magicseaweed, wetsand, wavewatch, surfline, ect.......they all blow a big one....seriously!
NOAA & SWELLINFO is where it's at.
The ONLY issue i see with swellinfo is the inaccuracy with the water temps. It states that the water is 58 right now for Monmouth County and really it's 51-52.
The temps have been off for awhile sometimes on point tho but off more than on. Is there any plans in the future to get real time statistics? temp/wind?
Otherwise, this is my #1 surf site. And i couldn't be happier with with any other site
We are using a data set right now that uses buoy temps and satelite derived data. It does not handle the coastal upwelling type of scenarios. I'm looking into switching to a way to use coastal buoys where possible, but still this is only good for some locations.
Until NOAA gets better with their satelite derived coastal data, the only perfect system would be to have someone take the temp reading every day.
In general using the buoys close to your location is good, and just keep in mind colder water is going to upwell on the southerly swells.
Keep in mind that NOAA's definition of swell is "longer period than the local windchop". Thus if you have 4s windchop on top of 8s windwaves, the windwaves will register as "swell". Check the period spectrum graph (link) near the bottom of the page and you will get a better sense for how many wave types are in the water and the energy each one is carrying. Although you get no directional info from most of the buoys, if you have been following the forecasts/models you can usually figure out which direction each one is coming from.
Just research the internet. The best way to predict a wave is to know your local break. If you know the break, you see when its good and when its bad. That will help you be able to predict it for your break, and eventually move on to other breaks.
true, but saturday was a pretty quick shot of south winds and it produced shoulder high sets all the way through late sunday. This swell doesnt seem to have an impressive fetch, but it seems more impressive than saturday's setup did.