If you remember spring of 2014, you remember scenes like this: 20 foot piles of stinky, smelly Sargassum seaweed! It's a naturally occurring algae which grows in the slow, warm currents of the Sargasso sea -- a portion of the Atlantic Ocean east of Florida -- and commonly drifts on ocean currents toward Texas. While huge mats can grow in some years, during others we see very little.

Sargassum algae seaweed piles up in 20 foot tall stacks, smelling of rotting organics. Some suggest it smells like sewage, rotting in the 90° sunshine.

Yesterday, the season's first episode of Sargassum washed up on area beaches, due to our busy onshore flow. I asked around and found Mike Wurl, a scientist and researcher at Texas A&M Galveston, who examines high resolution satellite imagery to determine if it's nearby and where it's going. Fortunately, the news is good!

There was only a relatively small mat of seaweed (in the yellow circle) but nothing else floating. While this could change later this summer, for now, there's no indication we'll see a repeat of 2014. We can only hope!

Seaweed inside this yellow circle is responsible for the smelly Sargassum that's recently washed up on Galveston and Surfside beaches over the last few days. 

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Meteorologist Brooks Garner