Hurricane Bill Update: Giant Surf To Slam East Coast

Hurricane Bill Forecast Graphic

Batten down your hatches. Probability of storm force winds graphic.© 2009 – NHC/NOAA

(*Potential is based on an ideal setup with deep water run in able to handle a swell this size which is unlikely to be the case at these locations)

According to a report on, the East Coast is going to have some serious waves over the next week. Get your Hurricane Bill Checklist, and read the report below or watch the animated swell chart HERE.

As Reported on

Too much love can be a scary thing. Hurricane Bill is showing worrying signs of becoming a full on bunny boiling maniac. Where 4ft@16 seconds looked fun and 9ft@16 seconds started to look intimidating current calls look downright ridiculous. Bearing in mind that a large part of the East coast doesn’t have the setups to deal with significant size these forecast numbers are moving beyond the exciting possibility of solid surf into a different realm:

Hurricane Bill forecast for saturday august 22nd

Hurricane Bill as projected for August 22nd, 2009. Photo:

So the story now is firstly one of finding any spot that’ll handle this kind of swell. Hard to imagine there’s much to the south that can do this and with the winds themselves now expected to impact on spots further north it looks like surfing this one through saturday’s peak is perhaps a long shot IF it comes in as currently modeled. As you head further south down the Florida coast you should be able to pick your size as you head into the shadow of the islands, and of course post peak there will be, at some stage, a manageable wave if there’s sand left on the beach to hold it, although these swells come and go fast so pick your moment with care.

Second story is that the storm, previously forecast to stay clear of the coast, now shows some probability of making landfall or at least bringing storm force coastal winds from North Carolina northwards with a strong probability of making landfall in Nova Scotia. The image below gives the latest wind speed probabilities:

The caveat here for us as forecasters is Bill is still 1600 miles from the coast. It still hasn’t turned North West as strongly predicted to do so. It’s maintaining it’s category four intensity as predicted but this is Hurricane forecasting – it’s a blow by blow hour by hour attempt to keep an eye on pretty much the most powerful and destructive force in nature – it WILL be subject to change so plan for the unexpected and keep an eye here for our regular update. We’re pulling detailed revised information from the NHC and hurricane swell models from the NOAA every six hours which will be at your fingertips for free day and night as we watch this one in.