THE SURF REPORT
Thu. Apr. 17, 2014 | 8:45 a.m.
Good morning, this is Cat with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Thurs. April 17th at 8:30 a.m.
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Surf at Folly this morning is waist with a possible bigger set. It’s drifty and super windblown this morning.
Winds are north at 15 to 18 knots.
High Tide 9:52 a.m. / Low Tide 3:56 p.m.
Edisto Buoy is reading 8.2 ft. at 8 seconds.
It looks like we will be having NE wind for the rest of the weekend but there is swell so we should see some fun sessions in there.
Our National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: HIGH PRESSURE CENTERED WELL NORTH OF THE WATERS WILL PERSIST THROUGH TONIGHT. AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL DEVELOP OVER THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO ON FRIDAY. THIS LOW WILL THEN SLOWLY CROSS FLORIDA AND EVENTUALLY MOVE OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST BY THE LATTER PART OF THE WEEKEND. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BUILD BACK IN EARLY NEXT WEEK.
Water temperature is around 66*.
It’s cold again! 47* this morning with clear skies all day and a high of only 66* hopefully it will hit 70*!
Sunset this evening will be 7:52 p.m. with a last light around 8:17 p.m.
Sunrise Thursday morning is 6:47 a.m., with a first light around 6:20 a.m.
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Waves » thigh to waist
SURF CONDITIONS » Choppy, side-shore.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 66°
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TIDES » H 9:52 AM / L 3:56 PM
DANGERS » none
TRAFFIC » some
PARKING » plently
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Your extended surf forecast for early to mid-April, 2014. Issued Tues. April 8 at 9 a.m.
Well, it is finally south wind-swell season, and we are seeing approaching cold fronts push up south-wind swell before moving off-shore, at which time weather cools off and surf gets small. These high pressure systems are still sitting directly over our marine area, or just to the south, but as these cold fronts weaken into mid-April and early May, we should see MY FAVORITE type of swell event at Folly, which is a Bermuda high trade-wind swell. It is usually mid-period south wind swell that comes from high pressure set up off the mid-Atlantic (Bermuda). The clockwise winds of these high pressure systems to our north-and east fetch southerly winds offshore, and bump up some decent surf. I see this happening late in the forecast period (April 15/16) according to NOAA surface weather maps. There is also a hint that an open ocean low could swing around the high. That would add to swell, but will likely have a more northerly angle and add ground swell headed for central Fla. (We will see). That’s a long way out, but let’s keep our fingers crossed for significant surf into the middle of next week.
Meanwhile, we see south swell fade mid-week (Wed. April 9). Surf stays small for your Thursday and Friday (April 10/11), before small, mid-period south swell fills in Saturday and Sunday. The weather will be sweet, and I am thinking that small easterly LONGBOARD style east/south-east swell will trickle in (April 12/13)Saturday into Sunday (thigh/waist) with relatively clean conditions and spring suit weather.
To start the second week of April, we will see south wind swell starting to build, and this trend should continue in Bermuda High trade wind swell for the middle/end-part of the second week of April. A bold prediction, and we will update if this changes.
-Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop