THE SURF REPORT
Thu. Jul. 31, 2014 | 3 P.M.
Good afternoon, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Thurs., July 31 at 3 p.m.
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PICTURES AND VIDEO ARE FROM MORNING. IT IS TOO RAINY TO TAKE PICTURES THIS AFTERNOON.
Waves at Folly this afternoon are knee to thigh high, with occasional waist high sets.
Winds are east at a steady 15 to 20 knots. Surf is very choppy and drifty. It is blown out as of report time.
Low tide will be at 5:22 p.m. The day’s next high tide is at 11:24 p.m.,
Edisto Buoy is 3.9 ft. at 4 seconds in short period easterly wind swell.
We expect choppy, drifty waist high surf as the tide comes in tonight, with frequent rain showers.
Rideable surf should hold Saturday in small south-easterly trade wind swell. Still keeping a close watch on Invest 93L, this system shows a favorable track for sending us some swell next week. We will keep an eye on that forecast.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “A COASTAL TROUGH WILL SETTLE OVER THE AREA AND THEN PERSIST THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.”
We have a high of 84 and drenching rain on-and-off at the beach.
Sunset is at 8:19 p.m. with a last light at 8:45 p.m.
Sunrise Thurs. morning is at 6:33 a.m. with a first light at 6:05 a.m.
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Waves » Knee to thigh. Occ. larger.
SURF CONDITIONS » Choppy, drifty. Blown-out.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 84°
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TIDES » L: 5:22 p.m. / H: 1:24 p.m.
DANGERS » Anticipation of real swell.
TRAFFIC » Moderate.
PARKING » Still plenty, since it is raining at the beach.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Our NWS Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “ AN ATLANTIC RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL REMAIN SOUTH OF THE AREA TODAY (Sun. July 27)…THEN GIVE WAY TO A STRONG COLD FRONT THAT WILL APPROACH FROM THE NW AND CROSS THE REGION LATE MONDAY. THE FRONT WILL BECOME STATIONARY SOUTH AND SOUTHEAST OF THE AREA THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF THE WEEK…THEN SLOWLY MOVE BACK TOWARDS THE SOUTHEAST COAST AS A COASTAL TROUGH LATE IN THE WEEK AND INTO THE FIRST PART OF THE WEEKEND.”
For your work week of July 28, we expect south wind swell to increase ahead of this approaching cold front. Waves should average stomach high on Monday and Choppy. It should be rideable south wind swell, but nothing to write home about. This cleans up and drops on Tuesday morning for high tide. Surf looks small for mid-to-late week right now, but there will be a stalled frontal boundary offshore. A low will develop along this frontal boundary, but it is forecast to drift back as a coastal trough, so it is not forecast to form into a tropical entity as of forecast time. Keep an eye on it. Right now we expect small easterly wind swell for Wed.-Fri. Not much expected, but less muggy weather.
There are, however, a few vigorous tropical waves of note coming off the coast of Africa:
There is one of particular interest…
The National Hurricane Center is calling for: “A tropical wave is located about 420 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands.The associated shower activity is limited and disorganized, and development should be slow to occur over the next couple of days. By the middle of this week, however, environmental conditions are expected to become conducive for gradual development over the central tropical Atlantic as the system moves westward at 10 to 15 mph.
* Formation chance through 48 hours…low…near 0 percent.
* Formation chance through 5 days…medium…40 percent.
Check NOAA water vapor loop over the tropical Atlantic here: