Waves! We finally had some waves! It was fun while it lasted, but guess what … there’s more on the way! As we predicted, the best swells thus far have been ones close to home. We thank you Mother Nature for finally sending us some good ol’ nor’easter waves. It wasn’t always pretty, but we had our moments into the late weekend, coupled with a great Jags win that was the icing on the cake. Now we look forward into the near future.
Tropical Storm Ida was named over the weekend, and she is currently spinning 1,000 miles from the Leeward Islands and is expected to meander through the Atlantic over the week. At best, she’ll likely become a sub-tropical low that lingers out to sea. Invest 97L has formed off the mid-Atlantic and is causing some havoc along the Eastern Seaboard currently, which will work into our window throughout the week starting tomorrow. Then, towards the beginning of next week, it should sheer away behind the wind swell and groundswell fronts together for some potentially amazing waves.
We all know it hasn’t been a stellar season for hurricanes in 2015, and to expand a little farther into why this El Nino season has been more significant than the rest, here’s the facts. This has been the first season on record since 1914, to not have a major hurricane until late-September. The culprit has been the consistent and unfavorable wind-shear that has been blowing across our region behind the vapor trails of every record system that has pushed off into the Pacific. No rocket science here, and we’ll take what we can get, but we hope that it paid off for anyone who bought a plane ticket to the West Coast.
Speaking of the “West Coast,” on the other side of Florida, we have a system that could potentially form in the Gulf over the next week, and could be something to keep your eyes on if you have the time to charge. A broad low pressure system will be pushing off the Yucatan in the days to come, and with unfavorable winds, things could get interesting. There is no determination on which way this system could form, but again, systems close to home have produced the best waves this season!
Also, don’t forget about your chance to win $5,000. Take advantage of this upcoming swell and take some really awesome pictures. This could be the best shot you’ll get all season! Visit www.saltlifefoodshack.com/big-wave-challenge for more details.
WIND: NE winds 5-10 in AM increasing to 10-15 in PM
WIND: NE winds 10-15+ all day
WIND: N to NE winds 5-10+ all day
WIND: ENE winds 5-10+ all day
SWELL: E to ENE
WIND: NE winds 5-10+ all day
WIND: NW winds light and variable less than 5 all day