6:30 pm weather: 80F and cloudy (multiple layer deck of cumulus, stratus and cirrostratus) with light showers in the vicinity, wind ENE 18 mph, gusting to 25 mph Rainfall (noon to 6 pm): 0.02" Surf conditions: breaking waves 5-8 feet, very choppy with a strong north to south current Tide: dead low, next high tide 12:20 am Friday
After a fairly sunny and humid afternoon with moderate winds off the Atlantic, a band of showers just to the south produced wind gusts approaching 30-35 mph along with a peppering of rain with only 0.02" accumulation. Surf is now breaking well past the end of the pier as it continues to build. If wave heights reach the forecast of 10-15' on top of a hurricane surge forecast of 7'+ around the time of high tide early Friday afternoon, the Sunglow Pier and possibly the Main Street pier in Daytona may not survive.
Expecting conditions to go rapidly down hill starting around sunrise, with wind maxing out mid-day, continuing until Matthew pulls away to the north later in the afternoon. From the local weather station's hi-res future radar loops (which I find are very good at illustrating local weather out 24 hours), it appears that my location will either be hit dead-on by the eye or be in the west eye wall as the center achieves 29N latitude. Hoping for the later as it will spare us the 180 100+ mph wind-shift and freaky calm inside the eye.
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