THE SURF REPORT
Sun. Mar. 29, 2015 | 8:30 a.m.
Good Morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Sunday, March 29 at 8:30 a.m.
Waves at “The Washout” this morning are knee high, choppy and weak.
Winds are north at 20 to 25 knots, and there is a current running down the beach, north-to-south.
Low tide will be at 10:30 a.m., and high tide will be at 4:42 p.m.
The Edisto buoy is reading 6.2 ft. at 6 secs. in north wind swell, all of which is headed south.
After a good run of waves, we’ve got much smaller surf this morning. We see small to flat surf for today. On Monday, we will see building, choppy, short period south-westerly wind swell average waist high before surf gets small again for your Tuesday.
The NOAA National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast: CONTINENTAL HIGH PRESSURE WILL PREVAIL TODAY…THEN SHIFTS INTO THE ATLANTIC TONIGHT. WEAK COLD FRONTS WILL PUSH INTO THE REGION LATE MONDAY AND AGAIN WEDNESDAY…AND BOTH FRONTS SHOULD DISSIPATE OVER OR CLOSE TO THE AREA. ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD OVER THE REGION THROUGH LATE WEEK.
Water temp is 60*.
It is much cooler on the beach at 41* this morning, expect a nice beach day, with a high of 57* and sunny skies this afternoon.
Sunset is at 7:38 p.m. (last light 8:02 p.m.). Sunrise is at 7:09 a.m. (first light 6:45 a.m.).
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Waves » Knee. Weak wind-chop.
SURF CONDITIONS » Drifty, choppy, windy.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 60°
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TIDES » L: 10:30 a.m. / H: 4:42 p.m.
DANGERS » Upcoming flat spell.
TRAFFIC » Moderately busy.
PARKING » Everywhere, early. Crowded later.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Your Ocean Surf Shop surf forecast for the week of March 23-March 30:
Your National Weather Service Marine weather forecast for the Charleston marine area calls for: “SEVERAL WAVES OF LOW PRESSURE WILL PASS SOUTH OF THE AREA ALONG A STALLED FRONT THEN SHIFT OFFSHORE INTO THE ATLANTIC TODAY AND TONIGHT. AN INLAND WEDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN STRENGTHEN ON MONDAY AS ANOTHER AREA OF LOW PRESSURE SHIFTS OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST. HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN BUILD OVER THE REGION TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.”
Early in your work week, we see serval areas of low pressure drifting right off our coast Monday night into Tuesday. This will create a tight pressure gradient (read: “wind”) just offshore between a high pressure wedge and a low forming just offshore. This low will meander in our swell window long enough Monday and early Tuesday to cause some swell, but the fly in the soup will be lots of north east winds. We see another low follow this path (quickly) on Tuesday, moving off of the Georgia coast. later Tuesday, high pressure takes over as these lows depart east of the marine area, with consistent north-east/east flow as the high settles to our north mid-week, and holds in place through Friday. These combined weather systems should bring more waist-to-chest high surf to Folly, albeit of the drifty/choppy sort early in the work week.
As the high moves to the north, and farther offshore, winds should relax and rotate more easterly, pushing in some bumpy but rideable trade wind swell Wed. – Friday. Swell and wind direction should improve mid-week on, setting Folly Beach up for some fun, if not perfect, spring-time swell. Friday, we see another cold front approach, and south-west winds should pick up and cross up leftover trade-wind swell. The Weekend of March 28/29 looks to be small, so get some during the work week if you can. This should average about waist high, before things get small after a cold front passage Friday evening. The Weekend of March 28/29 looks to be small, so get some during the work week if you can. The water is warming, but still holding steady at 59*. This should bump up to 61* by the end of the week. It does look like we will be surfing in the rain on Monday into Tuesday morning, but weather should stabilize some mid-to-late in the period, with clouds and day-time highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Go surf, because summer doldrums come quick!
-Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop