Friday, August 24, 2012

8/24/12 Report - Storms, Detecting Conditions, and Beach Rating Scale

Written by the TreasureGuide for the exclusive use of

Friday 8 AM NHC Upate.
The predicted path of Isaac has drifted a little to the West again.   It looks to me like the West coast of Florida will get some good onshore winds and waves next week, and the Panhandle and around the Big Bend and the Apalachicola area will get a lot of waves and high water being piled up.  I expect all of those places to see improved detecting conditions next week. 

Remember that these things are uncertain though.  One computer model still has Isaac landing in Southeast Florida.

Joyce is still predicted to head towards Bermuda.  There is another area to watch coming off of Africa behind Joyce.

On the Treasure Coast, the seas will begin to increase later Friday, building to a peak of about seven feet later Sunday.   A day or two daya ago the peak was predicted for Monday.

The wind will be from the northeast on Saturday and Sunday.  After that the wind will change to come from the South.   From that, I would expect best beach detecting conditions on the Treasure Coast to be Sunday and early Monday. 

On the West Coast of Florida best beach detecting should be after the storm center passes and the wind direction shifts from off-shore to on-shore.  I suspect the southwest winds will cause erosion along much of the lower and central West Coast.

Here is another good web site to check for hurricane and storm maps and information.

If you have been reading this blog for a few years, you know that I publish a Treasure Coast Treasure Beach Detecting Conditions Rating Scale.  There are times when I post it on a regular basis, but lately (actually quite a while) I have not bothered because there were so few changes to report.  Conditions have been consistently poor for so long that I just didn't bother.

My rating scale is a five point scale, where a 1 indicates poor and 5 indicates excellent detecting conditions for finding old shipwreck cobs and coins.   Excellent detecting conditions occur when there is significant erosion to the beach and dunes.

Typically some beaches erode more than others at any given time.   My rating is an average rating for the beaches of the Treasure Coast.

It is important to note that the rating is for finding old shipwreck treasure coins and cobs.  Conditions for finding other items can be quite different.  For example, conditions for finding modern items or iron artifacts can be relatively good while the conditions for finding treasure coins are still poor.

At this point, conditions on the Treasure Coast are still poor, so the rating on my scale is a 1.   I'll update my rating when there is a change in conditions.

There is always some chance of something popping up, even if they odds are very very long.  That is why my scale begins with a 1 instead of a 0.

Tim J. sent in this link to a 35 foot treasure hunting boat equipped with blowers etc. in Sebastian listed for sale on Craig's List for $45900.  Maybe somebody got tired of digging up all that gold.
Here is the link.

Here's hoping for improved detecting conditions.

Happy hunting,