THE SURF REPORT
Sun. Nov. 23, 2014 | 7 a.m.
Good Morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report for Sunday, Nov. 23.
We have a large selection of women’s, men’s and kids full suits in stock. As well as a lot of booties, gloves and hoods. Be sure stop by while the selection’s good. With this cold snap, it’s time to strap on the booties, and we have waves on the way.
Surf at Folly this morning is waist to chest high and building. There is an occasional bigger set. We expect winds to clock east to south-east by late afternoon at 20 to 25 knots.
Winds are northeast at 15 knots, surf is side-shore, semi-clean and very drifty, with a current, north-to-south down the beach.
High tide is at 8 a.m. this morning, and low tide will be at 2:15 p.m. The next high tide is at 8:07 p.m.
The Edisto buoy is reading 5.2 ft. at 8 secs. in combination short-period east wind swell and south-east swell. Seas should build this afternoon.
We see increasing on-shore winds and swell rotating and building size from the south-east today into the chest-high-plus range. A cold front approaches Monday, and we should see wind swell continue chest high Monday in choppy conditions with strong south-west winds. This swell fades and cleans up Tuesday. Looks like choppy, chunky waves for the first few days of the Thanksgiving work week. We’ll keep you updated.
The National Weather Service Marine Weather Forecast calls for: A WARM FRONT WILL MOVE NORTH THROUGH THE AREA TODAY. A COLD FRONT WILL THEN SHIFT TOWARD THE COAST AND OFFSHORE BY MONDAY NIGHT. THE FRONT WILL MEANDER OFF THE SOUTHEAST COAST INTO EARLY WEDNESDAY…BEFORE AN OFFSHORE LOW PRESSURE PULLS THE FRONT TO THE NORTHEAST AND ALLOWS HIGH PRESSURE TO RETURN INTO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
Water temp is around 58*, but should hit 60* again on Sunday and Monday with the warmer flow off of the ocean.
It is 60* this morning with rain. Expect strong storms w/ thunder possible and a high of 69*.
Sunset is at 5:16 p.m. Sunrise is at 6:56 a.m.
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Waves » Waist to chest. Shoulder sets.
SURF CONDITIONS » Drift, side-shore, bumpy.
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WATER TEMPERATURE » 58°
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TIDES » L: 2:15 p.m. H: 8:07 p.m.
DANGERS » None.
TRAFFIC » None. For now.
PARKING » A few cars at The Washout and Pier.
WEEKLY WAVE FORECAST
Surf forecast for late Nov., 2014
Your National Weather Service Marine Weather forecast calls for: “HIGH PRESSURE WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THE HIGH WILL THEN MOVE OFF THE EAST COAST SATURDAY AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT THAT SHIFTS OVER THE REGION SUNDAY. A COLD FRONT WILL SHIFT THROUGH THE AREA LATE MONDAY…FOLLOWED BY HIGH PRESSURE INTO THE MIDDLE OF NEXT WEEK.”
After a strong cold front plunged into the South-east over the middle-part of the work week, we see flat surf to end the week Friday, Nov. 19. Big changes are in store for your weekend, as strong south-east flow is expected starting Saturday into Sunday this week. Folly loves waves from the south-east.
As high pressure moves off to our north-east and a warm front (south-winds) moves over our area for Sunday. This unsettled weather pattern brings north-east winds on Saturday, when swell starts out small and high angled, but should build some throughout the day into the waist high (plus) range late afternoon on the incoming tide. Sunday sees south-east winds increasing, and waves along with it. We see chest to shoulder high wind-swell/ground swell comb fill in with moderate, increasing on-shore flow. It will be lumpy, choppy, but plenty of swell in the water Sunday (Nov. 23) into Monday (Nov. 24), as a cold front approaches and winds switch to south-west. After the cold front Monday night, some we are calling for continued on-shore flow and leftover swell in the waist to stomach high range as surf drops and cleans up. Swell for middle of nest week depends on the position of the high and what swell might be leftover.
With strong offshore winds predicted on Wed. behind the cold front, it seems the surf might fade out for mid-week (Wed. Nov. 26) into Thanksgiving (Nov. 27). We’ll keep you updated. Meanwhile, stay warm and get some work done. Keep in mind, with the recent cold snap, water temp has dropped to around 58*. With the southerly flow Sunday and Monday, I expect the water to bump up to 60 or 61*. Get some. –Bates Hagood, Ocean Surf Shop