galveston blue!?

Here's how long Galveston's surprising crystal clear water will last

Here's how long Galveston's surprising crystal clear water will last

Galveston blue water beach
Yes, that's blue water in Galveston.  Photo courtesy of ABC13

Local and national visitors can't get enough of Galveston's clear beaches. The water washing ashore is remarkably clearer than on a typical day.

The island usually has chocolate brown water, which experts love to describe as "nutrient rich." It's muddier water coming from Mississippi, San Jacinto, and Trinity Rivers.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, visitors were welcomed with clear beach water. But how? Eyewitness News checked in with marine scientist Tom Linton. He's a professor emeritus as Texas A&M University. He theorized Subtropical Storm Alberto is responsible for the pleasant sight.

"Today, we have water for the tourists. It's clear. It's coming up from the south is what it looks like," says Linton. "It's a very short-lived thing. It won't be too much longer. It will go back to what we marine biologists love, which is nutrient rich water for the fish."

Linton said get down to the island soon if you want to soak up the view. The most up-to-date reports suggest that the water is already beginning to change. 

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