|Rough surf off Cocoa Beach this Memorial Day weekend.|
COCOA BEACH, Florida -- As of 8 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, breezy onshore winds of are producing rough, choppy surf and an increased threat of dangerous rip currents. Choppy, short-period seas of 4 to 6 feet will produce unfavorable conditions for boaters.
Jelly Fish: Portugese Man-o-War are present in the ocean and on the beach.
Seaweed: The remnants of the heavy Sargasso seaweed that came ashore last week have dried, blackened, and are breaking up. There is no longer any stench associated with the seaweed decomposition.
Sharks: Bonnethead and Hammerhead under 4 ft., Blacktip around 4 ft., and Spinner around 6 ft., have either been spotted or caught near-shore within the last month.
Winds: From the east at 15-20 mph.
Near-shore Current: A near shore current is moving south while a wind-driven surface current is moving to the north.
Breaking Waves: 3-4 ft. and very choppy.
Rip Current Threat: High
UV Index: 11 (High)
Current Temps: Water 80 F Air 78 F
20 Mile Cape Canaveral Buoy: 5.2 ft. swell every 8 seconds.
COCOA BEACH TIDES:
08:11 AM Low
02:03 PM High
Strong winds, clouded water, rough seas, and a crowded beach will make for poor fishing conditions during Memorial Day Weekend. If you are fishing in the ocean this weekend, Jetty Park would be the best spot to avoid the rough surf. Whiting is the most popular catch. Pompano and Jack are also biting in the surf zone just beyond the wave break. Sand fleas are abundant in the wash zone. Sheepshead, Flounder, Snook and Black Drum can be found near the piers and jetties.
Very choppy 3-4 ft. waves on Memorial Day.
VOLUSIA-BREVARD COUNTY LINE TO SEBASTIAN INLET 0-20 NM- 1003 AM EDT SUN MAY 24 2015
...SMALL CRAFT EXERCISE CAUTION...
MONDAY...EAST WINDS 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 6 FEET WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD 7 SECONDS. A MODERATE CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
MONDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET. A LIGHT CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS.
TUESDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET. A MODERATE CHOP ON THE INTRACOASTAL WATERS.
TUESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET.
WEDNESDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
THURSDAY...EAST WINDS 10 TO 15 KNOTS. SEAS 4 TO 5 FEET. SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
ATLC COASTAL WATERS FROM FLAGLER BEACH TO JUPITER INLET OUT 60 NM .
SYNOPSIS...THE AXIS OF A STRONG HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE WILL REMAIN ALONG AND OFFSHORE THE MID ATLANTIC COAST THROUGH LATE WEEK. THIS WILL PRODUCE A LONG FETCH OF MODERATE TO FRESH EASTERLY WINDS. POOR TO HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS FOR SMALL CRAFT OPERATION WILL EXIST MUCH OF THE WEEK..
GULF STREAM HAZARDS...EASTERLY WINDS 15 TO 20 KNOTS WITH SEAS UP TO 6 FEET..
THE APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF THE WEST WALL OF THE GULF STREAM BASED ON THE REAL TIME OCEAN FORECAST SYSTEM FROM SATURDAY MAY 23RD:.
42 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PONCE INLET..
30 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF PORT CANAVERAL..
26 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SEBASTIAN INLET..
17 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF FORT PIERCE INLET..
12 NAUTICAL MILES EAST OF SAINT LUCIE INLET..