The National Rip Current Team

     In the 1990s, the National Weather Service (NWS) determined that developing a rip current program was critical in meeting its primary mission of protection of life and property from weather and water hazards. According to the U.S Lifesaving Association (USLA), over 80% of all surf related rescues are attributable to rip currents with over 20,000 rip current related rescues and approximately 150 fatalities along U.S beaches in any given year (Lushine, 1991). Therefore, the NWS, USLA, and NOAA SeaGrant partnered to educate and advise the public of these dangerous water hazards as a National Rip Current Team. The NWS, SeaGrant, and the USLA all work together on research and educating the public, but the NWS specifically is involved in forecasting the conditions that support rip current development.

     Above is an image depicting how the USLA, NWS, and Sea Grant work together. 

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