THE SURF REPORT
Sat. Apr. 30, 2016 | 8:30 a.m.
Good Morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report and forecast for Saturday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m.
We have tons of new boards and spring gear in the shop. We have new boards from Rusty, Stewart, Hayden Shapes, Roberts and more. Come by and check it out.
Surf at folly this morning is knee high with a rare bigger set. It is semi-clean and weak at the morning’s low tide, and should get a slight push with the tide, but bring your small wave gear if you want to get wet.
Winds are east/south-east at 5 to 10 knots. Look for winds to increase from the south-east later in the day at 10 knots. Surf should stay semi-clean this morning, be semi-choppy late in the day.
We have a low tide now at 8:35 a.m., and high tide will be at 2:34 p.m. The next low tide at 8:46 p.m.
The Edisto buoy is reading 2 ft. at 10 seconds from the south in long period south-east ground swell.
We see small surf today average knee high with a thigh set possible. Surf zone will likely be semi-choppy as winds come south at 10 to 12 knots late in the day. Surf looks pretty small for the weekend, but we do see maybe a slight increase in south swell for your Sunday and Monday into the waist high range for the longboard. Not much surf in the forecast for the next five days, but the weather is beautiful.
The NOAA National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “A WEAK COLD FRONT WILL DISSIPATE NEAR THE COAST THIS MORNING. LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK TO THE NORTH SUNDAY…BRINGING UNSETTLED CONDITIONS TO THE AREA. A DEVELOPING LOW WILL PASS OVER OR NEAR THE AREA DURING THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK…FOLLOWED BY HIGH PRESSURE BUILDING INTO THE AREA TOWARDS THE END OF THE WEEK.”
Water temperature has reached 72*. It is spring suit weather for sure.
We have perfect beach weather today. It is 72* with bright sunshine this morning. We see a high of 81* with sun all day.
Sunset is at 7:59 p.m. (last light 8:20 p.m.). Sunrise is at 6:34 a.m. (first light 6:08 a.m.).
Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop.
Waves » Knee. Rare beigger.
SURF CONDITIONS » Semi-clean.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 72°
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TIDES » H: 2:34 p.m. / L: 8:46 p.m.
DANGERS » Flat spell.
TRAFFIC » Busy.
PARKING » Gotta' look for it.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Late April 2016 surf forecast
The NOAA National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “A WEAKENING COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH THE AREA LATE TONIGHT INTO FRIDAY…THEN SHIFT OFFSHORE AND DISSIPATE OVER THE WEEKEND. LOW PRESSURE WILL TRACK TO OUR NORTH ON SUNDAY…BRINGING UNSETTLED CONDITIONS TO THE AREA. ATLANTIC HIGH PRESSURE WILL THEN PREVAIL EARLY NEXT WEEK BEFORE A COLD FRONT APPROACHES THE AREA MID WEEK.”
We see small surf today average knee to thigh high with a slightly bigger set to end your work week. Surf zone will likely get choppy as winds come south-west averaging 10 to 15 knots during the latter part of the work week. We see small, fresh north-east wind swell for your weekend averaging knee-to-thigh high and semi-choppy. Monday (May 2) could see an uptick in south wind swell after a low tracks to our north late on Sunday. Surf could reach waist high in choppy conditions late Sunday into Monday, but it will be short-lived, and certainly nothing to write home about.
With the lack of significant wave making systems in the Western Atlantic, we are looking at small, short period south-west wind swell in the forecast through the remainder of April and into the first few days of May.
There is a suggestion in the GFS 16 day run that some sort of sub-tropical low could form near Puerto Rico late in the first week of May. This could produce some waves for the second week of May (May 9-12), but it is a long way out. This could signal the start of our tropical season. This has happened in the past, when we get an early season tropical low before the south-west winds and monsoon season seems to wipe the western Atlantic flat for late June and July. We will keep an eye out on it, and update the forecast next week as conditions warrant.
-Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop.