THE SURF REPORT
Thu. Apr. 24, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.
Good morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Thursday, April 24 at 8:15 a.m.
The ESA Mid-Atlantic Regionals is being held at The Pier this weekend. It starts today. We’ll be having a party for the contestants and their families at the shop on Saturday evening, so come by the shop and check out some of the action at the pier. Longboard heats are going on as we speak.
Surf at Folly this morning is ankle to knee high.
Winds are north-east at 10 to 12 knots, surf is side-shore and semi-choppy. It is very weak.
Low tide will be at 10:25 a.m., and high tide will be at 4:41 p.m. The next low tide will be at 10:55 p.m.
Edisto Buoy is 2.3 ft. at 4 seconds in short period easterly wind swell.
Surf should build a bit this afternoon into the knee to thigh high range in easterly wind chop conditions on the high tide. Look for surf to build thigh/waist high by Friday in south winds swell. Surf does look very small for the weekend, but the weather will be beautiful.
Our National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: “HIGH PRESSURE WILL SHIFT OFF THE COAST TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY. A WEAK COLD FRONT COULD DRIFT IN FROM THE NORTH THIS WEEKEND BEFORE HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS OVER THE AREA THROUGH EARLY NEXT WEEK. A STRONGER COLD FRONT WILL CROSS THE REGION NEXT TUESDAY OR WEDNESDAY.”
Water temperature is around 65*, and on the way up.
It is 66* with bright sunny skies this morning. Look for sun and another beautiful beach day and a high of 75*.
Sunset this evening will be 7:56 p.m. with a last light around 8:22 p.m.
Sunrise Friday morning is 6:37 a.m., with a first light around 6:11 a.m.
Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop.
Waves » Ankle to knee.
SURF CONDITIONS » Weak, on-shore, chop.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 65°
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TIDES » L: 10:25 a.m., H: 4:41 p.m.
DANGERS » None.
TRAFFIC » Moderately busy.
PARKING » Lots of cars at the Rolly Pier.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Your extended surf forecast for early to mid-April, 2014. Issued Tues. April 8 at 9 a.m.
Well, it is finally south wind-swell season, and we are seeing approaching cold fronts push up south-wind swell before moving off-shore, at which time weather cools off and surf gets small. These high pressure systems are still sitting directly over our marine area, or just to the south, but as these cold fronts weaken into mid-April and early May, we should see MY FAVORITE type of swell event at Folly, which is a Bermuda high trade-wind swell. It is usually mid-period south wind swell that comes from high pressure set up off the mid-Atlantic (Bermuda). The clockwise winds of these high pressure systems to our north-and east fetch southerly winds offshore, and bump up some decent surf. I see this happening late in the forecast period (April 15/16) according to NOAA surface weather maps. There is also a hint that an open ocean low could swing around the high. That would add to swell, but will likely have a more northerly angle and add ground swell headed for central Fla. (We will see). That’s a long way out, but let’s keep our fingers crossed for significant surf into the middle of next week.
Meanwhile, we see south swell fade mid-week (Wed. April 9). Surf stays small for your Thursday and Friday (April 10/11), before small, mid-period south swell fills in Saturday and Sunday. The weather will be sweet, and I am thinking that small easterly LONGBOARD style east/south-east swell will trickle in (April 12/13)Saturday into Sunday (thigh/waist) with relatively clean conditions and spring suit weather.
To start the second week of April, we will see south wind swell starting to build, and this trend should continue in Bermuda High trade wind swell for the middle/end-part of the second week of April. A bold prediction, and we will update if this changes.
-Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop