11/02 22:14:43 (permalink)
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    Looked pretty bad on the webcam today. We did get an email from LG letting us know a new wave had come in.  Hopefully HMB isn't too bad.  We did survive our trip last time with it the piles of it. Yeah it stunk, but still so pretty against the blue water. 
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/11/03 13:30:33 (permalink)
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    Curious..is the sargassum also heavy in the water?  Like, if you are snorkeling/swimming is it all around you?  Is the odor bad if you are sitting on the beach?
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/11/10 10:50:25 (permalink)
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    is the sargassum also heavy in the water? Like, if you are snorkeling/swimming is it all around you?  Is the odor bad if you are sitting on the beach?

     
    It was in June/July.  Less so to non-existent now.

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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/12/01 08:51:41 (permalink)
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    The end of November 2018 report from USF SaWS is much less optimistic.
     
    https://optics.marine.usf.edu/projects/SaWS/pdf/Sargassum_outlook_2018_bulletin11_USF.pdf
     
    In November 2018, the bloom intensity continued to decrease in the CS, but still comparable to the bloom extent in November 2015.  There is also significant amount of Sargassum abundance in the Central West Atlantic (CWA), which is similar to the situation in November 2017.

    Based on the these observations, we predict that the bloom intensity in the northern CS will continue to decrease in December, while more Sargassum may be transported from the CWA to the eastern CS in the following months.
    Most importantly, the large amount of Sargassum in the CWA represents an alarming signal for 2019, when the CS may experience large amount of Sargassum as early as January (similar to 2018).

     



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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/12/01 17:10:20 (permalink)
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    Almost total lack of it when we were there last week
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/12/02 10:04:49 (permalink)
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    You were lucky crunch.  The past few days have looked awful on the webcam.   And it doesn't look like 2019 will be any better than 2018 at this point.  It may turn out that late October to late November is the best time to avoid it.  Still more data points required to come to any sort of conclusion on this.

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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/12/02 17:24:03 (permalink)
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    Shhhhh. Don't tell!😁
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2018/12/31 12:19:33 (permalink)
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    End of December 2018 report is out.  Not sounding too optimistic. 
     
    In December 2018, the bloom intensity in the Caribbean Sea (CS) continued to decrease slightly from November, but the amount of Sargassum in the Central West Atlantic (CWA) increased slightly from November, which also represented a historical record for the month of November. Following the dominant ocean currents, the CWA Sargassum will be transported to the northeastern Caribbean in the following months. Meanwhile, the southern Caribbean (including coastal waters off Venezuela, Barbados, and Trinidad) may be largely free of Sargassum. While it is too early to predict the bloom situation in spring and summer 2019, if the current CWA condition continues to end of January, it is likely that 2019 may be another major bloom year (similar to 2018) for the CS.


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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2019/02/03 14:01:27 (permalink)
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    Planning to be in Akumal and PDC areas the second week of March 2019.  Can anyone give a report on sea grass conditions for this month or January?  Does anyone know if the new vacuum systems the government began using last year are having any effect and are the machines being deployed in the Riviera Maya area below Cancun and above Tulum?  Thanks all.  
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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2019/02/03 22:14:46 (permalink)
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    End of January 2019 report is out.
     
    In Jan2019, similar blooms as in Jan2018 appeared in the CS and the Central West Atlantic (CWA). In the following months, it is likely that the CWA Sargassum will continue to be transported to the CS through the entire Lesser Antilles islands, especially from Guadeloupe to Trinidad.Indeed, significant Sargassum beaching has been reported in Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Barbados. Sargassum beaching along the SE coast of Florida has also been reported, apparently originated from the Caribbean. While it is too early to predict the bloom situation in summer 2019, if the growth conditions in the Atlantic are favorable in the next months, it is likely that 2019 may be another major bloom year (similar to 2018) for the CS.


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    Re: Sargassum Outlook November 2018 into 2019 2019/02/04 13:06:37 (permalink)
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    We just arrived on Saturday evening...our 8th trip to the area with no intent of not returning, despite some of the more recent challenges.  We're staying in the center of Half Moon Bay, where the sargassum has really piled up on the beach.  Crews are working feverishly to remove some of it, but I'm watching a continuous stream of new stuff entering the unprotected center of the bay.  Fortunately, the north and south edges of the bay, where the reef wall is more of a barrier, are relatively sargassum-free (entering the north side to snorkel was a breeze yesterday).  The water is super-clear and the reef looks as healthy as during the past few years.
     
    Spoke to one of the owners of Turtle Bay yesterday, who confirmed that February is again been designated an off-limits month in Akumal Bay for the commercial snorkel tours...what a welcome relief for the turtles, the bay ecology, and us do-it-yourself snorkelers!
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