Wave Watch: March 26 thru Early April
What a month of surf in the Ocean State! Compared to the rest of the winter, March was (and still is) on fire. The run of Nor’easters has been no joke – producing plenty of surf for the wave starved East Coast while our pals on the west coast have been going through quite the flat spell. The good news is there is no signs of slowing as we prepare for another week of surf as we continue to ease into spring.
Low pressure moves offshore in the southeast Monday and continues to deepen as it approaches Bermuda. The models are predicting the storm will moves slightly north as it continues to strengthen – sticking around for a day or two before weakening and slowly moving northeast and out of our swell window on Thursday. This system will produce some significant ESE swell for the Northeast. Behind this system there may be potential for another low to fill in along the east coast, this one staying just inland of the coast and moving north. This could set up a typical winter time cold front that should produce some fun surf into the weekend (if it actually develops). Lets take a look at what this all means day by day…
Monday, March 26
Minor ESE groundswell starts to fill in in the morning and into the afternoon. Surf in the morning looks to be in the waist high range – likely increasing over the day into the stomach high range by nightfall with occ. bigger sets possible as swell continues to build.
Local winds are a problem for some standouts – blowing out of the NE around 15 – 20 knots and turning slightly more east of the course of the day. Best bet is south facers for the day.
Low: 11 am High: 4:14 pm
Tuesday, March 27
ESE groundswell continues to fill and increase over the day. Tuesday morning looks to be in the chest high range and increase to the shoulder – head high range by the afternoon. Overall should be a really fun day of surf with winds out of the NNE topping out around 10 knots, so good conditions once again for the south facing coast of RI.
Low: 11:53 am High: 5:19 pm
Wednesday, March 28
ESE groundswell continues with more period behind the swell – giving the waves a bit more power and size, looking in the head high range with some sets coming in overhead. Early morning could be really good if you can find a spot that works with the outgoing tide. Local winds appear to be favorable as of right now, being light out of the WSW. This could clean things up for east facing spots while south facers may have a bit of a bump on it as the wind increases later in the day.
High: 5:51am Low: 12:36 pm
Thursday, March 29
Smaller ESE groundswell continues to drop out over the course of the day Thursday with surf in the stomach high range early and decreasing slightly over the course of the day. Should still be really fun at the right spots and better tides. As of right now winds appear to be light in the morning out of the east increasing slightly over the course of the day. Best bet is an early surf before the winds pick up with your log or smaller wave board.
High:6:46 am Low: 1:14 pm
Old ESE swell filters out, maybe some knee slappers left over in the morning for the bigger boards. The next frontal system moves into the region on Friday producing a cold front that could produce some fun (but quick) surf.. still far out so we will keep you updated on this system as it develops. As always keep an eye on our FREE HD surf cam for live conditions here in Narragansett – and call our surf report line at 401-789-7020 for daily updates on the surf and outlook on the forecast.
Wave of the Winter New England contest is still in full gear – so submit clips if you got em!
Stay tuned for a look back at how epic this month was in our March 2018 Swell Recap…coming soon…..