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Old 07-27-2018, 12:39 PM
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Living here on the SE NC coast, wind is pretty much a constant aggravation, so I search out as much info as possible before heading out of the ICW and inlets.

Is there a good website that clearly explains the interaction of wind, currents, and waves? I ask because, when looking out to see when the wave height is lower and period longer, I've noticed several times when the wave height is decreasing while the winds are increasing, which seems counter-intuitive to me.
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Originally Posted by raybark View Post
Living here on the SE NC coast, wind is pretty much a constant aggravation, so I search out as much info as possible before heading out of the ICW and inlets.

Is there a good website that clearly explains the interaction of wind, currents, and waves? I ask because, when looking out to see when the wave height is lower and period longer, I've noticed several times when the wave height is decreasing while the winds are increasing, which seems counter-intuitive to me.
Use the typical apps like Windfinder, FishWeather, Buoyweather, Windy, etc and use your actual buoy info for your area.

The wave height can decrease with higher wind because the wind may be blowing with the tide at that time. When the wind is blowing against the tide, it can cause bigger waves even with lower winds. In Charleston for example, anything from the E or NE is bad. It makes traveling out of the jetties especially bad on an outgoing tide because you have that strong rush of water going out and wind blowing back against it. Hope this helps. I'm sure others have even better explanations.
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I use windfinder and love it
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Use windfinder but don't start banking on any forecast til 2-3 days out.
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Use the typical weather sources to predict wind strength and direction. There are lots of weather buoys that you can look at to see real-time conditions before making a trip.
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And this is more than a little hypnotic to look at: https://www.ventusky.com/?p=28.14;-81.95;6&l=wind-10m. Pick the parameter you want plotted on the left. Windfinder for forecasts, Ventusky for tripping....
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Originally Posted by ukadrianj View Post
And this is more than a little hypnotic to look at: https://www.ventusky.com/?p=28.14;-81.95;6&l=wind-10m. Pick the parameter you want plotted on the left. Windfinder for forecasts, Ventusky for tripping....
Thanks for this, cool site!
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