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    Howling NW Winds?

    So we've been having some great swell the past few weeks in my area, and I'm very thankful, but lately theres been HEAPING wind every time I've gone since October...I normally wouldn't be bothered by this if it weren't cold, but the last few times I've been out there were 20-30+ mph nw winds that practically ripped my face off, and it goes right through the suit too. Today theres a prediction for 20+ mph nw wind and the surf is solid right now but I'm so turned off by the wind chill factor. Same thing for this sunday, 20-25 mph nw winds. Been the same annoying wind pattern for like 10 sessions in a row for me, although yesterday I lucked out when the wind shifted to light sw with nearly DOH surf late afternoon. Other than that, pretty frustrated..anyone else experiencing this? Yesterday my friend said it helped to put vaseline on your face or something..

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    After the summer, and all of the sea-breeze-trashed onshore sessions that come with spring and summer, I'll take any and all offshores gladly. 10, 20, 25 it really doesn't matter to me..above 25 is frustrating...yesterday got close to the offshores getting out of hand. (from the looks - i wasnt surfing) And as far as temps go, at least on the Delmarva we havent had any really cold sessions yet....water is still above 45 and the air temps for just about every session have been 40-45 or warmer..not even close to vaseline conditions yet, and i'm not sure putting any kind of slippery substance on your face before surfing steep critical late-drop waves is a great idea.
    Last edited by mitchell; Dec 28, 2012 at 05:33 PM.

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    True. Seems like the winds been whipping no matter which direction its been in lately. Last Saturday it was dumping straight offshore but 30+ mph. Really hard to catch anything. Rather have that then crazy onshores like yesterdaythough. Luckily It was 35-45 gale force cross/onshores then it randomly shifted straight offshore at around 10 mph late afternoon. The buoys were at 20 feet so me and a friend paddled out. Probably the most epic session I've had all year, but it was a REALLY heavy swell. Just a lot of water moving around out there..scary haha

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    Howling NWest winds means 1 thing- Jet blue to PR baby!!!

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    Because you know whats coming... cold and flat as far as the eye can see...

    Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 39F with a windchill as low as 23F. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 20%.
    Tuesday Night
    Clear with a chance of snow. Fog overnight. Low of 23F with a windchill as low as 10F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 40% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible.
    Wednesday
    Mostly cloudy. High of 36F with a windchill as low as 12F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.
    Wednesday Night
    Overcast. Low of 28F with a windchill as low as 16F. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
    Thursday
    Partly cloudy. High of 37F with a windchill as low as 23F. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
    Thursday Night
    Clear. Low of 25F with a windchill as low as 14F. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph.
    Friday
    Clear. High of 36F with a windchill as low as 10F. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 20 to 25 mph.
    Friday Night
    Clear. Low of 25F with a windchill as low as 18F. Winds from the NW at 5 to 20 mph.
    Saturday
    Clear. High of 41F. Winds from the WNW at

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    I was just discussing that out in the water today, and I was assured that I was just being a grouchy new englander and needed to do a trip. Hey, I'll try it! The off shores have been insane lately, but I'll take it over flat any day. Count your blessings.

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    Seems like every time there was waves this december the winds were howling offshore. Supposed to be a small swell for this Sunday, although forecast is predicting 25-35 NW again. Def looking forward to a nice glassy, juicy day.