Everything you'll ever need to know!
What could be worse than making a special trip down to one of the Balearic Islands' 352 beaches and discovering when you get there that you can't go in the water for one reason or another? Well the Govern of the Balearics have a handy app for your android or apple smart phone that will solve this problem!
Through their “ Balearic Islands Coastal Observing and Forecasting System” department (SOCIB) which provides the near real time information for the app everyone who wants to enjoy a day in the sea will know exactly what conditions are prevailing.
Here's what the SOCIB boffins say about both the observational data and forecasts;
“The observational data are provided by a wide range of instruments such as oceanographic buoys, tide gauges, weather stations, gliders, research vessels, HF radar, drifters, beach cameras, etc. They allow the user to find out, in near real time, the values of variables such as sea water temperature, wave height/direction, sea level, wind speed/direction, air temperature, air pressure, …. along with images of Balearic beaches.
The forecast is updated daily and provides information about wave height/direction/period, current speed/direction, water temperature and salinity.”
With such a sophisticated level of information, the app is aimed at many more of us than just those who want to dip a toe in the sea. It's ideal for anyone who wants to go sailing, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and diving.
Sounds like a handy app to me and will enable us all to dispense with the 'big toe test' when entering the water with the use of a handy sea temperature chart for each beach.
You can find the info on the World Wide Web or on Apple and Android by searching SOCIB.