This page will contain an exclusive, custom Offshore wind and weather forecast created by Meteorologist Shea Gibson (of Chucktown Wind Report) for each of our seven Offshore Challenge Series races. Shea will post his initial projection 3 days in advance of each offshore race, with an update the morning of the race. This exclusive service will provide valuable local insight to help CORA Skippers plan ahead and develop winning race strategy.
****Test forecast for 1/22/19 tonight through 1/23/19 Wednesday****
Persistent NE winds remain elevated 22-26kts with gusts over 30kts at times. SCA advisory remains in place for the coastal zone out to 20nm...and gale warnings beyond that. Slight chance of rain overnight into the early morning hours.
Tomorrow....winds will gradually turn E--> SEbS/SSE between 140-160° due to convergence ahead of a cold front. This direction of onshore flow produces warmer air over the cooler shelf waters, which in turn promotes marine layering w/ possible fog along the immediate coast.
Swell heights will steadily increase through the day...starting around 3ft and building towards 4-5ft by late morning as offshore winds bend the primary swell from ENE over to E. Secondary swell will increase chop as winds eventually veer from the SE. Expect rough conditions alongshore and just offshore.
Immediate coastal zones may see the marine layer effects create slackening of winds along and near the barrier island chain...but pick back up further out beyond 2nm away from the land/sea interface. Thermal mixing from the Gulf Stream could show values exceeding 15-20kts offshore.