The LARC continues to survey despite a 15-20 mph sea breeze. They are on the other side of the inlet, and have surveyed a lot. Waves on the ebb tide shoal are directionally beserk. Colliding crests with 90 degs (and more) spread. Small crests, but they combine to make 3′ local peaks. 3-5 sec peak period. Steep, savage little bastards that buck small craft around.
I talked to the LARC driver (he came ashore 75 m upcoast from our house). He says they
* cut a shallow new channel all the way out.
* have 3-4 more hrs work tomorrow to complete the survey
Real time New River wave info can be found at the CDIP web page or at http://cdip.ucsd.edu/
Click on “Recent” and scroll down to New River Inlet NC Buoy. This buoy is in 130 m water depth, directly offshore of the New River Inlet. It was just deployed so there are only a few days of data. Detailed information is found at
The afternoon sea breeze makes 3 sec slop/chop. In addition, the
Marsonborough Inlet Buoy is down by Wilmington and it has more history.
One can see the wave height grow, and period drop, during the afternoon of several days this week/month.
Regional wave/weather forecast is at
A POTENT LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM AND COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM THE WEST THIS WEEKEND.
Sat…S winds 15 to 20 kt…increasing to 20 to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers and thunderstorms.
Here’s a local surf AND WIND forecast…..