After what seemed like the never-ending dismal winter in Florida, spring seems to have dialled up a couple of fun sessions recently.
In particular, last weekend – while the droves on the beaches at South Beach Miami were all Spring Break 2021, the surf was going off – making for some azure-hued barrles courtesy of a longer-period NE swell generated by low pressure up the coast.
Spot guide: Miami
“This swell originated from the north and northeast winds on the eastern flank of a large area of high pressure centred over the Great Lakes,” says MSW forecaster Tony Butt.
“These winds intensified as a pressure gradient developed between high pressure to the west, over the North American continent, and low pressure to the east, out in the open Atlantic. First, a low pressure system moved off the US east coast on Friday March 19, creating a strong pressure gradient, which generated a strong northerly flow between Nova Scotia, past Cape Hatteras towards Florida.
“Then during Saturday and early Sunday, the high moved east, becoming centred around the New York area, with relatively low pressure to the south, off Florida, which pulled the flow around to the northeast. Both these windfields generated swell, while local winds in Florida coast, particularly towards the south, remained light.”
And the results speak for themselves. Enjoy.