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NWS Surf Zone Forecasts

NWS Offices Issuing Surf Zone Forecasts

Atlantic
Boston, MA
Charleston, SC
Jacksonville, FL
Melbourne, FL
Morehead City/Newport, NC
Miami, FL

Philadelphia/New Jersey
Upton, (NYC) NY
Wakefield (Norfolk), VA
Wilmington, NC

Great Lakes
Chicago, IL
Duluth, MN
Gaylord, MI
Grand Rapids, MI
Green Bay, WI
Marquette, MI
Northern Indiana, IN



Gulf Coast
Brownsville, TX
Corpus Christi, TX Tallahassee, FL
Tampa, FL
Mobile, AL

West Coast
Eureka, CA
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA

Pacific
Guam
Honolulu, HI

Alaska
Barrow

Not all coastal and Great Lakes NWS Forecast Offices provide a Surf Zone Forecast; however, all NWS offices forecasting moderate or high risk of rip currents include this information in the Day 1 portion of their Hazardous Weather Outlook (HWO).

Rip Current Outlooks

Surf Zone Forecasts contain Rip Current Outlooks. Rip Current Outlooks use the following, three-tiered set of qualifiers:

  • Low Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions are not expected to support the development of rip currents; however, rip currents can sometimes occur, especially in the vicinity of groins, jetties, and piers. Know how to swim and heed the advice of lifeguards.
  • Moderate Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions support stronger or more frequent rip currents. Only experienced surf swimmers should enter the water.
  • High Risk of rip currents. Wind and/or wave conditions support dangerous rip currents. Rip currents are life-threatening to anyone entering the surf.

When you arrive at the beach, ask the lifeguard about rip currents and other potentially dangerous water conditions expected for the day.


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Last Updated: August 18, 2014