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

Updated: April 17, 2015 - Surf forecast for the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast.

***Update on the Palm Beach Midtown Beach renourishment project. Right at Midtown now working down through Charlies. They are expected to finish in a couple weeks (before the end of the month.) Ending at Banyan Rd( 0.6mi south of Charlies)
-The Jupiter/Carlin project is complete.
-The Jupiter Inlet District is still emptying the sand trap in the inlet and dumping it immediately south of the south Jetty.  It is about 50,000 cubic yards of sand and will be finished soon.

REWIND: Swell picked up as forecast through the afternoon on Friday.  Mainly north county northward had the best of it.  Treasure coast saw the cleaner conditions.

ON THE MAPS:  Weak low pressure off the Carolinas will drift ENE and open up/weaken. Closer to home, a weak front will stall in north Florida and wash out. Ahead of the front our wind turns southwest Saturday cleaning up the swell. NE swell is slowly fade the next couple days.  Extra high and low tides the next few days thanks to the new moon on Saturday. So high tides will be drowned out and low tides might be closed out.


SATURDAY: Waist high northern PBC northward, a little bigger Treasure coast.  Light offshore wind in the morning will make it clean and glassy.  Find a high tide spot in the morning and it'll be fun. Wind SW 10kts in the morning turning SE 10-12kts later in the afternoon. Holding onto offshores longer upcoast. Tides: High 8:30am, Low 2:30pm.

SUNDAY: Surf drops a bit.  Knee-thigh high, bigger north, smaller to unrideable south.  Wind turns SE making it choppy and crumbly around noon. Wind SE 10-15kts. 

MONDAY: Leftover swell upcoast. knee maybe still waist high Martin Co northward.  Maybe a little knee high waves till coming in northern half of PBC.  Clean with a S/SW wind 10kts.

Long Ranger Surfcast:  A big low blows up south of Newfoundland.  It'll send a nice swell the Puerto Rico!  Models are hinting that some long period stuff will make it here even though not a lot of fetch is pointed at us.  We saw this at the beginning of the season though so I'm not discounting it.  A lot of times a big low that's far away is like dropping a rock into a puddle, the waves radiate out in all directions.  This would be around the Thursday/Friday (23rd/24th) time frame. I'll keep you updated.  Stay tuned!

Next update: WEDNESDAY

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Teleconnections have not been working well at all this winter, but here's what normally we would look at:

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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