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NWS Offices Issuing Surf Zone Forecasts

Atlantic and Gulf Coasts Great Lakes West Coast Pacific and Alaska

For coastal offices not listed above, check the Hazardous Weather Outlook for high risk of rip currents.

Surf Zone Forecasts contain three levels of Rip Current Outlooks:

  • Low Risk: Surf zone conditions are not expected to generate life threatening rip currents; however, life threatening rip currents often occur in the vicinity of groins, jetties, reefs, and piers.
  • Moderate Risk: Surf zone conditions are favorable for generating life threatening rip currents.
  • High Risk: Surf zone conditions will likely generate life threatening rip currents.

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