Today is a good day to sit in a beach chair on the strand. It’s a very bad day to swim in the surf or get on a pool float in the ocean. It’s also a dangerous day to take a small boat out into coastal waters.
We have a HIGH rip current risk, 3-6 foot surf (with shore break), and a Northeast wind at 15 mph. Low tide will occur at 12:15 pm. This combination will put the deadliest rip current hazard during prime beach time today. If you get on a pool float with this strong Northeast wind, expect to be blown offshore.
We also have a Small Craft Advisory due to offshore winds of 15-25 knots (gusts to 30 knots) and 5-8 foot seas.
We included two beach photos shot a few minutes ago. In the first, you can see the feeder current and outflowing current dry channels that create a rip current. The second photo shows the higher than normal curling surf which creates shore break that slams swimmers into the sand and can cause neck injuries.