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Cape Hatteras Surf Report

This surf report contains buoy data and images that depict the current state of the ocean and atmosphere in the Cape Hatteras swell window. Use this page to track storms, observe arriving swells, and determine winds and tides at your beach.

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Surf Cams
Arranged from North to South

Camera Location Refresh Rate/Provider
Bethany Beach, DE Real-time
Bethanycam.com
Ocean City MD Still Image
Malibus.com
Atlantic Beach, NC Real-time
Eastcoastsurf.com
Wrightsville Beach, NC Updated Daily
SncSurf.com
Folly Beach, SC Updated Daily
Oceansurfshop.com
Folly Beach, SC Every minute
Follysurfcam.com

 

 

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

SE Cape Cod Georges Bank Buzzards Bay, MA Montauk Pt Nantucket Long Island Ambrose Light, NY Hotel Deleware Bay Chesapeake Light,VA Virginia Beach Duck Pier, NC

 

41009 41010 SPGF1 LKWF1 FWYF1 SANF1 41012 SAUF1 41008 SPAG1 FBIS1 41004 41002 41013 CLKN7 41001 41025

 

 

Buoys
Arranged from North to South
Courtesy: 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)
NE US COAST
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map    
44011 Georges Bank Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
44008 Nantucket Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
44005 Gulf of Maine Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
44007 Portland Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
44013 Boston Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens  
44025 Long Island NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
SE US COAST
Offshore
To view buoy locations select a Buoy Map: Buoy Map North
& South
   
44004 Hotel Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
41001 East Hatteras Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
41002 South Hatteras Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
41010 Canaveral East Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
Nearshore  
44009 Deleware Bay Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
44014 Viriginia Beach Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
DUCN7 Duck Pier NDBC      
DSLN7 Diamond Shoals NDBC      
CLKN7 Cape Lookout NDBC      
FPSN7 Frying Pan Shoals NDBC      
41004 Edisto Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
41008 Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary Buoy NDBC Wave Met Spec Dens Forecast
41009 Canaveral 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
(Hatteras Buoy 41025)

 

Wave Trend for Offshore Buoy 41025
Hatteras Buoy
Courtesy: National Data Buoy Center (NDBC)

Significant Wave Height (in ft) & Swell 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

Northeast US Coast

 

Southeast US 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 Wave Model
Courtesy: Scripps Research Institute
(Uses NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model)

Height Period

 

 

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

Height Period

 

 

NW Atlantic 00hr Regional NOAA Wavewatch III Wave Model
Courtesy: NOAA OMB

Height Period

 

 

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

Virginia Beach Deleware Bay Long Island Montauk Point Hotel Nantucket SE Cape Cod Georges Bank

 

41009 41012 41010 JAX54 JAX55 41008 JAX58 41001 41002 JAX56 ILM02 ILM01 41001 DSLN7

 

 

Tides
Courtesy: Biological Sciences: University of South Carolina

North Carolina
Duck Pier
Avon
Hatteras Inlet
Morehead City
Wilmington

 

2851

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