7 Sep

I am working on a seminar for Cruisers’ University and Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous regarding the tides and currents in the ICW. When cruising, I find the NOAA Tides and Currents NOAA/CO-OPS ODIN page to be very handy, particularly in the ICW as there are many tide stations which show the projected tide level along with the actual tide level. This can be mighty handy information when you are transiting some of the known shoal areas. For instance, if you are travelling through Snows Cut NC, today, September 7, 2019 you will have nearly a foot more water than predicted (Wrightsville Beach tide station is about 7 miles from Snows Cut).

But while I was looking at NOAA/ODIN I thought I’d see what the Outer Banks water levels were doing during hurricane Dorian. Check out the graphs of Cape Hatteras. You can see that the eye went right over the USCG station. The wind was east, and then went calm. It then rapidly increased to 65 kt.  from the west. This brought a wall of water across Pamlico Sound which crashed into Hatteras Island from the west.

You can learn more about the tides and currents in the ICW at seminars in Cruisers University (now sold out) and Hampton Snowbird Rendezvous.


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