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Wave heights in meters (1m = 3.28ft.) - Wind speed and direction in barbs - arrows represent wave direction - Map courtesy of NOAA

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Buoy Reports

LAST 12 OBSERVATIONS

NDBC BUOY 41004

CHARLESTON OFFSHORE -- 41 NM SE of Charleston - Restored to service

LOCAL
TIME

 

12:00 a.m.

11:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

9:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.

5:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

WAVE
HEIGHT

 

11.8 ft (3.6 m)

12.1 ft (3.7 m)

11.2 ft (3.4 m)

12.5 ft (3.8 m)

12.1 ft (3.7 m)

13.1 ft (4.0 m)

12.8 ft (3.9 m)

12.5 ft (3.8 m)

11.2 ft (3.4 m)

9.8 ft (3.0 m)

9.2 ft (2.8 m)

7.9 ft (2.4 m)

SWELL
HEIGHT

 

9.8 ft (3.0 m)

9.8 ft (3.0 m)

7.9 ft (2.4 m)

11.8 ft (3.6 m)

12.1 ft (3.7 m)

11.2 ft (3.4 m)

1.3 ft (0.4 m)

1.6 ft (0.5 m)

1.3 ft (0.4 m)

1.6 ft (0.5 m)

1.3 ft (0.4 m)

1.3 ft (0.4 m)

SWELL
PERIOD

 

10.0 s

9.1 s

9.1 s

10.0 s

9.1 s

9.1 s

17.4 s

12.9 s

14.8 s

14.8 s

12.9 s

14.8 s

WIND
CHOP

 

6.2 ft (1.9 m)

6.9 ft (2.1 m)

7.9 ft (2.4 m)

3.3 ft (1.0 m)

2.6 ft (0.8 m)

6.9 ft (2.1 m)

12.8 ft (3.9 m)

12.5 ft (3.8 m)

11.2 ft (3.4 m)

9.8 ft (3.0 m)

9.2 ft (2.8 m)

7.9 ft (2.4 m)

CHOP
PERIOD

 

7.1 s

5.6 s

6.7 s

4.2 s

4.2 s

5.9 s

8.3 s

8.3 s

7.7 s

7.7 s

8.3 s

7.1 s

WAVE
ANGLE

 

AVERAGE

STEEP

STEEP

AVERAGE

STEEP

STEEP

STEEP

STEEP

VERY STEEP

STEEP

STEEP

STEEP

 

Charleston web design and web development by Sean McCambridge

Water's getting warm | April 2010

 

Took out the kayak in Charleston Harbor yesterday, and the water is getting warmer. I'd say I'd skin it for a good 45 min. session no problem on a nice day. Haven't been out yet this year, though. If you have, send me a message on Twitter: @charlestonguide.

 

That Twitter account also gives the tides 4x a day, buoy reports and weather, so give it a follow.

Current Weather

Folly Beach

Reported from NDBC Station FBIS1, located on the dunes by the old Coast Guard station on the east end of Folly Beach near Lighthouse Inlet

November 23, 2014 11:00 pm EST
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 6 knots
Wind Gust: 7 knots
Atmospheric Pressure: 29.81 in (1009.5 mb)
Pressure Tendency: -0.04 in (-1.3 mb)
Air Temperature: 61°F (16.1°C)

Isle of Palms

Reported from NDBC Buoy 41029, located appx. 5 mi. east of Isle of Palms

November 23, 2014 11:00 pm EST
Wind Direction: SSW (200°)
Wind Speed: 10 knots
Wind Gust: 12 knots
Air Temperature: 63°F (17.2°C)

NOAA Weather

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Some local surf video from YouTube:

 

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