August 16, 2012

Surfing:  A promising beginning to the summer has since faded
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By DANIEL PULLEN

The summer started out with promising surf, but the promise has faded.

The tropical cyclone season got off to an early start this year with two named tropical storms in May and a hurricane in June.

Though none came close to the Outer Banks, the three – Alberto and Beryl in May and Chris in June – produced some surf that was fairly short-lived in all cases.

Since then, waves have been small but rideable almost every day.

Tropical storm Debby in late June and Hurricane Ernesto this month were Gulf of Mexico events that didn’t affect our surf here.

And now about-to-be Hurricane Gordon is so far out in the Atlantic, heading northeast, that it’s not doing a thing for our surf.

I’m sure wishing for hurricane surf but not a landfalling hurricane. It would be good to have a storm pass far enough offshore that it would send in some big waves but wouldn’t cause any other problems.

It’s worth noting that the water warmed up really quickly this summer because of the mild winter we had.  The water has remained warm because we haven’t had too much southwest wind to cause upwelling, which can drop the water temperature.

Overall, the weather has been really nice this summer – just hot with thunderstorms – but nice weather doesn’t usually produce good surfing conditions.

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