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July 17, 2008|By FRANK ROYLANCE

Thomas Sjolander from Abingdon was riding a personal watercraft off Ocean City a few weeks back and was surprised by the water temperature. "It was frigid," he said. Last week it was better, 71 degrees. But then it dropped, suddenly, back into the 60s. "My guess is the wind blew the warm layer off and colder water rose up," he said. Close. Strong winds can churn the water and mix in cold layers from below. More recently, the churning has come from strong swells driven by Tropical Storm Bertha.

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