Strong Winds & Big Surf

March 8th, 2013 at 3:01 pm by under Weather

We have had some strong winds since this storm system moved offshore.

Wind Gusts Friday Afternoon

We should see that strong Northwest wind decline over the next 24 hours. This will help to reduce the high tides and also the waves that have been causing overwash along Hwy 12 in Rodanthe.

Nags Head Surfline Camera

At the Nags Head pier waves have been a steady 8-10ft all day.

1st St. Jetty

At the Jetty waves have also been a solid 4-6ft for most of the day. If you have a thick enough wetsuit and are hoping to get out there this weekend there might be some surf to be had on Sunday.

Wave Watch III

Wave Watch III is forecasting 4-5 ft waves around Midday on Sunday (VB Oceanfront). Wind should be east at 5-10mph

High Res-Atlantic Model

Wave Heights from this model are similar in the 4-6ft category.

Water Temperatures

Don’t you wish we didn’t need all of the wetsuits and gear? The warmer water isn’t anywhere close to Virginia Beach, but if you are willing to trek to the Outer Banks the temperatures might be closer to the 47 degree mark. Water temperatures at the oceanfront still remain close to 42 degrees.

For the Outer Banks, you can see in the above models the waves are expected to be much higher. Forecasters at Surfline are predicting 10-15 foot waves on Saturday.

If you head out, have fun, stay safe & warm!

Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson

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