Other parts of Florida will feel the effects.
At this time on Monday, we were sure that a huge seaweed blob was gonna cover our beaches and make the Bay smell like the unwashed backside of a beagle for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, there is a new forecast that seems to spare us from that stanky fate. Researchers now say that the mass of brown seaweed, otherwise known as sargassam (giggity), will almost certainly avoid our beaches. It has impacted southwest Florida, however, depositing globs of smelly seaweed on the beaches throughout the region.
The floating seaweed bloom is a natural, yearly event, but the mass is much larger than it’s ever been, measuring about 5,000 miles across. That’s about twice as wide at the entire United States. With the current scurge of red tide in the Bay area, the sargassam would have been a terrible turn of fate for Tampa, especially during spring break, as hundreds of thousands of tourists pour into the region for a week of relaxation on our pristine beaches.
The mass of brown seaweed occurs naturally every year, but this year it’s on a whole new level. Radar images captured its size rcently, with best estimates saying it would span the U.S. twice if placed end-to-end. This size of this year’s gargantuan blob is being credited to a strong supply of nutrients that the seaweed needs to grow and thrive. Light and warm water also help the mass grow, and both have been plentiful this year. While the sargassam is normally a great environment for animals, it can also create issues if it gets too dense. Sargassam can choke the other marine life out of sun and nutrients if it grows to think. The effect on fish and coral could be terrible. But for now, we have been spared.
So, instead of smelly beaches, piled high with piles of rotting sea vegetation, we will have to deal with more manageable, sporadic outbreaks of red tide. Smaller amounts of sargassam are still expected to reach our shores and may be a nuisance, but its effects on us will be minimal. Source: WFLA.com
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5 Cheap Airfare Deals from Tampa for Under $200 Round Trip
It’s not a popular travel season, but if you can take some vacation days, this is a great time of year to score a flight deal. Kids are still in school so leisure travel drops off and the airlines want to fill those empty seats so they know they have to cut prices. Here are 5 cities I love to visit that you can fly round trip right now for $200 or less.
All of these flights I found by searching the dates April 5 through April 12. Midweek flights are often where you’ll find the bargains. Keep in mind too many of these airlines nickel and dime you by charging for things like a carry on bag, picking your seat or having a snack on the plane.
If you can pack light, you’ll save a lot. I found a “personal item” size bag on Amazon for $10 that let me avoid even bringing on a typical carry on size bag for short trips or visits where I can easily get my laundry done. If you’re not one who can travel light, the crazy thing is you’ll often find a check in size piece of luggage is cheaper than a carry on!
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Carrie Underwood: 7 Times She's Shown Her Rock Fandom
Carrie Underwood is one of country music’s biggest stars. However, underneath it all, she clearly has a love for rock.
The singer has shared a stage with one of rock’s most iconic bands and has covered other rock legends. She’s even taken to Twitter to share her love of one heavy band, in particular.
Here’s a look at seven times Carrie Underwood has shown her fandom for rock.
Sean Roberts was conceived in the Corvette Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky by two passionate, panel aligning, third shifters who had grown bored with the same ole same ole. Upon birth, he was placed in the trunk of a new Stingray and sent off to find his destiny.
That destiny included several stints on radio stations across the United States. Some played punk country gospel, while others focused on Croatian death metal played backwards.
After many years and many adventures, Sean wound up on The Shark, where he does shots of tequila while playing the most badass tunes ever created by humankind.
He remains humble, however, never forgetting about the lean years...the street corners and dark alleys where he played songs on his car stereo for food and sex.
He's on top and he's never gonna stop LIVING THE DREAM!