Well, it looks like it is going to be a one-two punch, not super knockout blows, but with Depression 1 and now Depression 2 on its way, we could have an alphabetically named storm any time now! It’s not even June yet, and the ocean is starting to fire off a little bit due to some unique conditions settling in.

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Invest 91L stuck around for a day or so, and the “tropical triggers” are creating a tropical upper-tropospheric trough (a TUTT, or a southward dive in the upper-level wind flow). Hence, here comes Bonnie!

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Tropical Depression Two is nearing tropical storm strength as it continues to push northwestward, poised to rain, some wind and choppy surf to some of the beaches of the Carolinas and Georgia this Memorial Day weekend.

Here is the latest on the depression.

Highlights

  • Tropical Depression Two was centered around 225 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina as of Saturday morning.
  • T.D. Two is moving northwest at 14 mph.
  • The depression has a small opportunity to strengthen appreciably before the center nears land sometime Sunday along the South Carolina coast.
  • A tropical storm warning is in effect for the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River to Little River Inlet.
  • Areas of rain, gusty winds, rip currents, some elevated surf and perhaps minor coastal flooding will be the impacts from Two.

It’s not going to be an epic swell producer, but it’s a holiday weekend, and it’s not going to be flat! The weather will be pleasant, a little breezy until Monday, but we’ll see some witching hours of clean waves in-between. Basically fitting into our window like a nor’easter, and we should have waist-to-chest high windswell/groundswell mix through next week! Enjoy your holiday weekend, get out to your local surf shops for all of the great sales, and never lose sight of why we celebrate Memorial Day by saying thank you to all of the men and women that serve and have served to protect our great country! USA, USA, USA! Now go surf!


Saturday

SURF: *1-3ft*
SWELL: E
WIND: ENE winds 5-10 most of the day with gusts up to 15

Sunday

SURF: *2-3ft*
SWELL: E to ENE
WIND: WNW winds 5-10 in AM turning light and variable out of the E to SE in PM

Monday

SURF: *2-3ft*
SWELL: E
WIND: winds light and variable all day less than 5!

Tuesday

SURF: *2-3ft*
SWELL: E
WIND: winds W to NW less than 5 in AM turning E to ENE 5-10 in PM