Surf, rip currents and offshore waves will be up a bit for the Father's Day weekend along the Atlantic coast.
Spectacular sunshine and warmth will have fathers and families flocking to the beaches and nearby coastal waters this weekend.
The combination of an offshore storm and high pressure along the Atlantic Seaboard will work together to create cool coastal breezes and stiff winds with big waves offshore.
Some of the offshore energy will reach the beaches and could make for moderate wave action.
Novice boaters and weekend warrior offshore fisherman may want to have preparations for 6- to 12-foot average seas.
Take care in the surf. Rip currents are almost always present. However, in situations like this, rip currents are stronger and more numerous.
The biggest waves (4 to 7 feet) and strongest rip currents will tend to be from Virginia Beach on south through the east coast of Florida this weekend. However, some periodic sizable surf action (waves of 3 to 5 feet) is possible on the Delaware, New Jersey and Cape Cod beaches as well.
Water temperatures are, on average, 3 to 5 degrees above normal this weekend. This puts surf temperatures at levels where they typically are during the Fourth of July.
The difference in pressure between the offshore storm and high pressure near the I-95 zone is creating a gusty wind offshore and a stiff northeasterly breeze at most area beaches. The pressure difference is strongest south of New England.
The fetch, or flow of this air from offshore to the coast, is driving bigger waves toward the coast.
Generally, beaches with a northeasterly exposure to the open Atlantic will have the greatest wave and rip current action in this situation.
As a large storm rolls out of the Midwest, the Northeast and mid-Atlantic are facing snow, ice and travel disruptions to start March.
Snow and ice is kicking off March across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic as yet another winter storm moves into the area.
The beginning of March marks the start of meteorological spring in the Northern Hemisphere, but this does not signal the end of winter weather in the United States.
Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest this week with widespread ice and flooding concerns.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
The week kicked off with a heavy snow expanding across areas of the Four Corners states before striking the South with snow and ice, causing treacherous travel from Shreveport, Louisiana, to Memphis, Tennessee.
Heavy wet snow, "worst since '88", crippled NYC, NJ (Congressional Limited). Reading of 24" at Asbury Park; NYC's lowest barometer 28.38"; 28.27" at New Haven; Complete disruption of electricity in New Jersey.
Raleigh, NC (1927)
(1st-2nd) 17.8" of snow -- all-time biggest snowstorm and 24-hour record.
Record March cold wave: minus 48 degrees at Couderay, WI; minus 35 degrees in Iowa.