Finally it hit the Ft. Pierce buoy 2.6 feet at 13 seconds. First 13 second reading. As of 12:25 PM Update. As I said earlier , The swell is coming in, the power swell I should say, but it maybe 4 PM till we fully feel it and see it!
(Note: The Ft Pierce buoy is only 9 miles offshore vs our 20 mile buoy which the 13 second nor even 11 second part of the swell has not hit ours. But now that it has hit the Ft Pierce buoy, by 1:30 or 2:30 latest, we should start to see some size and power. Also note, It also hit the Fernandina Beach buoy at 13 seconds like 3 different readings since 9 AM this morning. But they don’t have the Bahamas and a Cape Island that sticks out and blocks us like we do)
It hit the 120 buoy last night at 1 AM, in the 11-14 second range. Take a look at the 4 images below and it will make sense, well, kinda 🙂
Today, we may only see head high before dark. But don’t be surprised if late morning Friday, we see some 2-3 foot overhead faces on the big set waves. Remember, Hurricane Leslie in 2012 was only like 4.3 feet at 12 seconds and we had some 11 foot face wave sets)
So Friday, I believe head high to overhead will happen and with 1-3 foot overhead sets in Satellite Beach, and maybe some at the Pier. Winds offshore till late morning, NNW to maybe NW winds.
Saturday, chest to head high with offshore winds all day.
Sunday, waist to stomach plus with offshore winds most of the day.
The first 3 images are the moving Period chart of the swell (which shows the fetch or width of the storm and it’s relative strength at each of the different colors). The first is 9 Am this morning, then 12 Pm followed by 3 Pm. Notice the bright Green does not fully wrap our coast at the Cape until 3 Pm. Now this model is from 6 AM this morning. The fourth image is the swell size at 3 Pm which just shows us the size to expect and what the power should be based on the period. This is why we are waiting. And maybe cause the winds are a lot stronger West out at the 120 and the 20 mile buoy, so that may be slowing it down some. a 14 second period swell travels across sea at over 20 mph (11 second travels about 17 mph, so just interpolate 🙂