Expect less seaweed at Galveston this summer

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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – Experts say Galveston should experience fewer problems with seaweed this summer compared to last year, when the city found itself nearly buried in the stuff.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that much of the seaweed, which traditionally arrives at the island in April, has been caught in a current that is steering it away from the Texas Gulf Coast. Large amounts of the sargassum have floated toward the Caribbean islands and Mexico’s Yucatán area instead.

Capt. Robert Webster, a researcher at Texas A&M University-Galveston relayed his seaweed prediction and studies Thursday at an annual symposium that is devoted to the seaweed.

So much seaweed landed in Galveston last year that officials were unable remove it from some beaches.

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