Surf Report


TODAY'S RI SURF REPORT

WAVE HEIGHT

2.3ft

SWELL DIRECTION

SSE156.0°

DOMINANT PERIOD

7.0 Seconds

WIND SPEED

3mph

WIND DIRECTION

SSW200.0°

tides

Next High + 3.1ft @ 11:11am

SURF REPORT SUMMARY

Reporter: Nick H

Updated: 18, August, 2019 @ 10:57

Current Observation

Knee high waves out there on this Sunday morning with winds out of the SW around 8 knots. Waves could pickup to thigh high into the afternoon as tide drops a bit. 

Water Temperature: 68°F 

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SURF OUTLOOK

3-Day Surf Forecast for Rhode Island


MONDAY, AUGUST 19

Minor southerly windswell continues into the morning with surf around knee high tops with winds out of the southwest at 10 knots.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 20

Lingering S + SE windswell mix continues right around shin to knee high with light + variable winds to start the day, eventually going SW in the afternoon.


WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21

Similar sized surf into Wednesday - topping out at knee high with southeast winds.


THURSDAY, AUGUST 22

South west windswell develops overnight - with surf in RI around knee to waist high at best at the better southern exposures. Winds out of the west/southwest.


Surf Forecast Discussion


Weak low pressure is currently moving off NE from the coast of the Carolinas towards the North East, but staying offshore as it moves into the Atlantic. National Hurricane Center (NHC) has the system at a 20% chance at development.

Unfortunately this storm won't mean much for us here in New England. The close proximity and weak strength are not ideal.. but we should still see a quick shot of windswell on Monday evening into Tuesday morning. This is looking small - likely knee to thigh high max, but still ridable on the longer boards.

Small S and SE windswell mix continues into Wednesday morning, topping out at knee high at the beaches in RI.

The next frontal system will move into the region on Wednesday evening, and the front will interact with the Bermuda high and send a shot of SW windswell towards RI into Wednesday evening. Top southern exposures could see surf around thigh to waist high around nightfall, but swell direction will be a major factor here.

SW windswell (5-6' @ 8s) continues into Thursday, and again swell direction will be key for the type of surf we see in RI At the moment it's looking like the swell will start out with more west in the morning - out of the SW at approx 215 degrees. The windswell could shift more south over the course of the day and surf could be fun at southerly facing spots (that have some shleter from SW winds).

Worth keeping an eye on, but not worth planning a day around surfing just yet...

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