Cooler weather won't help with red tide, but season change could
SUNSET BEACH — It’s late October and the water is still that dark red tide color at some southern Pinellas County beaches.
Like many vacationers this year, Angie Smith and her family were concerned about the red tide.
"I can’t imagine that it would last that much longer just because it's been going on for so long," said daughter Ally Smith.
Luckily it wasn’t as bad as they thought and they’ve been able to enjoy their vacation at Treasure Island Beach.
But everyone can agree that this red tide has lasted a long time. Oceanographers from NOAA say that this algae bloom actually started last October in the Gulf before making its way to shore.
So what will make this toxic algae bloom disappear? NOAA says cold weather really has no impact, but season changes do.