THE SURF REPORT
Sat. Dec. 20, 2014 | 9 a.m.
Good Morning, this is Blue with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Saturday Dec. 20th at 9 a.m.
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Surf at Folly this morning is flat to knee high in semi-choppy conditions. Should see the NE wind swell begin to increase this afternoon in the thigh high plus range before dark.
Winds are northeast at 15 knots.
Low tide will be at 12:25 p.m., and High tide will be at 6:19 pm.
The Edisto buoy is reading 3.9 ft. at 5 secs. in ENE wind swell that’s not filling into our beaches.
Not much surf this morning with outgoing tide, should see a slight increase in the thigh range before dark as the tide comes back in. NE wind swell will build overnight and into Monday in the waist high range with possible bigger sets with a new S/SE wind swell also filling in. We could see stronger chest high wind swell for Weds. along with fresh 20 plus knot S/SW winds. Looks like we should have some ride-able surf for the next several days leading up to Christmas with this unsettled weather pattern, we’ll keep you updated.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: UNSETTLED WEATHER IS EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY AS SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVE OVER THE REGION WHILE HIGH PRESSURE PERSISTS NORTH OF THE WATERS. A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH TUESDAY
NIGHT…THEN SHIFT THROUGH THE AREA ON WEDNESDAY. DRY HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN SETTLE OVER THE SOUTHEAST THROUGH LATE WEEK.
Water temp is holding steady around 55*.
It is 52* and raining this morning. Expect overcast rainy conditions all day with a high of only 56*.
Sunset is at 5:19 p.m. Sunrise is at 7:16 a.m.
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Waves » Flat to knee, building.
SURF CONDITIONS » semi-chopppy.
FUN FACTOR »
WATER TEMPERATURE » 55°
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TIDES » L 12:25 p.m. / H 6:19 p.m.
DANGERS » None.
TRAFFIC » None.
PARKING » plenty
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Your Ocean Surf Shop Mid-December surf forecast calls for:
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast for the Lowcountry calls for: “A STRONG INLAND WEDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL PREVAIL TODAY. THE WEDGE WILL ERODE ON TUESDAY AS ANOTHER AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE REGION FROM THE WEST.”
There is a strong Low off the coast of New England early week creating nor’easter style conditions for states from the mid-Atlantic, north. This cut-off low will bring north swell rolling past Folly’s beaches. The angle of the swell is such that most of the swell will be rolling past to Central (even northern, really) Florida. If you have time this week, go south. The swell should be really good, especially south of the Cape.
We still see waves at Folly early week, with drifty conditions from north to south early week (chest high and drifty with clean faces for Monday, Dec. 8), and some of the high-angled north swell rolling down the beach.
This cleans up and drops in size on Tuesday (Dec. 9), but winds should be more favorable, coming off-shore. Waves will average waist high, with a stomach set and clean. The offshore winds should cause the drift to abate some, and could make for some darn fine longboarding Tuesday and Wednesday (Dec. 10) as north-swell sheds some size.
Later in the week (Dec. 12-14), north-swell will continue for points well south (New Smyrna, Sebastian, Reef Rd., Coco Beach, etc.), but we should see waves in the knee to thigh high range as north-swell starts to fade. Right now, the weekend looks small, but there should be some swell bumping around out there mostly for the longboard as the low departs late week.
-Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop