THE SURF REPORT
Thu. Jan. 29, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.
Good Morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8:30 a.m.
The Ice Box Open waiting period starts this weekend. Jan. 31st through March 8th. Right now, it’s not looking like we will have suitable waves for Saturday or Sunday, but you should still get signed up now, there are limited slots available!
All winter apparel is now marked down 20 to 30% off. We still have a lot of nice winter inventory, so stop by and check it out.
Surf at Folly this morning is flat to knee high. Could be a bit bigger as the tide comes in, but pretty flat overall.
Winds are north/north-west at 5 to 8 knots, early. Surf zone is clean and textured, but waves are unrideable.
Low tide is at 9:32 a.m., and high tide will be at 3:39 pm.
The Edisto buoy is reading 3.3 ft. at 8 secs. in medium period east wind swell. There is too much angle in this swell to make it into Folly, but points south in Florida and Puerto Rico should be getting some waves today.
Surf looks flat today with north winds keeping the surf zone pretty clean. We should see small, high angled, side-shore north-east wind chop for Saturday in the thigh high range. We have a coastal trough forming off-shore on Sunday night, and this should kick up a few waves to start the work week before high pressure creates off-shore winds late day Monday and blows the surf flat.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “HIGH PRESSURE WILL PUSH OFFSHORE TODAY IN ADVANCE OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. THE COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY HIGH PRESSURE THROUGH SATURDAY. A WEAK COASTAL TROUGH WILL DEVELOP SUNDAY AND LIFT NORTH AHEAD OF ANOTHER COLD FRONT PASSING OVER THE AREA MONDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN RETURN TO THE REGION TUESDAY AND GRADUALLY DRIFT INTO THE ATLANTIC BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.
Water temp is around 51*.
It is cold and sunny. It is 40* this morning. Look for a high of 55* this afternoon and sun.
Sunset is at 5:49 p.m. Sunrise is at 7:17 a.m.
Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop.
Waves » Ankle to knee.
SURF CONDITIONS » Clean.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 51°
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TIDES » L: 9:32 a.m. / H: 3:39 pm.
DANGERS » None.
TRAFFIC » None.
PARKING » Everywhere.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Jan. 29, 2015: “You NWS Marine Weather forecast for our area calls for: “HIGH PRESSURE WILL PUSH OFFSHORE TODAY IN ADVANCE OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT. THE COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA LATE TONIGHT AND WILL BE FOLLOWED BY HIGH PRESSURE THROUGH SATURDAY. A WEAK COASTAL TROUGH WILL DEVELOP SUNDAY AND LIFT NORTH AHEAD OF ANOTHER COLD FRONT PASSING OVER THE AREA MONDAY. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN RETURN TO THE REGION TUESDAY AND GRADUALLY DRIFT INTO THE ATLANTIC BY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.”
It is looking like we won’t be seeing enough surf to hold the Ice Box Open this weekend (Jan. 31 – Feb. 1). As is usually the pattern in mid-January and February, we tend to get waves as cold fronts approach, and winds blow strong from the south. After frontal passages, we get a quick clean up as winds trend offshore. Behind these cold fronts, wind usually trend north as high-pressure moves off-shore to our south. This is much the case this week as high pressure has kept our waves small with cold north-winds blowing some swell down to south Fla. and Puerto Rico. We see strong north/north-east winds for Saturday, and this could push up some high angled north-east swell in the thigh/waist high range with clean conditions and lots of drift with a side-shore wind. Surf goes flat for Sunday (Feb. 1), but we see a coastal trough develop offshore on Sunday afternoon/night as a cold front approaches. This should create south wind swell for Monday. This swell will be short-lived as winds become westerly, strong off-shore as a cold front moves off the coast, and winds blow down the short-period wind swell. High pressure holds in place through the middle of next week (Feb. 3-5) and surf looks small. Still waiting to call the ICE BOX OPEN. Get some. -Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop.