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

Posted: 8:53 AM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2019-01-19 04:46:27Z

UPDATED: JANUARY 18, 2019 — Surf forecast for the Palm Beaches and Treasure Coast

REWIND: Last of the swell looked fun upcoast Friday. Stayed clean to clean-ish pretty much all day.

Wind turns southeast and picks up over the weekend. not looking like there's enough time to build in windchop but might be worth checking before sunset. Cold front Blasts through Sunday morning. Wind turns west and NW and picks up to 20-30+kts. This would give a good chance for a refraction swell Monday, however with the high moving quickly east and the winds turning onshore by noon Monday, it's not a perfect set-up so there's a chance it won't happen. If it does the timing is a little off, bringing the best of it after 2am. I'll stick with a medium chance for refraction swell building overnight Sunday into Monday morning. Winds quickly come onshore and windchop will pick up for a couple days (Tuesday-Wednesday) before the next front moves through early Thursday.


SATURDAY: Swell dies possible small SE windchop picking up. Wind SE to South 10-20kts.
SUNDAY: Flat. VERY windy as the front pushes through in the morning. Wind SW turning NW 20-30kts.
MONDAY: Possibly refraction swell in the morning then turning onshore by noon. I give it a medium chance. size chest high but fading by time the sun comes up. Wind NW turning NE 15-20kts.
TUESDAY: Building windchop. Smaller in the morning then building to waist high+. Wind east 15-20kts.
WEDNESDAY: Waist- stomach+ high windchop. Wind SE 20kts
THURSDAY: Wind turns more south and stays up so south windchop continues. Wind may turn offshore midday so there may be a sweet spot of time with offshores and cleaning up south windswell before going flat late in the day.

Crazy active weather pattern continues. Next cold front now pushed back to late Thursday/early Friday. Could bring some refraction chances but not all that big. Parent low now doesn't look like it'll push offshore so groundswell chances diminished. Yet another front quickly blasts through Saturday and it has more NW push behind it that will give better refraction chances. Still looking like this pattern continuing through the end of the month. Early indications have this pattern hanging tough even through February!

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James Wieland is a Storm Team 5 meteorologist. When he's not working or updating his Web Wave Blog, James can be spotted on a surfboard, riding the waves up and down South Florida's coastline.

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