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New Website for Minnesota's Park Point Beachgoers

ParkPointBeach.org is live!

As many have discovered, weather conditions along Lake Superior can be dramatically different than even a mile inland, and no matter how hot the day, the water could be frigid. From now through October, potential beachgoers can access ParkPointBeach.org, a public service website designed to deliver information about current air, water, and safety conditions along Minnesota's busiest Lake Superior beach, a 7-mile sandbar within the City of Duluth also known as Minnesota Point.

ParkPointBeach.org offers easy access to continuously updated water temperature, wave height, UV index, rip current risk, weather, and bacteria warnings for the Lake Superior beaches along Park Point, assembled from the National Weather Service and other organizations. A photograph of the beach is uploaded hourly thanks to Solglimt Bed and Breakfast's webcam.

The University of Minnesota Duluth's radio station, 103.3 KUMD, is broadcasting reports based on ParkPointBeach.org at 10:00 a.m., Monday through Friday during the summer.

The website is a product of a water safety collaboration lead by the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program and funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Collaborators include the University of Minnesota's Natural Resources Research Institute, the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, and Michigan Sea Grant. The collaborators are developing similar websites for two beaches in Lake Michigan.

The Minnesota Department of Health, City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department, Duluth Fire Department, Duluth National Weather Service Office, the Duluth Y, Minnesota's Lake Superior Coastal Program, Northland Red Cross, and Visit Duluth have contributed to the ParkPointBeach.org website and associated water safety activities.

Being able to remain safe around water is an essential skill in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes, major rivers, and Lake Superior. Aside from offering information on current weather and water conditions, ParkPointBeach.org subtly reminds visitors to be aware of sunburn, rip currents, and boisterous waves.

Posted on June 26, 2012


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