Surfline gives you two different ways to view our 16-day forecasts, one built specifically by the magicseaweed Team so they could continue to access the data they need in a format they were familiar with.
How do I find it?
Hit the Forecast tab of any spot page, and then use the layout toggle to the top-right of the forecast view (highlighted in the other red box below).
Why use this new forecast view?
- If you prefer a simple layout to quickly scan across the forecast
- See forecast data condensed – quickly scan down columns to see how wind, sorted swell height & period, weather, and pressure develop over time.
- If you want to print a forecast due to limited internet connection How can I print a forecast?
What am I looking at?
Timestamp & rating. The far left of any forecast row shows the timestamp & condition rating. Learn how the ratings work: Surf Conditions Ratings & Colors.
Surf height. Our estimated range of breaking waves you'll see at the beach. This is calculated from the Primary and Secondary swells' size, period & direction of impact.
Primary swell. Swells (see Swell vs Surf to understand the difference) are sorted by their relative contribution to the resulting surf height. The primary swell has the greatest contribution (so you can learn something about what makes that break work!)
Secondary swell. Following on from .3 (above), from left to right, swells listed decrease in their impact on calculated surf height for that specific spot. Seeing a swell greyed out? This is due to it having a period less 4 seconds, which likely won't produce ridable surf.
Wind. The bigger black number is average windspeed, and the smaller number is gust speed. When the gusting wind speed number is red, we are trying to highlight that the gusting speed is significantly higher which will likely have a negative impact on surf quality.
Weather. A simple icon to show conditions and air temperature readout.
Pressure. Atmospheric pressure is one of the oldest ways to figure our whether the weather will be changing.
Probability. Our 21 swell models use slightly different "initial conditions" to predict future wind and swell. The resulting % score is based on how close the 21 models are in their forecasts. A 100% probability score means there is consensus among the models, but like any weather-related forecast, the model guidance may prove to be incorrect.
Demo of table view: clicking on a day to open more info
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