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    And tide along with many other variables

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    buoy in NH said 5 at 11 Friday, surf was flat. can anyone explain that?

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    theres more than one buoy for most coastlines, you gotta find the right ones.

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    I look at multiple surf forecast and reporting sites. Sometimes they can vary quite a bit from each other and seem to be reporting different areas altogether. You'll find that a site may be better (more accurate) for certain areas and spots but not others - depending on the data source. Some are based on buoy readings, although the buoy may be located 60 or more miles offshore and in or near the Gulf Stream. Some areas have multiple buoys and one may prove more accurate for a specific location than another.
    I also listen to NOAA marine weather radio reports/forecasts. A web cam of a specific spot can be helpful, although local conditions can vary and change rather quickly regardless of what the the web cam is currently showing and various report/forecast sites are saying - particularly if a weather front is arriving. Also, your accumulated knowledge of a particular spot/break is very important.
    But I must qualify all this by saying I've only been surfing for 18 months, so I'm no expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leetymike808 View Post
    theres more than one buoy for most coastlines, you gotta find the right ones.
    What's the RIGHT ONE for RI? Kind of funny how you have no clue what you're talking about as usual.
    Basic understanding of the ocean would clue you into the fact that what's going on WAY off the RI coast is not necessarily what is hitting the ri coast. Swells degrade. Some more than others even with same period and direction. But of course you guys also think you can generate a size able swell in 10 miles so I'm not even sure why I'm back here arguing again. I need to stop looking at this forum when I come to look at the forecast.
    Last edited by shark-hunter; Apr 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteliq View Post
    buoy in NH said 5 at 11 Friday, surf was flat. can anyone explain that?
    i'll try. there are 360 deg on a compass and theoretically waves can move all 360 directions. that said a significant portion of a buoys' reading will be of waves MOVING AWAY from you. were you reading a report with
    swell headed to portugal??

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    Quote Originally Posted by shark-hunter View Post
    What's the RIGHT ONE for RI? Kind of funny how you have no clue what you're talking about as usual.
    The irony here is unfathomable.


    Quote Originally Posted by shark-hunter View Post
    Basic understanding of the ocean would clue you into the fact that what's going on WAY off the RI coast is not necessarily what is hitting the ri coast. Swells degrade. Some more than others even with same period and direction. But of course you guys also think you can generate a size able swell in 10 miles so I'm not even sure why I'm back here arguing again. I need to stop looking at this forum when I come to look at the forecast.
    Beat it, Shunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baddy trailerpark View Post
    i'll try. there are 360 deg on a compass and theoretically waves can move all 360 directions. that said a significant portion of a buoys' reading will be of waves MOVING AWAY from you. were you reading a report with
    swell headed to portugal??
    it could be beneficial for forum go-ers to listen to, learn and apply what baddy said here... rather than getting school girl like and starting an argument over Rhode Islands bouy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hayduke Lives View Post
    it could be beneficial for forum go-ers to listen to, learn and apply what baddy said here... rather than getting school girl like and starting an argument over Rhode Islands bouy...
    too bad that's his M.O...don't read, listen, or learn. just make everything about himself & then throw a tantrum & turn it into a **** show.
    it's like trying to have a rational discussion w/ my 2.5 year old god son at nap time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    too bad that's his M.O...don't read, listen, or learn. just make everything about himself & then throw a tantrum & turn it into a **** show.
    it's like trying to have a rational discussion w/ my 2.5 year old god son at nap time.
    What's the right buoy for RI that sits a few miles off ri's coast? Please enlighten me NEWJERSEYsurfer42! I'm ready and willing to learn. The only other one in open ocean sits near marthas vineyard. That and block island buoy for rhody. You'll also see a big difference a lot of the time between martha's vineyard buoy and BI. You can see the swell degrading just from that point to station 44097. Why don't you stick to NJ and keep your yap shut because you got no clue dog.

    A buoy that sits nearly 100 miles offshore(approximate...point is WAY offshore) is not the same thing as something that sits a mile offshore. 3 feet at 8 seconds due south wind swell(waist high) at block island buoy station 44097 could easily degrade to flatness by the time it hits the beach about 100 miles away. Or it could hold it together and be thigh to waist high. Really flipping a coin. I know this from years of personal experience. The block island buoy is sitting WAY off the coast PAST block island in the middle of the ocean. Waves lose size as they travel. I understand swell direction/ significant wave height vs swell height vs wind wave and how to read a buoy. You can NOT rely on a buoy in RI for great accuracy since the buoy is so far offshore. They will fail you.

    Learn a little son, you know so little, yet are so arrogant and nasty. It's a little sad.

    LIKE ARGUING WITH MONKEYS!
    Last edited by shark-hunter; Apr 28, 2014 at 01:03 PM.