The Triton

News

Navigation alert: New island appears off North Carolina coast

ADVERTISEMENT

By Jordanna Sheermohamed

The recent geological phenomena off the U.S. East Coast, the appearance of a large sand island known as “Shelly Island,” is testament to the power of our constantly evolving Earth. Located just off the tip of Cape Hatteras, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, this newest addition is a result of its strategic location between converging Atlantic Ocean current systems. The cold and dense polar waters shift southward to meet the northward traveling warmer and lighter Gulf Stream waters in and around the Mid-Atlantic Coast. The continental shelf also narrows around the Mid-Atlantic, with the steep drop-off less than 100 miles from the coastline. Geographically, Cape Hatteras sticks out like a thumb in the middle of this turbulent location, often subject to the tumultuous churning of the sand and sediments.

Strongest currents are indicated by red, while weakest currents are in blue. The Gulf Stream current can easily be seen along the southeast waters, running parallel to the coast, and branching eastward towards Europe around the Mid-Atlantic. GRAPHIC/WEATHER FORECAST SOLUTIONS

Related Posts...
Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed As we near the end Read more...
Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed  As we leave summer behind Read more...
Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed Dewy mornings may conjure up Read more...
Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed With the 2019 hurricane season Read more...
Sea Science: by Jordanna Sheermohamed A lot of what we Read more...

Share This Post

About Jordanna Sheermohamed

Jordanna Sheermohamed is president and lead meteorologist of Weather Forecast Solutions, a private weather-forecasting company (www.WeatherForecastSolutions.com). Comments are welcome at editor@the-triton.com.

View all posts by Jordanna Sheermohamed →

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please answer the question below to leave a comment. * Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Editor’s Picks

From the Bridge: Yachts mix it up with cash, cards, wires, apps

From the Bridge: Yachts mix it up with cash, cards, wires, apps

From the Bridge: by Dorie Cox It’s the same on every boat: Money makes the yacht go ’round. Yet, surprisingly, the way money is …

Next up: Triton Networking with Baglietto

Next up: Triton Networking with Baglietto

Triton Networking is excited to visit the offices of one of our newest advertisers, Italian yacht builder Baglietto, on the third …

Crew’s Mess: Poutine de Poulet

Crew’s Mess: Poutine de Poulet

Crew's Mess: by Capt. John Wampler Oh, November. In the pastoral world of the North, the cord wood has been stacked by the door. Smoke …

Triton Networking with Ronnie’s at UMC

Triton Networking with Ronnie’s at UMC

Just days after the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, more than 200 yacht captains, crew and business professionals gathered for …