The water temperature was down in the low, mid, and upper fifties for weeks. We recently jumped back above that 60 degree mark, and it’s safe to say we’re in a warming trend. The water could rise into the upper 60s in the coming weeks nearing 70 degrees if another significant cold front doesn’t come sweeping across the gulf. The water temperature got up to 63°F today! We’ll be comfortably wearing springsuits before you know it.
Watch it rise:
Clearwater Beach Station
We’ve got a series of cold fronts slated for the next couple weeks. The first front, which is the one you can see in the featured image above, will just barely inch into the northern gulf, but quickly pull away without cranking up the onshore winds in the northern gulf. The temperatures hold at their current point behind this first front. Continue reading Weather Forecast: A series of cold fronts and winter preparations.
The environment is starting to heat up. This rain and thunderstorm activity appears to be associated with a cold front and tropical low (pictured above). The tropical like weather will continue over the next few days, and bring southwest winds. Tuesday our surf comes up. SWAN has it at 4-5 feet by 3pm. By evening on Tuesday a solid southwest flow will be in place.
The winds will only be around 15 knots, but there is a lot of fetch. Tuesday evening through Wednesday evening will be in the 4-5 foot seas range. West Florida water temperatures are at 84°, and rain chances at 70%. The mornings and evenings will be the time to surf.