Subtropical storm Ana created great conditions. Catching some waves by the Kitty Hawk Bathhouse.

Subtropical storm Ana created great conditions. Catching some waves by the Kitty Hawk Bathhouse.

Subtropical storm Ana is the perfect tropical system. It’s not going to become a hurricane. It does not appear as though it will make landfall at or impact populated areas. And it kicked up some great surf condition on the Outer Banks.

There is a downside to a tropical or subtropical system pushing waves to the shore. It may be great for surfing, but you wouldn’t want to go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean with the waves we had today.

And—a cautionary note—this was not a day for a novice surfer.

But for someone with some experience, the conditions today were close to ideal.

For the surfers, the break was a good 50-60 yards offshore and waves were running 5’-7’. Making it really nice, a lot of the waves kept their energy almost to shore.

What made it difficult—ok…dangerous—for a swimmer, was the waves were reforming almost on the beach, and pounding the near surf with three and four foot waves. Coupled with a forecast of a high probability of rip currents, it was not a good day to go swimming.

Some Beautiful Days to Come

A great day for catching some sun—but swimming not so much.

The air temperature was around 80. The water temperature in the upper 60s, which is quite nice for this time of the year.

It’s looking as though we’ll have similar conditions tomorrow. Ana is moving to the northeast, away from land, at a pretty good clip, but it’s still pushing some waves our way.

By Monday, though, things should be fairly calm and anyone who wants to jump in the ocean should be able to do so.

The weather for the next few days is looking spectacular. But then as summer comes, the Outer Banks reputation as a vacation paradise will be confined again. See what it’s all about with a week or two in a Brindley Beach Vacations home.

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