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    Water temp

    Hey guys,

    I know most of you have noticed that the reported temperature is not consistent with surf temperature. It's always been off.. I'm assuming the reported temperature is gathered from the offshore buoy 44009. I know for a fact that the surf temperature is much colder. We took thermo readings on assateague national side this weekend and got 58 on Saturday, 58 on Sunday, and 59 on Monday.

    Id like to see a more accurate reading. What can be done? Or how can we get a more accurate reading in the surf area? Most of us don't need to know the offshore buoy..

    Any thoughts? Not sure if this has already been a thread..

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    I hear ya!
    Up until August, I just make sure I backpack everything... 3/2, spring, boots, gloves. Sometimes even a squid lid... You never know. The Ocean sure is taking her sweet time warming up for us.

    Only thing is to take a local reading, but last week the chalkboard by the guard said 60F but it was 55 or colder.

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    I've been working on this very problem... Unfortunately the only way to get a true reading is to touch the water your self... To get the man power to report this for every location is not fees-able. I am currently experimenting with a Satellite dataset that reports the water temp on a 24 hour basis.. There looks to be some discrepencies with this data as well, but it should be better then what is being used now. The surf zone water temps are so variable, that it is truly a challenge.

    Currently, the water temp is being pulled from either a nearby coastal buoy or a global ocean temp data set. Obviously, pulling from a buoy well off the coast is not good...

    The new data is still being test, and will likely go live early next week.

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    jeez, I trunked it for at least an hour on both sunday and monday at AINP. it was cold, but i didn't realize it hadnt cracked 60 yet. i was just trying to punk my buddy. actually i had to pee, and didn't feel like suiting up for it.

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    .....there could be some temporary upwelling of cooler already, but its still too early to tell how warm the water will get. I'm thinking a hot summer, with warm water, and sooner rather than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sterling View Post
    Hey guys,

    I know most of you have noticed that the reported temperature is not consistent with surf temperature. It's always been off.. I'm assuming the reported temperature is gathered from the offshore buoy 44009. I know for a fact that the surf temperature is much colder. We took thermo readings on assateague national side this weekend and got 58 on Saturday, 58 on Sunday, and 59 on Monday.

    Id like to see a more accurate reading. What can be done? Or how can we get a more accurate reading in the surf area? Most of us don't need to know the offshore buoy..

    Any thoughts? Not sure if this has already been a thread..
    I rely on the OC Inlet buoy and go back to the last incoming tide. I figure six hours of water rushing into OC inlet right past that station is a reasonable estimate of nearshore water temps.

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    would it make sense to base it off this website

    http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/wtg12.html

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    okay good cause i felt like a ***** when i was in "70 degree" water and i had a wetsuit on.

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    You have to learn the upwelling winds for your beaches and when those winds are blowing, the water is going to be a lot colder. I surfed bareback in LB a couple mornings ago and by the afternoon with the southy winds the water was way colder.

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    Been trunking it in vb for the past couple weeks. Feels great. Called my buddy who was down in Corolla earlier in the week and he said it was freezing down there. Didn't make sense to me since it's only about an hour away and it's to the south. Can someone explain this to me?