OBX Wave Report February 1 — A Light Nor-Easter With 2-5 Foot Surf


A light Nor-Easter is kicking up strong north-northeast winds. This system is expected to pass offshore pretty rapidly. 2-5 foot surf is affecting the beaches now with those 20-30 mph winds kicking up some chop.

OBX Wave Report Jan 30 — 2-4 Foot With Rain Tapering Off

Waves are 2-4 feet for most Outer Banks beaches as an impulse of stormy weather moves out to sea.

OBX Wave Report Jan 29 — Shift to Stormy Pattern With Larger Surf

A series of fronts and coastal storms are expected to increase wave heights across the Outer Banks with surf rising to 2-4 feet this week and 4-8 feet by Friday/Saturday.

OBX Wave Report Jan 28 — Clean, Small, Building

Waves are 1-2 foot across the Outer Banks today. A minor coastal storm is predicted to kick up a swell into Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Intro focus — the clean energy revolution. Long range focus on weather — coastal storm potential that makes you go hmm…

OBX Wave Report Jan 27 — Holocaust Remembrance Day

In this Friday for Future episode of the OBX Wave Report, we remember the Holocaust and ask all wave carvers to dedicate their surf sessions today to never forgetting and to fighting hatred, fascism, and political violence.

OBX Wave Report Jan 26 — 2-8 Foot Surf Follows Behind Yesterday’s Gale

Large surf in the range of 2-5 foot north and 4-8 foot south pounds OBX beaches in the wake of yesterday’s gale.

Crazy OBX Rainfall as Massive Front Sweeps Through

Footage of severe rainfall and gale force winds sweeping across Kitty Hawk last night in the Outer Banks as a massive frontal storm swept through.

OBX Wave Report Jan 25 — Surf Set to Build as a Storm Rolls In

Small waves in the range of 0-2 feet are set to build to 2-8+ feet later today as a massive frontal system sweeps in bringing gale force winds and possible thunderstorms.

Climate Scientist Chat Jan 24 — Renewables, Extreme Weather, Storms, Poles, Gates

A special OBX Wave Report review of today’s climate expert chatter.

OBX Wave Report Jan 24 — 1-2 Foot With Another Gale on The Way

A storm gathering over Texas is expected to kick up gale force winds and stormy conditions for the Outer Banks starting late Wednesday. Meanwhile, today, waves across the Outer Banks are in the range of 1-2 foot. Following December’s bomb cyclone, numerous fronts and yesterday’s hurricane force gust at Jennette’s Pier, a larger analysis of Winter of 2022-2023 weather trends for the Outer Banks is included for added local and regional context.

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OBX Wave Report Jan 23 — Yesterday’s Hurricane Force Gust Followed By Big Barrels

A strong front associated with a storm sweeping up from the south raked Nags Head with a recorded wind gust of 75 mph at Jennette’s Pier on Sunday the 22nd. Today, reports indicate big barrels from S-Turns to Buxton.

Gale Begins to Blow at Jennette’s Pier

The leading edge of a Gale kicks up at Jennette’s Pier on Jan 22.

OBX Wave Report Jan 19 — 1-3 Foot With Southerly Winds Building

With another mildly stormy impulse sweeping in from the west expected to bring winds south and showers north, waves across the Outer Banks range from one to three feet. Off shore gales south expected to kick up waves by later today.

OBX Wave Report Jan 18 — 2-3 Foot, Warm and Sunny

Wave heights continue to drop for the Outer Banks with swells now ranging between 2 and 3 feet for most beaches. Swell expected to maintain in this range, then drop by Sunday before building on Monday. Big Wave event in Portugal is trailing off. California looks for a break from storms. Possible Arctic warming may impact Northern Hemisphere weather patterns.

OBX Wave Report MLK Day — Ocean Storm Kicks Up Large Swell

4-9 foot waves roll in from an increasingly distant storm.

OBX Wave Report Jan 14 — Cold, Dark and Stormy Morning

3-7 foot waves are breaking on most beaches with cold and stormy conditions.

California Storms Shift North, Another Round of Huge Waves Slam into Ireland

We may be seeing stormy conditions for California start to tamp down in the near future. Meanwhile, gnarly 35 foot waves strike Ireland.

OBX Wave Report Jan 12 — Retrograde Coastal Low to Kick up Surf

A front sweeping in from the west is expected to spawn a coastal low off the US East Coast. Waves across the Outer Banks are expected to rise to 2-6 feet over the weekend.

OBX Wave Report Jan 11 — Return of Bigger Waves by Friday

Zero to two foot waves lap the Outer Banks on Wednesday, January 11 with surf expected to rise by Friday. Out west, possible relief for California. Across the Atlantic, massive surf is expected for Ireland on Thursday.

OBX Wave Report Jan 10 — A Coastal Storm For The Weekend?

OBX wave conditions are presently at 1-3 feet. Forecast for the weekend now seems to favor the formation of a mild coastal storm with 5-9 foot waves on the coast.

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