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Florida Gulf of Mexico Surf Report
(includes Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi)

This surf report contains buoy data and images that depict the current state of the ocean and atmosphere within the Southeast United States and Gulf of Mexico swell window. Use this page to track storms, observe arriving swells, and determine winds and tides at your beach.

 

Also see Buoy Data, Current Weather & Tropical Update
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Surf Cams
Arranged from North to South

Camera Location Refresh Rate/Provider
Florida Gulf Coast
Pensecola Beach Every minute
AlohaSurf.net
St Petersburg Beach Daily pic
Gulfstrer.com
St Petersburg Report No pics, but has a report
Aurasurf.com
St Georges Island, Panama City Bch, St Teresa Island, Alligator Pnt & Destin Every 10 mins.
Beachview.com

 

Stormsurf Buoys
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

Western Gulf Middle Gulf Eastern Gulf North Mid Gulf Eileen Lanelle Galveston Mobile South Pensacola South West Tampa OPT Port Aransas, TX Sabine, TX Grand Isle, LA Southwest Pass, LA Dauphin Island, FL Keaton Beach, FLA Cedar Key, FL Dry Tortugas, FL Sand Key, FLA Tyndall AFB Tower

 

 

Buoys
Arranged from North to South
Courtesy: NWS Tallahasee, NBDC & NOAA OMB

Current Observations Swell Forecast
Buoy Number Buoy Name Primary Observation Secondary Observation Spectral Density of Current Observation 6 hr Hindcast & 180 hr Forecast
(NOAA OMB)
GULF OF MEXICO
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map East
& West
   
42003 Eastern Gulf of Mexico Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
42054 East Gulf

NDBC

Wave Met

Spec Dens

 
42041 North Mid Gulf

NDBC

Wave Met

Spec Dens

 
42001 Middle Gulf of Mexico Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
42036 West Tampa Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
42039 Pensacola South Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
42040 Mobile South Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
42007 OPT Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast

 

  • NDBC = National Data Buoy Center - Primary Source for Wave and Wind Observations
  • Wave Met = Links to the NDBC FTP server which is often up when the prime web server is down.
    Two links provided: One to detailed 'Wave' data, the other to 'Meteorlogical' data (including Significant Sea heights). Heights are in meters, Time in GMT/UTC. Field descriptions can be found here: Wave Met
  • Spec Dens = Links to the National Data Buoy Center. Dispalys the amount of energy in each spectral band by period.
  • Buoy Forecast is from the Wavewatch III Wave Model courtesy of NOAA OMB.
    Tabular display tracks up to 6 swells as they converge on any buoy simultaneously. Identifies Significant Wave Height, Swell Height, Period and Direction hourly for the previous 12 hours and 72 hours into the future. Wherever possible, the Regional Model is used to increase accuracy. Heights are in meters, Period in seconds. Direction indicates where the swell is heading. Add or substract 180 degrees to calcuate where it came from.

 

 

Spectral Density
(Buoy 42019)

 

Swell Trend for Buoy 42019
Canaveral Buoy
Courtesy: National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

Swell Height (in ft) & Period (in secs)

 

 

North Atlantic GOES-8 Infrared Satellite Image
Courtesy: UNISYS/University of Purdue

 

 

Wind Conditions via RUC2 Model
(updated every 3 hours)
Courtesy: NOAA FSL

Southeast Gulf Coast

 

 

Current Global Winds Via QuikSCAT Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

Local Marine Wind Conditions Via QuikSCAT Satellite Based Sensors
(Ascending Pass)
Courtesy: NOAA OPPT

 

 

Current 00hr NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model
Courtesy: NOAA OMB

Height Period

 

 

Current Southeast US/Gulf of Mexico Regional NOAA Wave Model
Courtesy: NOAA OMB

Height Period

 

 

Current Gulf of Mexico Navy Wave Model
Click the link and accept the certificates: Navy

 

Stormsurf Buoy Forecasts
(Click a buoy for detailed swell and surf data)

Western Gulf Middle Gulf Eastern Gulf Eileen Buoy Lanelle Buoy Galveston Buoy Mobile South Buoy OPT Buoy Pensacola S. Buoy West Tampa Buoy

 

 

Tides
Courtesy: Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina

 

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