THE SURF REPORT
Sat. May. 23, 2015 | 8 a.m.
Good morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report and forecast for Saturday, May 23 at 8:30 a.m.
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Waves at The Washout this morning are knee high in weak north-easterly wind swell.
Winds are north-east at 15 knots, expected to go easterly at 15 to 20 knots later this afternoon.
Tide is coming in, and high tide will be at 12:50 p.m. The next low tide will be at 6:39 p.m.
Edisto Buoy is reading 3.6 ft. at 6 sec. in small, short period north-east wind swell.
Today, we see small choppy wind swell from the north-east. Winds and swell should rotate out of the east this afternoon, and build over-night. We will see a classic Bermuda high pressure-style trade-wind swell develop fun surf Sunday through Friday. There will be some wind on the swell, but the surf should be pretty good this week.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “HIGH PRESSURE WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH NEXT WEEK.”
Water temperature is 78*.
Keep in mind the beach traffic and parking might be difficult this weekend, so try to be patient.
Its 67* and with low humidity and bright sunshine this morning. Expect a high of 76 and prefect beach weather today.
Sunset is at 8:17 p.m. (last light 8:45 p.m.) Sunrise is at 6:15 a.m. (first light 5:46 a.m.)
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Waves » Knee to thigh.
SURF CONDITIONS » Very choppy, weak.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 78°
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TIDES » H: 12:50 p.m. L: 6:39 p.m.
DANGERS » Crowds.
TRAFFIC » Holiday weekend. Will be very heavy.
PARKING » Holiday weekend. Will be hard to find.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Your surf forecast for May, 5 – 2015
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “ ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE WILL PREVAIL TODAY INTO WEDNESDAY AS AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE STARTS TO DEVELOP JUST NORTH OF THE BAHAMAS. THIS LOW WILL SLOWLY DRIFT NORTHWARD ON THURSDAY BEFORE BEGINNING TO PUSH BACK TO THE WEST TOWARD THE SOUTHEAST COAST FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. THE LOW WILL THEN LINGER IN THE VICINITY THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEKEND…AND COULD PERSIST INTO EARLY NEXT WEEK.”
Any old weather media outlet will inform you, we are watching a disturbance that is forecast to form off of the Southeast coast mid-to-late week.
As with most storms that form this time of year, this low is forming on a fading frontal boundary over the Southwest Atlantic, near the Bahamas and Cuba. In other words, it is forming right in our swell window. It’s being fueled with energy from the southern jet stream, which becomes more active on an El Nino period (we are in moderate El Nino pattern, now).
The disturbance could form a sub-tropical or tropical storm by Thursday or Friday (May 7 and 8). It is historically hard to accurately predict the path and intensity of a low this time of year. Water temps in the Gulf Stream currently favor intensification, but not so much closer to shore.
Regardless of prognostication, the low is forecast to send some swell our way as it lingers near the Southeast coast late week and into the weekend. It’s not looking like anything too intense, but certainly some fun waves averaging stomach-to-chest high with moderate to strong north-east winds as a high pressure lingers well to our north during the period and the low stalls over or near our beaches (Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10) creating unsettled weather and potential for surf.
Needless to say, the forecast is looking pretty good for moderate swell in the waist to chest high range from late Wednesday on through Sunday (and possibly even into next week, Monday, May 11).
Get your work done, because there should be plenty of waves mid-to-late week, and into your weekend.