May 24, 2009

Conditions in Jamaica Bay

I paddled in Jamaica Bay with Tony and Walter Friday morning, May 22, 2009. It was my first time back in the Bay since October. Water temperature at the dock was 65°F. In the Bay proper it ranged from 58°F to 61°F. The low tide water levels were some of the lowest Walter, Tony or I have ever seen in the Bay. Upon return from a trip the following day, Phil volunteered that the low tide water levels were also some of the lowest he had ever seen, which perhaps explains why a power boat had run aground and was stranded on a sand bar under the Belt Parkway bridge Friday (photo at right).

A fuller account of Friday's trip has been posted on my blog.

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