Winter Has Arrived, Surf’s Up!

December 21st, 2012 at 10:41 am by under Weather

Its the shortest day of the year, Sunset will be at 4:52pm which only means we have 9 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. It is also the first official day of winter, and it surly feels like it.

Colder by the Hour

This morning it was 63 degrees at 2am. Now at 10:30am its 45 degrees. Almost a 20 degree drop. We should stay in the mid 40s for the rest of the day thanks to this strong west wind. We should see the wind keep up today with gusts around 35mph. Tonight the gusts will still be near 30mph, but only around 20mph tomorrow. That area of high pressure is going to build in this weekend eventually calming down the wind.

There is a Tidal Flooding threat for the Eastern Shore (Bay Side) this morning and into the early afternoon with the possibility to see moderate to severe tidal flooding.  The tide could be at 5ft (Severe Flood Stage is 4.5ft).

With the wind we are also going to see temperatures drop to the 30s tonight and our wind chills tomorrow will be in the 20s in the morning! Bundle Up! Over the next few days we should stay dry, so no snow for Christmas this year.

If you want to hit the surf today is the day with a lingering swell tomorrow. These offshore winds are a bonus, so if you are gifting anyone a new wetsuit this year, let them open it early cause today is a great day. Just remember to dress appropriately, the water temperature is close to 50 degrees.

4 foot waves today in Virginia Beach. 6ft waves for OBX

The swell will fade quickly tomorrow, so the AM will be the best bet. High Tide occurs today around 2pm. Low Tide tomorrow is at 9:30am, then High at 3pm.

Have Fun, See you out there!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

3 Responses to “Winter Has Arrived, Surf’s Up!”

  1. Marc says:

    Thank you for the update on the surf. Why are you Mets still not blogging about the possible event after Christmas? Its really disturbing because a lot of people will be traveling that day. I hope your not just waiting for the models to agree because by then people could be blind sided by it. Being a Met entails more than just looking a models. You have to read the atmosphere and the science you learned and apply that also. So that is why I don’t know why you haven’t really said anything. If the models keep trending East we could be seeing some wintry weather around here and regardless there will be wintry weather near the region. Any explanation would be greatly appreciated especially if you guys want to keep your credibility. I can remember back in 2004 the day after Christmas was supposed to be cold and clear which was forecast that night and I woke up to snow and ended up with 10 inches on the ground. Don’t let that happen to you. We will see if you post this and give a response.

  2. Kevin says:

    Appreciate the surf reports. Keep em coming.

    1. Jeff Edmondson WAVY says:

      You are welcome.

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