Observations of the LARC surveying (from R.T. Guza)

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 Inlet Wave and Weather Info (from R.T. Guza)

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
http://cdip.ucsd.edu/?nav=recent&sub=observed&stn=190&stream=p1&xitem=info

The afternoon sea breeze makes 3 sec slop/chop.   In addition, the

Marsonborough Inlet Buoy is down by Wilmington and it has more history.
http://cdip.ucsd.edu/?nav=recent&sub=observed&stn=150&stream=p1&xitem=info

One can see the wave height grow, and period drop, during the afternoon of several days this week/month.
http://cdip.ucsd.edu/?nav=recent&sub=observed&stn=150&stream=p1&xitem=wwave

Regional wave/weather forecast is at

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?site=ilm&FcstType=text&zmx=&zmy=&map.x=326&map.y=72&site=ILM


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…..
http://www.surf-forecast.com/breaks/Topsail-Island/forecasts/latest/days_2_to_7