Palm Beach Surf Forecast, Updated local surf forecast for SE Florida

Updated: April 19, 2014 - Detailed Surf forecast for the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast:

Rewind:  Swell started pumpin in Thursday with head high sets at spots.  Winds turned offshore Saturday and swell continued.  Reports of fun chest high surf north county northward. 

Weather Synopsis: Low pressure rolled off the coast of Jacksonville and is setting up a nice fetch of wind in our swell window, right in the 'nook'.  The proximity of the low will keep winds offshore for another couple days, Just briefly coming onshore Monday afternoon.  Also with the low being so close, and the fetch being so deep... the swell should have a pretty good punch to it.  Swell will fill in Monday through the day with the incoming tide from the morning on.  Swell will peak late Monday when the wind is onshore.  As the low moves out into the Atlantic it will weaken and allow our winds to weaken considerably too.  By Tuesday morning we will still have plenty of NE groundswell coming in with light offshore winds making conditions ideal.  Since the low will stay in our window and slowly weaken, we should keep swell in the forecast, just gradually getting smaller each day. Later in the week we will pick up more of an onshore flow.

The Low Down

Water Temps:  Lake Worth: 76, Sebastian 74.

SUNDAY: Offshore wind in the morning with leftover waist high NE groundswell.  Swell will fade throughout the day. Wind should stay NW 10-15kts all day keeping it clean.

MONDAY:  NE groundswell from the low in the nook peaks but so does the wind.  Starting with offshore NW winds and chest high plus surf.  Building with the incoming tide to Shoulder-head high. Wind will turn NNE 20kts mid-late morning blowing it out and making quite a drift. Swell peaks just before sunset head high plus. Find a place to block the north wind and it could be fun late in the day but the morning will be cleanest. Low tide early with incoming tide through the morning.

TUESDAY:  Winds calm down quickly overnight Monday and will go light offshore Tuesday morning. Surf drops a bit but cleans up a lot.  We still should have some fun size though at chest-shoulder high, dropping some through the day.  Looking like some good quality at least.   Wind will come onshore around noon, but should stay on the light side. Low tide early with incoming tide through the morning.

WEDNESDAY: Calm winds and glassy conditions in the morning. Swell fades more but still a waist high wave coming in, especially upcoast.  Wind turns light onshore in the afternoon. 

THURSDAY:  Swell only slowly fades, knee-waist high and clean in the morning. Wind picks up onshore east 15kts chopping it up through the rest of the day.

FRIDAY: Knee-thigh high choppy windswell. Wind ESE 15kts.

LOOKING AHEAD, LONG RANGE FORECAST:  Right now not much on the horizon but the NAO is forecast to tank negative which could set us up for another big may Swell.  We usually have one last big swell of the season in May before it shuts down for the summer. 

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Next update Wednesday April 23rd.


NAO:  (We're looking for it to be negative in the winter)

The Arctic Oscillation: (looking for negative in the winter)

The PNA (we are looking for this to be POSITIVE in the winter)


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James Wieland
Surf Forecaster
News Channel 5
West Palm Beach/
Treasure Coast

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