Surf Report


TODAY'S RI SURF REPORT

WAVE HEIGHT

7.9ft

SWELL DIRECTION

ESE106.0°

DOMINANT PERIOD

11.0 Seconds

WIND SPEED

16mph

WIND DIRECTION

NNE20.0°

tides

Next Low - -0.1ft @ 11:48am

SURF REPORT SUMMARY

Reporter: Nick H

Updated: 03, April, 2020 @ 09:20

Current Observation

East swell filled in overnight thanks to a nearby Nor'easter and we're seeing waist high surf out there this morning, bigger sets coming through at south facing spots. Strong winds out of the north at 15 - 20 knots - gusting up to 40 knots!

Interesting note: we see this Nor'easter develop just as the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) transitioned into a negative phase... sign of things to come over the next several weeks??

FYI - We are open daily from 10-5 for curbside pickup. If you need a suit, booties, wax, whatever give us a call and we can help get you dialed. Plenty of surf on tap for the weekend

Water Temperature is 43°F - Hooded 5/4 wetsuit, 7mm booties, 5 - 7mm gloves

Odoo image and text block

VIEW LIVE CONDITIONS AT THE BEACH

SURF CAM

SURF OUTLOOK

3-Day Surf Forecast for Rhode Island

SATURDAY, APRIL 4

4-5 feet / NE winds

Low pressure continues to spin just off the coast of New England, actually retrograding a bit (moving in the opposite of usual direction) which keeps the system pumping swell towards the East Coast. Solid East swell builds into Saturday morning with surf around chest high with potential for head high to overhead sets at standouts. Should be a very good day of surf for much of the Rhode Island coast (provided that the swell direction has enough south!). Windy conditions continue, blowing out of the northeast at 15-20 knots, so east facers may be a bit of a challenge. Low tide around 11:15

BELOW: Satellite grab from Friday showing the size of our coastal low...



SUNDAY, APRIL 5

3-4 feet / Light WSW winds

Easterly swell continues into Sunday morning, dropping a bit into the stomach to chest high range with bigger sets here and there. Should still be plenty of fun at the right spots. Winds switch overnight, lightly blowing out of the SW in the morning and picking up into the afternoon.


MONDAY, APRIL 6

2-4 feet / WNW winds

East swell continues into Monday, dropping further in size but still a fun waist to stomach high wave in the water. Winds remain light out of the NW for most of the morning, bending a bit more west into the afternoon.


FURTHER OUT

High pressure pushes in early next week and limits any additional swell development for a bit. Keeping an eye on another potential low pressure system developing late in the week, though not looking it is going to be a major swell producer.

Interesting note: The North Atlantic Oscillation is shifting into a negative phase. This typical indicates increased storm activity for New England, so we should see an active (wet) start to Spring over the next several weeks...

USEFUL LINKS

NOAA Surface Analysis

This NOAA tool illustrates surface pressure (mb), storm systems and fronts over the East Coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

Wind / Wave Analysis

This NOAA sea height map has weather satellite overlay illustrating clouds associated with wave-generating weather systems.

Windy weather

One of the most well rounded and visually appealing weather maps  including wind, waves, pressure, fronts, and more!

National Hurricane Center

Keep an eye on potential hurricane formation with this 5-day outlook for tropical development.