Wednesday, May 20

Choppy, weak, drifty.

Time of Report: 8:30 a.m.
Wave Forecast: Thigh-to-waist.
Traffic: Not much.
Parking: Plenty.
Dangers: Covid-19. Social distancing.

Good morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report and forecast for Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

The City of Folly Beach is now open. Social distancing rules will be enforced. Please see the City of Folly Beach’s Web Site for more information.

We will be open from 9:15 a.m. until 6 p.m. Please follow social distancing protocols when shopping.

Waves at Folly this morning are thigh-to-waist high in short-period easterly wind chop.  It is weak and choppy.

Winds are east/north-east at 15 knots, and there is a slight drift down the beach, north-to-south.      

Winds are predicted easterly at 5 to 10 knots today, so it could get better form, but surf should remain choppy for your Wednesday, cleaning up some in rain storms.   

Tide just started going out. We have a low tide at 1 p.m., and a high tide will be at 7:25 p.m.

The Edisto Buoy is reading  3.3 feet at 7 seconds in medium period south-east wind swell, ground swell combo. So, there should be some choppy surf to ride today.

Tropical storm Arthur heads west of the Outer Banks today and will head south-west as a tropical depression for the remainder of the week. We see south-east wind swell fill in today and into late week as a deep upper-level low lingers off-shore. This should combine with small long-period ground swell from Tropical Storm Arthur late week. There will be east/south-east winds on it, but at least there should be increasing surf for Thursday and Friday. Surf looks to get smaller late Saturday into Sunday as high pressure sets up for the holiday weekend.

Your NOAA Marine Weather Forecast for our marine area calls for: “Deep low pressure will linger to the northwest through Friday. A ridge of high pressure will build over the area this weekend and persist through much of next week.”

It’s 74 today with clouds this morning. Look for a high of 78 with thunderstorms and some rain all day.

Water temperature is around 75*.  

Sunrise is at 6:16 a.m. and sunset will be at 8:16 p.m.

Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop.

Weekly Wave Forecast

Tropical storm Arthur heads west of the Outer Banks today and will head south-west as a tropical depression for the remainder of the week. We see south-east wind swell fill in today and into late week as a deep upper-level low lingers off-shore. This should combine with small long-period ground swell from Tropical Storm Arthur late week. There will be east/south-east winds on it, but at least there should be increasing surf for Thursday and Friday. Surf looks to get smaller late Saturday into Sunday as high pressure sets up for the holiday weekend.
Your NOAA Marine Weather Forecast for our marine area calls for: “Deep low pressure will linger to the northwest through Friday. A ridge of high pressure will build over the area this weekend and persist through much of next week.”

Good morning, this is Bates with your Ocean Surf Shop surf report and forecast for Wednesday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m.

The City of Folly Beach is now open. Social distancing rules will be enforced. Please see the City of Folly Beach’s Web Site for more information.

We will be open from 9:15 a.m. until 6 p.m. Please follow social distancing protocols when shopping.

Waves at Folly this morning are thigh-to-waist high in short-period easterly wind chop.  It is weak and choppy.

Winds are east/north-east at 15 knots, and there is a slight drift down the beach, north-to-south.      

Winds are predicted easterly at 5 to 10 knots today, so it could get better form, but surf should remain choppy for your Wednesday, cleaning up some in rain storms.   

Tide just started going out. We have a low tide at 1 p.m., and a high tide will be at 7:25 p.m.

The Edisto Buoy is reading  3.3 feet at 7 seconds in medium period south-east wind swell, ground swell combo. So, there should be some choppy surf to ride today.

Tropical storm Arthur heads west of the Outer Banks today and will head south-west as a tropical depression for the remainder of the week. We see south-east wind swell fill in today and into late week as a deep upper-level low lingers off-shore. This should combine with small long-period ground swell from Tropical Storm Arthur late week. There will be east/south-east winds on it, but at least there should be increasing surf for Thursday and Friday. Surf looks to get smaller late Saturday into Sunday as high pressure sets up for the holiday weekend.

Your NOAA Marine Weather Forecast for our marine area calls for: “Deep low pressure will linger to the northwest through Friday. A ridge of high pressure will build over the area this weekend and persist through much of next week.”

It’s 74 today with clouds this morning. Look for a high of 78 with thunderstorms and some rain all day.

Water temperature is around 75*.  

Sunrise is at 6:16 a.m. and sunset will be at 8:16 p.m.

Thanks for checking in with Ocean Surf Shop.

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