The complete surf report directory with wave and wind forecasts for your region. Swell height, wind speed and direction, wave period, and tsunami watch. Check the most accurate ocean predictions for your surf spot and learn more about maritime forecast models. The surf report for your long-range sessions.
Wave Height Forecasts
The significant wave height is a measure for the wave height, and closely corresponds to what a trained observer would consider to be the mean wave height.
Note that the highest wave height of an individual wave will be significantly larger.
Check the Wave Height Forecast for your local region:
The peak period identifies either the period (the time between waves) associated with the locally generated wind sea (in cases with strong local winds) or the dominant wave system (swell) that is generated elsewhere.
Note that this peak period field shows discontinuities.
These discontinuities can loosely be interpreted as swell fronts, although in reality many swell systems overlap at most locations and times.
Global Forecast System (GFS) The global numerical weather prediction computer model run by NOAA. It is run four times a day and delivers forecasts up to 16 days in advance. Beyond 7 days, the forecast is not very accurate.
Integrated Forecast System (IFS) The operational global meteorological forecasting model run by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), based in Reading, England. It is run every twelve hours and delivers forecasts up to 10 days in advance. The operational model runs both in a deterministic forecast mode and as a 51-member ensemble.
North American Mesoscale Model (NAM) A numerical weather prediction model run by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) for short-term weather forecasting. Currently, the Weather Research and Forecasting Non-hydrostatic Mesoscale Model (WRF-NMM) is run as NAM. It is run four times a day and delivers forecasts up to 84 hours in advance. Provides finer detail than other operational forecast models.
Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) A numerical program model used for forecasting and research. Adopted by meteorological services worldwide. Embeds a specialized Hurricane version (HWRF) and shows highly detailed forecasts in a four-kilometre range.