I was just wondering why is that on the east coast (the gold coast specifically) a southerly wind swell seems to bring warm clear water and a northerly brings cold brown water.
Correct me if im wrong but that seems to be, loosely speaking, the typical water characteristics under those conditions.
Is it just a localised effect of the brisbane river, moreton bay, broadwater, nerang river etc etc to the north?
Any info would be awesome!
Glad you asked NK! Here's an article I wrote on this topic back in 2006.
Thanks man! Very cool! The mystery is solved. I feel a little annoyed as I covered ekman transport in a physical oceanography optional module at university.
We had a recent spell of abnormally low sea surface temps here for this reason.