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    High pressure will drift east through Wednesday. A cold front will cross the area Thursday evening. Strong to possibly severe t-storms are expected along and ahead of the frontal boundary in the afternoon. Seasonally cool/dry high pressure will build from the west Friday, pass overhead Saturday, then move east out into the Atlantic Sunday through Monday.


    TUESDAY: Wind calm to light south in the morning, then SE 7-14 mph late morning through the afternoon with waves 1-1.5′ (occ 2′ at times) in moderate to occ/inc long period (9-occ 10 sec) ENE/E swell.

    WEDNESDAY(10Apr):Wind lightest from the SSWS in the morning, becoming SSE 12-18 mph in the afternoon with waves 1-occ 2′ (+/-0.5′) in close to moderate period (5-9 sec) east mix swell.

    THURSDAY: Wind ramping up from the south 15-23 mph with surf building to 2-2.5′ (+/-0.5′) in close to moderate period (6-7 sec) SE “suck-up” swell. Wind may clock offshore late in the afternoon following progression of the broken line of showers and t-storms (a few potentially severe) pushing rapidly across the coast into the Atlantic north of the Cape.

    FRIDAY: Wind W/WNW 7-14 mph with waves starting out at 1-2′ (+/-0.5′) in moderate period (7-8 sec) lingering SE swell, shedding size and consistency as the day wears on.

    SATURDAY(13Apr): Wind light NW early, then NW/N 6-13 mph with waves dropping down to 1-occ 1.5′ (+/-0.5′) in moderate period (8 sec) mixed easterly swell.



    7-10 DAY WEATHER OUTLOOK (with Hurricane Season Outlook)

    The first 10 days in April will see generally very small surf. Around mid-month, models have been flip-flopping on a strong low spinning up in the north/central Atlantic combining with a strong high pressure ridge building across the sub-tropical Atlantic. If this pans out, we should see an increase in NE/E swell building to 1.5-2.5′ as the Atlantic high-pressure ridge strengthens and lengthens the ENE fetch. CSU’s forecast for an active hurricane season: 2024 Tropical Forecast. Surf temps north of the Cape will slowly climb out of through the mid-to-upper 60’sF through mid-April, finally reaching the “magical” 70F-degree mark (for good!) later in the month … stay tuned!

    “The ocean is a desert with its life underground, and the perfect disguise up above.” America- A Horse with no Name.

    NWS Coastal Waters/Weather Forecast Links

    St. Augustine to Flagler Beach

    NWS Jacksonville Coastal Forecast

    NOAA upgrading nearshore wave prediction.

    Atlantic Ocean Buoy Swell Height (Current and Forecast)
    NOAA’s Florida east coast nearshore buoys: St. Augustine, Fernandina Beach, Canaveral. Further offshore: Canaveral east and western Atlantic buoys.

    7-day St. Augustine buoy sea height forecast (primary swell).

    Florida Coastal Forecast Map (click on zone)

    Marine Page for SE Georgia/NE Florida

    NWPS significant wave height and direction 5-day forecast for Jacksonville to St. Augustine nearshore coastal waters
    Please see the CPC Prognostic Discussion for official forecast discussion.


    This graph illustrates the 14-day forecast for primary swell height and period for the St. Augustine offshore buoy:

    St Augustine buoy 14-day forecast

    This map illustrates sea height contour (in feet) for the near shore Atlantic Ocean east of Florida:

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    This sea height/period map has weather satellite overlay illustrating clouds associated with wave-generating weather systems:
    Here is a good link to monitor open ocean storm systems in the distant Atlantic:
    This surface weather map analyzes weather observations, surface pressure (mb) and fronts in the southeast US:

    Sea surface temps in the GOMEX and western Caribbean Sea.

    To monitor real-time wind speed/direction over and around Florida, here is the surface wind (knots) and sea level pressure (mb) SE US regional map

    Watch this GOES loop for lightning signatures that indicate intense convection.

    Here’s the big picture to monitor for additional tropical systems in the Atlantic basin.


    The NHC Atlantic Tropical Weather Discussion and the tropical western Atlantic satellite loop are good tools to monitor the Atlantic basin for activity. Good links (updated regularly) to excellent private websites with forecast discussions monitoring tropical and non-tropical weather impacting Florida and the eastern US:  Central Florida Hurricane Center and WeatherBELL

    Here is a link to the impact hurricane activity has on our coast: Florida beaches face sand shortage

    El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Discussion

    This section will be periodically evaluated and updated as Pacific Ocean sea temperature’s tele-connection (PNA) with Florida’s weather (and waves) dictates during the fall/winter/spring when the ENSO influences on frontal activity occurs. Here is the link to NOAA’s ENSO website to monitor the current and forecast for potential impacts.
    Here is a useful link to the 7-day loop of sea height in the Atlantic Ocean (global perspective):
    Here are a good link containing offshore (real and virtual) buoy forecasts:
    Here is the link to weather conditions (updated hourly) throughout the state (includes nearshore buoys): http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=FL&prodtype=hourly
    Here is the east coast wind/surface pressure loop to watch for lows forming off the southeast coast of the US: http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display_alt.cgi?a=useast_slp
    This is the loop of primary swell heights in the western Atlantic: http://www.stormsurfing.com/cgi/display.cgi?a=eus_swell and a closer look at the southeast US: http://magicseaweed.com/msw-surf-charts2.php?chart=21&res=750&type=swell&starttime
    Here is a link with eastern seaboard buoy readings (current and forecasted) all grouped together for your viewing pleasure: http://www.stormsurf.com/page2/links/hatsrprt.shtml
    Here is the link to all of the nearshore buoys surrounding Florida to monitor wave height, wind speed/direction, and barometric pressure: http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/maps/Florida.shtml
    Link to phenomenal wave heights measured on offshore buoys: huge open-ocean waves
    What may lurk beneath our toes in the surf? Great White shark Katherine’s traveled along Florida’s east coast last winter.  Here is the link to OCEARCH’s shark tracking page:  http://www.ocearch.org/#SharkTracker
    Last (but not least), here is a drone footage of tow-in session @ Nazare
    Questions, comments, cat-calls, kumquats and kudos (keep’em coming).