The water temps are more correlated to the general weather pattern. When we have offshore flow, that is conducive to cooling water temps. Offshore flow also brings with it colder air temps down from the north and west.
The weather pattern is the reason for lack of waves and not the coastal water temps, which themselves are also related to the weather pattern.
On a larger ocean wide scale, there is definitely evidence that water temperature patterns feedback on to the atmosphere. My masters thesis was on this very topic.
so what does this mean for waves this summer?
Have a look at the Climate Prediction Center's weekly and monthly ENSO disgnostic discussions.
Floods in Australia, Indonesia, and Brazil....freezing cold in the southeast, crazy snow in the northeast and Europe, earthquakes around the world, no surf for the east coast, birds falling from the sky, fish dying in the sea.....mmmmmmmmmmmmm sounds like the end of the world is just around the corner. That's what happens when man messes with mother nature. IT"S ALL BP's FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The answer has nothing to do with meterology and everything to do with geography. It's the East Coast, the most inconsistent surf zone on the planet! Look on Surfline's Global Outlook map powered by LOLA on any given day and you'll see red and purple lighting up most of the world, while the East Coast of the US is almost always dark blue.
@ Jai: Yes, Texas/anywhere along the Gulf Coast is definitely worse, making the East Coast the second most inconsistent surf zone on the planet.
wrong the east coast is always pumping look at wblivesurf.com tomorrow. if your not happy with the east coast then move dont complain about it on a website the waves arnt pretty pathetic you are pathetic. complaining is not going to do anything do something about it, all this cold water bs just stop 3 or 4 degrees is not going to kill you you need a 4.3 anyway just man up and use it.
instead of posting on the forum read a book.