Tropical Update? In January? Why yes … surprise, surprise! Just as we had an early start to last year’s hurricane season that petered along with only one major event, we now have our first named Atlantic storm in January since 1938. Hurricane Alex is currently pushing through the Azores over the next 24 hours with sustained winds of 75 to 85 mph and roughly 900 miles east of Portugal. A rare weather anomaly that could signal a short-lived ending to what has been a whacky El Nino season in hopes that we finally have a decent hurricane “Surfing” season in 2016!
Hurricane Alex poses no threat to the U.S., as he will fizzle off into the Atlantic over the next couple of days, I’m sure the Atlantic Isles and Europe could score some good surf, but it is way too far off to send anything our way. Closer to home, we’ve had another good run of background swell after our last system rolled through, and we have another small system blazing through as we speak. This will give us a little suck-up, one-hit-wonder swell late into today and early tomorrow. Once the winds beat it down, it will be ridable the rest of the day, but will go into a lull for a few days until our next burst of Nor’easter comes along in the middle of next week!
This week is Surf Expo week! Those that are lucky enough to back door into the show will get a sneak peak at all of the great gear coming up for the spring and summer season. Our local buyers from the surf shops will also be coming home with some fresh quivers of new shapes that are usually snagged from the displays at the Expo. The next couple of weeks are a good time to snag a new stick for the season. Let’s give a big good luck wish to our two-time Shaping Champion Mike Whisnant who is planing away for another title today at the show.
WIND: S to SE winds 10-15 in the AM turning WSW 5-10+ in PM
WIND: W to WSW light and variable all day at 5+
SWELL: ESE to ENE
WIND: NE winds 5-10+ most of the day turning NW 5-10 in PM
WIND: NW winds 10-15 with gusts up to 20