Nov 8, 2010

Bye Tomas Hello Old Man Winter

Okay, I think it's safe to say now the tropics have officially shut down.  It's pretty cool we got all the way to the "T's" in the 2010 tropical storm names.  Otto was my favorite name.  What's next?

Old Man Winter has already awoken in the Northern Atlantic.  The time of year has come for those big NE storms.  A BIG one is gearing up to send some freight train size swell to the usual spots that can catch a NE/E swell.  This storm is going to get big, like as big as the whole Northern Atlantic.  Winds will be howling for days in the same direction which is very favorable for a long period ground swell to form.

That's a big storm.  It's kind of crazy how the winter storms move more or less from North to South then off to the East and the big hurricanes move West than go from the South to the North. 

Here in South Carolina we should see some good sized waves from this system with favorable winds but a 4 hr drive south may be the best bet this weekend if you're in search of overhead plus waves.  Local wind conditions for Florida may be iffy though.  An even better choice may be the 4 hr drive North.  Lot's of choices to make but it will be the weekend so escaping the crowds will be tough. 

I'll finally be able to take some good surf pictures.  It's been a while.

Mike C


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