The quiet before the storm has set in, but fasten your seatbelt. The weather will start to get interesting after the Jags game on Sunday. We have a double-barreled, low-pressure system that is swinging over the Northeast with another dipping across the Mid-Atlantic that is going to give us our first Nor’easter blast of the fall season! High surf, heavy winds and chunky waves for days. Plus, we have some potential tropical development in the Gulf later next week.

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Further to the south, we’re keeping our eyes peeled to the Gulf in late October. That’s right, a mass of low pressure coming across the Yucatan coupled with a huge mass of high pressure in the Mid-west. This could give way for future development, which is totally out of the norm for this late in the Hurricane Season, but nothing could surprise us at this point with all of the weird weather we’ve had across the country this summer.

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Time to wax ’em up and put your big boy (or girl) suit on! We have a perfect setup for these types of swell in North Florida, and you may want to keep your options open if you have time to charge down past the Cape for some slightly warmer and cleaner conditions at the right place and the right time. Now is the time to get into your local surf shops for all of the best rubber to keep you warm this season, because the suits will be flying off the racks very soon, especially when we get into the holiday shopping season. GO JAGS!

Still got some gas left in your tank for your shot at $5,000? This next swell may produce some sizable surf! There is still time to make your submissions for the biggest documented wave of the season. Visit www.saltlifefoodshack.com/big-wave-challenge for more details.

James Walker


SATURDAY

SURF: 1-2ft
SWELL: ESE
WIND: WNW winds 5-10 in AM turning NNW 10-20 in PM

SUNDAY

SURF: 2-4ft
SWELL: NE
WIND: NE winds 20-25 all day

MONDAY

SURF: 4-6ft
SWELL: ENE
WIND: NE winds 15-20 early then backing off to 10-15 later in day

TUESDAY

SURF: 2-4ft
SWELL: E to ENE
WIND: NE winds 5-10 all day

WEDNESDAY

SURF: 2-4ft
SWELL: NE
WIND: NE winds 10-15 all day