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Posted on: March 13, 2019

NWS CHARLESTON TO RESUME SEASONAL SURF ZONE FORECAST

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON TO RESUME THE SEASONAL SURF ZONE FORECAST ON MARCH 15

Beginning with the early morning forecast on Friday, March 15, and continuing through at least October 31, the National Weather Service in Charleston will resume the issuance of the local Surf Zone Forecast (SRF) and it’s associated Rip Current risk. The SRF is a public forecast product that relays surf zone and beach forecast information for the beaches of south coastal South Carolina and north coastal Georgia. The SRF is critical for both the public and first responders, allowing them to plan for a variety of hazards that can occur at the beaches. During the late spring and summer, the beach communities can swell to many times their year-round population. This influx of people can make them highly vulnerable given their unfamiliarity with the dangers of the surf zone.The SRF will be issued at least twice daily, once around 4 AM and again around 4 PM. However, updates can be issued at other times throughout the day if significant forecast changes have been made.The SRF will contain the following weather elements: 

  • Rip Current Risk (Low, Moderate or High) and the associated Call  to Actions
  • Surf Height
  • Weather
  • High Temperature
  • Winds
  • Water Temperature
  • Ultraviolet Index
  • Tide Information

To see the latest forecast go to our website at: https://www.weather.gov/beach/chs 

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