THE SURF REPORT
Wed. Aug. 20, 2014 | 3:15
Good afternoon, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Wednesday, June 20 at 3:15 p.m.
We have new Stewart longboards and WRV shorboards in the shop. Come check them out.
Waves at Folly this afternoon are ankle to knee high, with a thigh high set it is weak wind swell.
Winds are from the south/south-west at 10 to 12 knots, and surf is semi-choppy.
High tide will be at 5:03 p.m.
Edisto Buoy is reading 3.3 ft. at 6 seconds in short period south-west wind swell.
Bring your long board or extra fat fish for your afternoon surf session. There are two disturbances in the tropical Atlantic today. One looks to head into the GOMEX next week, and if the other low pressure systems is to develop, any swell from the storm would be approx. 8 to 10 days out. We will keep you updated on that forecast.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN SOUTHEAST OF THE REGION AND A TROUGH OF LOW PRESSURE WILL PREVAIL INLAND THROUGH FRIDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL ADVANCE THROUGH THE AREA THIS WEEKEND…THEN HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD FROM THE NORTH INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.”
It is 75* with clear skies, expect a high of 91* and a 40% chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
Sunset is at 8 p.m. with a last light around 8:25 p.m.
Sunrise is at 6:47 a.m. with a first light right around 6:17 a.m.
Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop!
Waves » Ankle to knee. Rare bigger.
SURF CONDITIONS » Choppy.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 85°
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TIDES » H: 5:03 p.m.
DANGERS » Jelly fish, and some sharks according to Erik Kirby, who saw a 6 ft. bull shark in the surf zone on Tuesday afternoon.
TRAFFIC » Moderately busy.
PARKING » Cars at the pier for the Surfer's Healing event.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Local conditions looking favorable for Tropical Storm Bertha swell
As of Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 Your National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for:”A STATIONARY FRONT WILL LINGER NEAR THE SOUTHEAST COAST THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK…STEERING TROPICAL CYCLONE BERTHA OUT TO SEA…AND ALSO BRINGING UNSETTLED WEATHER TO THE AREA. A PIEDMONT TROUGH WILL THEN PREVAIL THROUGH LATE NEXT WEEK.”
Our big story early week is Tropical Storm Bertha, which is taking a southerly track through the Caribbean Islands. This will inhibit the storms swell train before the eye of Bertha moves north and west of Puerto Rico on Sunday, at which time Bertha should be able to start pushing some swell in the direction of South-eastern beaches. Local conditions look very good to receive a ground swell, as we have a stationary front in the vicinity with relatively calm winds and soaking rains through Tuesday, when the bulk of the long-period ground swell will push in.
We see short-to-medium period south-east wind swell building as the tide drops out late day Sunday, and this trend continues Monday, with building surf during the day of the short/medium period variety. The bulk of ground swell should show on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. with winds remaining fairly calm for the period, or swirling around in T-storms.
The swell from Bertha will not be huge, but it should be fun. Likely averaging Chest to head high during the best parts of Tuesday’s ground swell. Plenty of surf to help sate the appetite of the summer wave starved South Carolina surfer.
Look for medium period south longboard swell to continue as surf fades late Wed. into late week. Should be a pretty darn good work week of surf.
All of you office managers and crew foreman out there please ignore this surf forecast.
-Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop