THE SURF REPORT
Sat. Feb. 6, 2016 | 8:30 a.m.
Good morning. This is Blue with your Ocean Surf Shop morning surf report and daily
forecast for Sat. Feb. 6th at 8:30 a.m.
Ice Box Open contest will NOT run this weekend, we still have three weekends in Feb. and the first couple of weekends in March for a stronger swell. Entry forms are at the shop, get signed up early there is a limited number of slots.
Waves at The Washout this morning are knee high and mostly clean, there are a few inconsistent thigh high weak sets.
Winds are N at 10 to 15 knots, forecast to become NNE at 10 to 20 knots by this afternoon.
Low tide will be at 12:09 p.m. High tide will be at 6:07 p.m.
The Edisto Buoy is still reading 5.9 ft. at 10 sec. in medium period NNE windswell that isn’t making into Folly.
We’ve got small clean drifty surf this morning in the knee to thigh range, pretty weak surf overall with all the north angle in the swell. Look for the swell to slowly rotate easterly late Sun. into Mon. with potential for waist to chest high surf. As always we’ll keep you posted.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: HIGH PRESSURE TO THE NORTH WILL GIVE WAY TO A COASTAL TROUGH THAT DEVELOPS OFFSHORE AND STRENGTHENS TODAY. LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK NORTH AND DEEPEN OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY….THEN WILL MOVE AWAY TOWARD THE NORTHEAST SUNDAY NIGHT. A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA MONDAY. THEN…A DEEP TROUGH WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.
Water temp. is 54*.
It’s 44* and overcast this morning, expect a high of 54 with cloudy skies and a 70% chance of rain this afternoon.
Sunset will be at 5:58 p.m. (with last light around 6:23 p.m.), and sunrise it at 7:08 a.m. (First light around 6:42 a.m.)
Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop.
Waves » knee a.m., thigh p.m.
SURF CONDITIONS » mostly clean/drifty
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 54°
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TIDES » L12:09 p.m. / H 6:07
DANGERS » traffic
TRAFFIC » Folly Gras/Center street closed
PARKING » minimal
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
The Ice Box Open will be held one weekend DAY in February.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast for late January calls for: “A COLD FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE AREA THIS MORNING…BEFORE STALLING OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT. LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK NORTHEAST ALONG THE OFFSHORE STATIONARY FRONT THURSDAY AND WILL PULL AWAY FROM THE REGION THURSDAY NIGHT. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD OVER THE REGION FRIDAY AND WILL PREVAIL THROUGH TUESDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE AREA DURING THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.”
This time of winter we usually see swell from “Suck Up” south winds. South wind blows as strong cold fronts approach, and waves build ahead of the front, then clean up and drop rapidly as cold north winds blow the swell down. This El Nino has been particularly strong, and the strong southern jet is occasionally bringing low pressure across the Southern states and into the Atlantic, often directly across our marine area. These lows often bomb out to our east and north, sending short swell to our beaches before the lows race north-east. This eventually sends high angle north swell to Fla. and south (into the Caribbean). Thursday’s (Jan. 28) swell sets up a similar scenario. As a frontal boundary stalls offshore and a low tracks along its boundary, look for increasing south winds off of our beaches, and cold north-winds blowing against the swell. The high angle of the wind should create some drifty, clean surf for Thursday (Jan. 28). Fading fast on Friday, and as high pressure sets up (Sat.) Jan 30, we should see lazy easterly wind swell for your weekend averaging thigh high, with winds trending moderate from the south. During the middle of the first week of Feb., we see another “suck up” south wind swell as another cold front approaches. (Tues. Feb 2/Wed. Feb. 3). Then surf falls off again late in the work week for the first weekend of Feb. We’ll keep you updated.